One of the major contributing factors to the extinction of orchid species is Global warming. Many orchids are happy when in a very narrow temperature band (as many of you will have witnessed when growing orchids at home). In many mountainous regions such as the Sikkim Himalayas, this temperature is achieved by altitude – the higher you go, the cooler it is.
The problems arrive in more flat areas where the orchids have no option to migrate to a higher altitude. In these areas, the orchids cannot adapt to the quickly changing temperature and as a result, many have been driven to the edge of extinction.
Tomorrow (Thursday 15th October) is Blog Action Day 2009, where bloggers across the world unite to blog about one issue: Climate Change.
This is an issue that affects us all, but particularly the world of plants and orchids. Orchid populations can be used to prove global warming, and climate change can be held responsible for driving many orchid species to or near to extinction.
So join us tomorrow for Blog Action Day 2009 for a special day of climate change – through the eyes (or leaves) of an Orchid!
Partly because of the 2 year anniversary of our expedition to South Africa and partly because it’s on my to-do list, I’ve compiled a page of all the material including photos and press releases of our Cape Town project, both past present and future.
Expect more pages popping up over the next few months as I gather together all of the articles and photos from our other projects across the globe, but in the mean time, head on over to South Africa and test your Afrikaans (or your favourite translator) as well as having a look at photos from our display stand and visit to the Erica Primary School.
One of the most rewarding things for me about the Orchid Project is starting conservation and education projects across the globe. Some of you may remember our visit to Cape Town in October 2007 where we exhibited at the Cape Town Flower and Garden show and donated a Laminar flow cabinet to the Erica Primary School.
Well I’m very pleased to report that this project is going well! Since our visit the project is building new greenhouses and has increased it’s Cymbidium collection. They are selling and propagating Cymbidiums for fundraising for the project.
The principle at Erica Primary, Jonathan Dennis, has also provided me with a press release on the project and the story so far. Have a look at the brand new Capt Town Project page for more information, including news articals and photo libraries!