Protecting species is not just about finding a particular animal cute. We need to protect certain species to preserve the biodiversity of our ecosystem.
"Bumblebee magnet," "bee mixture" and "butterfly meadow" are some of the names given to seed mixtures available at all garden centers, right next to the flower pots. Nowadays even city-dwellers like buying bird houses and seed balls from the hardware store so that they can turn their balconies into a verdant paradise. Green pioneers dabbling in urban gardening will reserve certain corners for plants that are hardly ever found in conventional agriculture. And all this is done to give the flora and fauna a little bit more space back at long last. A little bit more diversity. Because nature needs more space to breathe, and to live.
Of course, window boxes of insect-friendly plants on balconies are not the whole solution. Nor can this important space be completely guaranteed by building feeding boxes for squirrels or birds. But they are still small positive steps that any of us can take. And at the same time, we cannot just leave it at that. We have to think bigger.
Nature and progress, the environment and the modern world – rather than viewing them as mutually exclusive, we can do so much more to bring these forces harmoniously together. With smart solutions. With more acceptance for the space that plants and animals need to survive. Only in this way will we be able to preserve the backbone of our ecosystem: its biodiversity.
Companies also need to think about how they can give animals and plants more space to live again. For us at Deutsche Bahn, this goes without saying. You can read what measures we have taken to achieve this here.