Why are plants important?

How planting trees & plants benefits our planet.

The important of plants/trees to the environment

Plants help cleanse the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide a home to over 80% of the terrestrial biodiversity on the planet. Over 1.6 billion people world-wide rely on working with forests as their livelihood. Plant and plant matter found around the globe are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines that we know of, which much more left unexplored. Trees and plants are vital to the plant's health, and 36Vine presents the six pillars which explain why.

Air

Plants take in harmful pollutants and impurities in the air and release clean oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. In cities and urban environments, heavy pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, etc, particles get mixed into the air we breath in the form of dusk or smoke which permeates all around us non-stop due to wind caused by cars and other forms of locomotion. Added to this, alarmingly increased levels of carbon dioxide  caused by modern deforestation and fossil fuel combustion contribute to trapping heat in our atmosphere subtly poisoning every level of our breathable air. However, human habitats that become well integrated with trees and helpful plants will absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide and help to reduce the effects of climate change. This can only work if enough people advocate within their own sphere of influence to buy 36Vine plants and get involved with various 36Vine Causes.  

Water

Plant biomass play a key role in the hydrological cycle, or the water cycle. Plants contribute by evaporating captured rainwater precipitation into the atmospheric circulation. Natural cycles are crucial in and reducing natural disaster risks and balancing eco-system equilibrium. Each mature evergreen tree is capable of intercepting more than 15,000 liters of water annually with their root systems, which not only absorbs harmful pollutants, but also prevents catastrophes like flooding. 

Biodiversity

Forget the rainforest, even a single tree found at your local state park can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. Without trees, countless creatures would perish. This can't be felt more than the tragic loss of life of over a billion animals in the recent 2020 Australian bushfires and the impacts it will cause. Without a doubt, the effects of this loss will be felt all the way up the food chain to humans. 

 

Social Impact

Job opportunities provided by industries working with plants are endless. From arborists, to nurseries, to researchers, to loggers, our reliance on plants extend far beyond income. Sustainable tree farming provides timber used to construct everything from buildings to furniture, food producing plants provide sustenance and nutrition that all living creatures depend on for survival, fragrant vines & flowers give life to any space from bedrooms, to offices, to event venues, and are a wonderful alternative to manufactured chemical scent diffusers. 

Climate

Cities currently hold more than 50% of the world’s population — estimates peg city population will increase to hold 66% of human population by the year 2050. To accommodate this kind of growth, we must integrate all of our spaces with plants, trees, and nature. We must each of us, do our part in contributing to the survival of our species by taking action. In cities, trees can reduce overall temperature by up to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit (8 C) with a mature tree capable of absorbing an average of 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.Trees and plant biomass help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Health

Spending time in plant-rich environments can reduce stress, speed up recovery from mental fatigue, slow down heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, AND lower anxiety.As reported from Psychology today, multiple research studies have yielded direct correlations of plants reducing symptoms of depression, increasing memory retention, improving concentration, higher levels of creativity, and even increasing self esteem.

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