Air pollution has become the major challenge faced by humans since the quest for industrialization and development of communities.
Not that industrialization and development is bad, but it has exposed living things that exist, most especially humanity, to too many dangers. Humans experience many health complications now in comparison to older generations before now, when man wholly depended on agriculture. In all the goodness of industrialization, human health has been tampered with, without setting accessible alternatives for the job plants do to help the air and climate..
When humans depended on plants for livelihood, the atmosphere was more enjoyable than now that plants are considered as enemies to humanity. Humans keep cutting down plants without replacement, either for economic uses or land preparation for other functions. Plants are the best gift given to humanity to enjoy and to serve as climate managers. No wonder the bible made mentioned that God made man and put him in the garden. We all know that a garden is a place covered with plants. This proves that God that made man and put plants to help him with good air and climatic balance. No matter how small or big a plant may be, it is important to human well being. Despite the need to industrialize our communities and countries, we must also create chances for plants to remain.
So, here are some roles plants play to reduce air pollution and climate change mitigation.
Roles of plants in reducing air pollution and climate change mitigation
PLANTS SERVE AS AIR FILTERS:
Plants are said to be converters of carbon dioxide produced by man during exhalation into oxygen then sent back to man. One could consider plants to be air filters, because they have the oxygen producing system in them, and man has carbon dioxide producing system in him. Man doesn’t need carbon dioxide in him again because he has it already. What man needs is oxygen. The air is always polluted with one carbon to another. So in absence of plants around humanity there will be no producer of oxygen for man which will make him take in carbon dioxide instead of oxygen. Plants are primarily made to cohabit with human from the beginning of time. The only work man has to do, is to nuture the plants to look better. But instead of nurturing, man destroys plants. Destruction of plants means you’re indirectly destroying your oxygen producing system. The reason why the world keeps fighting one new disease to another is because man is running short of oxygen producing system (plants). The air is always polluted by one industry to another, even by human activities.
TREES ABSORB CHEMICALS RELEASED INTO THE AIR
The world’s forest absorb a third of global emissions every year. Particles, odors and noxious waste gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxide settle on the leaves of trees. Trees absorb these toxic chemicals through their stomata effectively filtering these chemicals from the air. This means planting 50million trees would remove about 2.5million tones of CO2 from the atmosphere.
TREES MITIGATE, TRAPP AND RELEASE LIFE-GIVING OXYGEN
Trees mitigate the greenhouse gas effect by trapping heat and release life-giving oxygen. If we continue with our current rate of deforestation, it will have severe consequences on the quality of our air.
THE LEAVES OF GREEN PLANTS SYNTHESIZES
Leaves of green plants always serve as synthesizer of food from carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere and release oxygen in the atmosphere.
Plants are very needed in air pollution control. Industrial plants should be based on recycling operations as it helps prevent disposal of wastes into natural waters but also extraction of products from waste. Plants, trees and forests control pollution as they act as natural air conditioners.
Plants play important roles in air pollution because during the process of photosynthesis, they take in CO2 from the atmosphere and in turn release O2. Thus, decreasing the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Plants play a role of improving air quality through several mechanisms; they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis, they increase humidity by transpiring water vapor, passively absorb pollutants on the external surfaces of leaves and on the plant root-soil.
So in summary
Plants contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. Protecting and regenerating plants do humans more good that we cannot explain. Plants are the best and the most important friends God has given to humanity. As humans if you always destroy plants without replacement, you are destroying and shortening your life span. Because the agent provided by God to purify the air from pollutant for your intake is the plants you destroy.
The point is, protect and regenerate plants and you’re indirectly protecting and elongating your life naturally. God also set the nature to be our help, destroying nature means you are destroying the natural help God has provided for you.
Written by Peniel Jonathan
For #1000ManMarch #EarthRise for www.shareyourself.org