Green earth

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,

but borrow it from our children.

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While I was looking over internet, I saw special deals and combos practically on most sites for this mother’s day. Mother’s day has its own meaning for each person and we all celebrate it with our mothers, grandmothers or special motherly figures in our lives. But while I was thinking of writing a special write up for mother’s day, I thought of the omni presence we all have in our lives but there are very few who feel it, famously known as Nature. So before this mother’s day I will take immense privilege in wishing our mother nature a Happy Mother’s day for all her care and scarifies she made for us. Its all because of her, we are even existing. And thus my this post is about nature and its importance and benefits in our lives.

Mother nature has always been the giver and we have always been the taker. What we all have not realized for centuries is the simple rule of gratitude. I feel that we as a society or as a group may be doing our bit to save the environment but by giving some of our monthly income to society maintenance and to some NGO to save plants and wildlife will not make up for our duties as an individual.  As a responsible human being, its my duty to contribute some percentage in saving the nature, least by planting trees and plants, and taking care of them.

Plans to protect air,

water, wilderness and wildlife

are in fact plans to protect man.

Stewart Udall

These lines hold so much truth in themselves. I keep reading in newspapers, magazines, social media about water scarcity, rising temperatures, pollution, extinction of wildlife etc. Then in turn, there are petitions being signed, protest marches are conducted and many more such measures are taken to curb it. But no one realizes that we are trying to do those things which hold little importance. I seriously ponder over the kind of atmosphere we are going to give to the coming generations in future. Have we not realized that what we are fearing to happen will actually be happening with them?  What we will sow today, our children will reap from it tomorrow.

In today’s scenario, there is a dangerous rise in terms of pollution, population and deforestation. All of these things are related with trees and plants. Half of mankind’s problem will resolve with more plantation. As a mother, since the time my daughter is born, I have taught her umpteen things, intentionally and unintentionally. It is a basic rule that our children learn from our actions more than from our words. As an individual, I am very careful in my actions and words as she is a quick learner. I recall one small incident. I water the plants twice a day daily in my balcony. She always use to see me doing that and enjoys watering them as well. And now she is the one who drags me in the evening to water the plants. It doesn’t take much to plant trees or small plants in our vicinity. I will list some of the many benefits we can get by planting more trees and plants.

Environmental Benefits

  1. Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.
  2. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  3. Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns.
  4. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
  5. Evergreen trees can be used to reduce wind speed and thus loss of heat from your home in the winter by as much as 10 to 50 percent.
  6. Trees absorb and block noise and reduce glare. A well placed tree can reduce noise by as much as 40 percent.
  7. Trees help settle out and trap dust, pollen and smoke from the air. The dust level in the air can be as much as 75 percent lower on the sheltered side of the tree compared to the windward side.

Personal and Social Benefits

  • Trees are the least expensive plants you can add to your landscape when you consider the impact they create due to their size.
  • A tree can provide pleasant smells. A cherry tree can perfume the air with 200,000 flowers.
  • Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful and tranquil in a grove of trees. We are “at home” there.
  • Trees provide us with color, flowers, fruit, interesting shapes and forms to look at.
  • Trees can seperate and define space thus providing a sense of privacy, solitude and security, and create a feeling of relaxation and well being.
  • Studies have documented that urban vegetation can result in slower heartbeats, lower blood pressure and more relaxed brain wave patterns.
  • Sound waves are absorbed by tree leaves and branches. A belt of trees 100 feet wide and 45 feet high can reduce highway noise by 50 percent.

 

Apart from planting trees in our vicinity, one can also have indoor and outdoor plants in the home as well. Houseplants should transcend trends. The benefits they confer should make us consider them a necessity in addition to an object of decor, because honestly, good health should never be out of style. Here are some of the ways that bringing plants inside helps us out.

1. They give an assist in breathing

It is a known fact that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day unlike humans, due to photosysnthesis, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. But when photosynthesis stops at night, most plants absorbs oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This implies that use of these plants in bedrooms will keep the oxygen flowing at night.

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2. They help deter illness

In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration. Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! The same thing happens at home (minus the groundwater table part), which increases the humidity indoors. While this may sound unappealing during hot moist months, it’s a gift during drier months which forms the major part of summers in northen India. Thus using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. And other researches reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.

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3. They clean the air

Extensive research by the space agency discovered a concept in indoor air quality improvement in which plants play a pivotal role: “Both plant leaves and roots are utilized in removing trace levels of toxic vapors from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.” The NASA researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

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4. They boost healing

Bringing flowers or a plant while visiting a hospital patient may be verging on cliché, but so effective are plants in helping surgery patients recover that they are recommended as a “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.” Plants as medicine! The study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms. So now we all know what we have to take while visiting hospitals.

5. They help you work better

A number of studies reveals that studying or working in the presence of plants can have a pretty goodly effect. As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study. Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration, which in turn increases the productivity. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.” So all those people running different offices and businesses, buy and place lots of plants in the office to increase productivity and employee performance.plants-in-office

Not only on mother’s day but on every possible occasion, I will buy myself plants and enjoy my womanhood and motherhood with them. It will a satisfying feeling to see and nuture lives in front of me. And most important I will have my own balcony garden in my house, which will add to the beautiful decor of my house. It will give me a chance to bring a small change in the society and I will also do my bit in improving environment. With the beautiful range of indoor and outdoor plants, several options can be tried with the placements to enhance the ambiance of the place.

HappyDecorating

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