Why Earth Day is important? Earth Day is a wonderful annual event will take place but why does it matter?
Because plants are extemely important to the enviroment.
How do plants benefit the environment?
Plants aid in the purification of the air.
Although this is obviously self-evident, let's start at the beginning. Plants help to clean the air we breathe, and they even provide us with the oxygen we need to live.
Photosynthesis is a process that many of us learned about in school. Plants just take in carbon dioxide to help them develop, which is fantastic because the world is currently experiencing a severe carbon dioxide problem.
They also produce oxygen during the photosynthesis process. That means that every plant in your garden or home is a mini-oxygen factory, which is fantastic for us.
More plants mean more oxygen and less CO2. Brilliant!
Plants are required to support the water cycle.
Plants release about 10% of the moisture in the atmosphere through a process known as transpiration, which is essentially the same as sweating.
They utilise the water they absorb through their roots for photosynthesis before releasing it as water vapour through microscopic pores on the underside of their leaves. Plants assist in the circulation of water from the soil back into the atmosphere through transpiration.
Water in the atmosphere aids in the stabilisation of bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, and streams. Plant roots also help to stabilise soil, prevent landslides, and preserve ecosystems!
Plants also assist in lowering the temperature in large cities.
You're probably thinking we've gone insane, but trust us when we say this is genuine! It's also quite fascinating.
Plants on balconies and rooftops, in particular, can help to mitigate the 'heat island' effect. It all comes down to photosynthesis at the end of the day. Carbon dioxide reduction in the atmosphere has an indirect cooling influence on global temperatures. When plants become hot, they lose water, which cools the air around them.
We hope that this blog post has motivated you to do something kind for the environment every day, not just on Earth Day. It is up to each of us to make the planet a more sustainable place.