Article Written by Crystal Ledbetter
“Going green” isn’t a term that’s foreign to America. Ever since ego-friendly campaigns started the popular phase has been a clever representative. Majority of the campaigns encouraged alternative energy sources, energy-efficient appliances and technology made from environmentally friendly materials. For many, buying special electronics and alternative energy can be pricey, if not completely financially unrealistic. If you want to do your part, but simply don’t have the money, there is a simple solution. Gardening. Things such as energy efficient gadgets cost hundreds to thousands of dollar but a few seeds only cost a couple of bucks at most.
With cities popping up everywhere sometimes it’s easy to forget that we should make up for the plant life we’ve destroyed. Not only do plants produce oxygen, which many living organism need to live, they also provide food for creatures and regulate the atmosphere. Plants emit water into the atmosphere when the climate gets too hot. It is important to note that carbon dioxide is the one of main greenhouse gases that is contributing to global warming because plants actually use carbon dioxide to produce their nourishment. This means that planting a significant amount of plants around the world may actually help slow down the global warming process.
Plants aren’t only good for the environment they’re also good for us as well. There are many studies that explore the positive impact that plants have on humans. It has been proven that being around plants is therapeutic because it naturally elevates mood while relieving stress. As a result, people that are around plants generally have better mental stability and health than people that aren’t. Being around plants also increases creativity, learning and concentration. The color green itself signals to our brains to be more productive.
If that’s not convincing, then gardening can be looked at also from a business and community point of view. Businesses would benefit from planting trees and flowers around their business because people subconsciously associate beautiful scenery with a better perceived quality of life and happiness. So plants would automatically attract people to the business. Communities with more plants tend to have less crime. This is due to the fact that plants encourage people to come outside and interact with each other more, which would strengthen the community while fostering people’s natural compassion for each other.
When it comes to building a sustainable future, the big picture can easily overwhelm people into doing nothing. It’s common to feel as though you’re too small to make a difference. If this is a feeling you’re familiar to, thinking about the Butterfly effect may help. One butterfly flipping its wings has the potential to become a major variable in the making of a hurricane on the side of the world. Your individual actions do affect the Earth, even as little as they seem. You can use this power to take on small step for good or one small step for bad. No matter what you do, you’re influencing the world around you just as it is influencing you. The Earth belongs to everyone, which means the health of our Earth is a collective responsibility. It may not seem like much, to plant a tree or a flower, but think of it this way: if everyone plants just one plant each then, collectively, we’d all be heading towards a healthier path together.
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