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Building Awareness

Your Home and Everything In It Takes from the Homes of Wildlife

 

What is home to you?

That warm feeling of safety, comfort, and love. Where you can sleep peacefully knowing your loved ones are protected. 

What if it was taken away from you? What if you had to leave your city, find shelter in an unfamiliar place? You won’t know where you’ll be staying for the night or how you’ll get food and water for your family.

Just imagining gives you goosebumps. But this is the reality for millions of wildlife, with the number increasing each passing day. They are losing their place of refuge, protection, and comfort.

We all are a part of the cause. How?

The design/build industry accounts for 50% of all habitat destruction.

We build our houses with little regard for the natural world around us, creating structures that are designed to keep us separate from nature rather than to connect us with it. We pave over habitats, cut down trees, and pollute the air and water, all in the name of progress and convenience.

When did we go from co-existence to conquer-it-all?

many monkeys on foot path covered in moss in front of forest with one monkey in focus looking off in the distance

By disconnecting and distancing ourselves from the natural world, we forget that what is happening to them will one day happen to us. We coexist. If one is in danger, that means we all are in danger. The loss of one can have far-reaching consequences for the whole.

We forget that we are not the only inhabitants of this planet, and that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve the habitats of other species as well.

It’s not too late to heal the planet. If you think, but I can’t do anything. You can. As you’ve heard, change begins at home. You can start the chain of change from your home itself.

What can you do to minimize the impact of your choices and preserve natural habitat?

To reconnect with wildlife, we must first recognize the similarities between our homes and theirs. We must remember that they, like us, require shelter, food, and water to survive. We must understand that our homes and lifestyles profoundly impact the habitats of wildlife. By consciously making choices in our daily lives and home design, we can create a more harmonious coexistence with the natural world.

In our homes, we can create spaces that connect us with the natural world, that invite wildlife in rather than shut it out. We can plant gardens that provide food and shelter for local animals, build birdhouses and bat boxes, and incorporate natural materials like reclaimed wood and stone into our designs. We can also make conscious choices in our daily lives, such as choosing sustainable materials and products, minimizing energy and water consumption, and supporting conservation efforts and wildlife organizations.

Ultimately, reconnecting with wildlife is about reconnecting with ourselves. It is about recognizing that we are part of something larger than ourselves, and that our actions have consequences that extend far beyond our own lives. It is about finding a sense of wonder, awe, and reverence for the natural world, and allowing it to inspire us to live more sustainably and harmoniously with the earth.

In the end, the similarities between our homes and the homes of wildlife are not just physical, but spiritual as well. Home Design and Wildlife Conservation, together as one, reminds us that we are all connected, and that the health and well-being of one is intertwined with the health and well-being of all. Let us take this message to heart, and work to create homes that are not just shelters for ourselves, but sanctuaries for all life.

Wildlife-Friendly Home Design Services

At Wildlifeel at Home, we help you design a home that’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also minimizes the impact on the environment and preserve natural habitat. If this resonates with you, join us in the design process that allows your home to stand with great purpose.