Green On! by Hina Hazrat

Apr 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Youth Blog

images (2)We can not refute the significance of green plants on this planet. Without oxygen we cannot live for even a moment. Without oxygen, the animal world will die away. Plants make the oxygen and spread it in the air. While inhaling air we take the oxygen with it and live in life. Carbon dioxide makes our environment venomous. The plants take in carbon dioxide, hence they make the surrounding atmosphere clean thus lessening the greenhouse effect, which is now a prevailing global environmental issue.

Green plants are the unsung heroes of our environment. They add worth to your house, help cool homes and neighborhoods, provide shelter from the cold winds to lower heating costs, and grant us food for life.

Greenery improves air quality as plant leaves sift the air we breathe, removing dust and other particulates. Rain then washes the pollutants to the ground. Green plants are aesthetically pleasing, reduce heat along with carbon dioxide impact, reduce summer AC cost, reduce winter heat demand, reduce nitrogen pollution in rain, neutralize the effects of acid rain, reduce noise, reduce storm water run off, and provide habitat for the fine-looking song birds.

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Plants help us unwind and focus, leading to amplified productivity, creativity, idea generation, and problem solving capabilities. They have been verified to reduce anxiety and stress so well that one fleeting look at a plant lowers your heart rate. In addition to calming your heart rate, plants lower blood pressure and decrease muscle tension related to stress.  In fact, the presence of plants helps so much that it has been shown to mitigate the symptoms of various health related problems, such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children.

It is indispensable to understand that every individual is pivotal in making changes to address environmental issues and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect our planet. So, let’s start planting trees in all vacant places, and advise others to do the same. Let’s say Green On!

After making an area green, we will have accepted our citizenship in this green world. We make a promise that we will go on planting later too, continuing this great deed because we are out of harm’s way only when our environment is safe and sound.

Let’s face the prevailing environmental global issues hand in hand and say, go green!

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By Hina Hazrat, Volunteer Youth Blogger

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