In addition to restoring the area next to the creek, Jason also cleared the overgrown area next to the street. He planted several Iowa native shrubs which feed wildlife, provide habitat, and contribute to the beauty of the street corner.
This is a superb example of how people are another form of nature in action. In one way or another every organism in nature attempts to form a beneficial relationship with other organisms. Competition is minimized because the competitors fail to really thrive—often the goal is to establish some form of mutually-beneficial collaboration. When we improve the soil and habitat of our yard, we are increasing the resiliency of that space and forming a positive relationship with it.
Recognizing that we are part of nature and understanding where we fit in this scheme can be very empowering because it can help us see new ways that we can contribute to the health of our environment. Since we are part of that environment—since we are a part of nature—our health
is subsequently increased.