Nowadays, Mother Earth is struggling to survive. Unfortunately, we are responsible for many current environmental problems such as waste disposal, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, climate change, and pollution. These problems are so big that we think that one person can’t do anything to solve them. However, it is not true.
You might not be able to stop climate change on your own, but you can still help nature by starting a garden in your backyard. You’d be surprised to learn how much it can do for the planet. These are the reasons why you need to plant your garden today:
Big cities have one typical pattern – new buildings ‘grow’ faster than trees. It doesn’t make sense since people need plants more than new roads and skyscrapers.
In the process of photosynthesis, plants combine water with the carbon dioxide which they take from the air. Then, with the help of sunlight, they release oxygen.
Oxygen is essential to sustaining life. According to Homethods, an average person can’t survive without it longer than a minute. After 60 seconds without oxygen, brain cells begin to die. No wonder, we feel so good being in nature.
Also, trees help clean the air people breathe and reduce energy temperatures. As you can understand, every plant counts. That’s why starting a garden in your backyard is so important.
At this point, it’s difficult to imagine the extent of pollution in the world. For instance, every year, people dump more than 6 billion kilograms (14 billion pounds) into the world’s oceans. In some areas such as Beijing in China, the air is very polluted. It increases the risk of lung cancer as much as smoking one pack of cigarettes per day.
You can decrease pollution by growing in your garden plants, vegetables, and fruit. As stated above, plants will help produce more oxygen. If you start growing your own food in the backyard garden or a greenhouse, you will stop buying groceries in plastic packages and hence reduce waste (at least in your house). Let’s not forget, that growing your own vegetables can also help promote your health and save money. More than that, gardening is a great physical activity that will make you spend more time outside.
Global warming decrease
Massive industrial activity causes an increase in average temperatures on Earth, which can lead to devastating consequences. Quite probably, you are not in a position to impact industrial or agricultural activities in the United States, China, or any other country. However, you can still do little things to decrease global warming. For example, you can use less water, recycle, replace your light bulbs with LEDs, and take care of your garden!
To fight global warming in your garden, plant as many trees as possible; make sure to incorporate the diversity of native plants. Also, create a shadow in your garden, so that you will not use air-conditioning during the warm summer days. Using less electricity in your house can also decrease global warming.
Noise levels reduction
Your oasis in the backyard can help protect your neighbors and yourself from the noise pollution from the railway station or highway that is next to your house. Trees in your garden can absorb noise and attract wildlife.
Planting your garden is a cost-effective method that can improve your well-being.
If you want to help the planet, consider growing your own food in the garden. It is the only way to reduce waste and carbon footprint. Once you start growing tomatoes, herbs, potatoes, lettuce, and other vegetables in your garden, you will not have to rely solely on supermarkets. Every time you buy a fruit or vegetable, keep in mind that they are traveling an average of 1,500+ miles before getting to the supermarket shelf. Needless to say, that all this traveling around impacts the product’s flavor and freshness. Also, it also emits enormous amounts of waste and carbon emissions associated with air freight.
Growing your own food can help reduce the amount of burning fossil fuels and waste from food packaging.
As you can understand, it will not only help the environment, but it will also promote your health. It’s been proven that foods with high amounts of dangerous chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers cause severe diseases, including cancer.
You can grow your own food and make sure it is clean and healthy.
Gardening gives you the chance to help our planet fight with global warming, pollution, and other environmental problems. It is a chance for you to gain new skills and learn how the world works.
Environment impacts our life expectancy, the destiny of future generations, and different animal species. Earth is the only home we have after all.
You don’t need to be a billionaire or a president to make the world a better place. It will be enough if you find some time to take care of your garden because every plant matters.