Ahh, the importance of language, and how we express our green messages, so I'm trying to be poetic or a little metaphorical in my gardening gabbling, as it's still spring for a few more days and with my sore wrist in hand (pardon the pun), one needs some inspiration to get back in the back garden and level it before laying pavers, mulch etc.
What living system can survive without its protection from the sun's deadly rays, its moisture retention, its detoxification, and its fuel and vitamins.
We can preach the concept of mulch as the garden’s moisturiser, in that bark, woodchips, straw, pebbles etc keep the moisture in and also act as a face lift, in preventing erosion!
The canopies are the sun-hats for the shade loving plants and local residents which help keep the urban heat island at bay.
The sediment control measures are the detox tablets (keeping the drains and ground water free of contaminants).
The organic fertiliser and compost are quite literally a food source and the vitamins.
The drought loving plants are teeny botanic camels, in their water storing splendour .....
Anyway, here is a recent, most insightful and in depth article from the UK on young people and their connectedness (or somewhat lack in this regard!) to nature. The comments by readers are also well worth a read.