Looking after your plants doesn’t just result in a beautiful garden; it also contributes to the planet’s wellbeing. There are thousands of rare species in danger of disappearing forever. Here are four reasons we should be working to save them.
1. Supporting the Ecosystem
Plants are extremely important to the survival of their own and other plant species – and they help animals too. Every plant from the most insignificant weed to the tallest tree helps to provide food for animals and insects and to assist in the survival of other fauna. Together, they also create habitats for creatures of all descriptions. Lose the plants, and you also lose the animals that live in them; and that’s not good for the ecosystem. The more diversity, the better, so keep those plants alive!
2. Holding the Earth Together
We all know that plants use the carbon dioxide we exhale and emit the oxygen that life on earth needs, but did you also know that some plants can serve as barometers of poor environmental conditions? Look at the condition of certain types of foliage and you can tell if the air in the area is too polluted and may cause harm to humans and animals. And plants literally help to hold the planet together, preventing soil erosion, helping to avert floods and more. If you want to stop land slippage, you plant certain types of flora, and that has to be worth protecting.
3. Medical Uses
Herbal medicine is big business, but beyond the products identified with that label, many other medicines have a plant base. Nature’s own remedies have had enduring use and if we lose the plants used in a major cure, then people are effectively in danger. Many plants are also used in food preparation, which is another good reason to protect them.
4. Protecting the Economy
Millions of people visit the world’s parks and nature reserves each year to enjoy their natural beauty and learn about their history, flora and fauna. These places make a major contribution to the economy because of all the money tourists spend on getting there and commemorating their visit with memorabilia. In many ways, this is a positive cycle. Preserving the environment attracts visitors who spend money that is used for further conservation efforts.
It’s easy to see that preserving plant life is not just an option, but a necessity, because of their historical, recreational, scientific, educational and ecological value. And let’s not forget their beauty, too!
About the Author: Jen Byiers writes for Gardens Galore,which provides landscape gardeners Glasgow services.