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Earth Day: The Power of the Plant

“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for” — Ernest Hemingway

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is the perfect reminder of the natural beauty of our planet. Flowers are not just beautiful; they promote a healthy ecosystem, serve as a food source, and nourish their surrounding environment.

Flowers appear on plants, which themselves are beneficial to our ecology and environment. Flowers attract insects and birds that serve as pollinators for the plant itself. The insects and birds keep the flowers well maintained and healthy by warding off predators and utilizing them for their growth.

earth-day-570041 The flower produces seeds that are pollinated when transported, released into the wind, or dropped from the plant. Flowers keep the ecosystem growing and provide new plant life, as well as help sustain insects and birds.

Flowers and plants perform a vital role in cleaning up other parts of our world. It’s no secret that greenery has a positive effect on climate and air quality. Flowers, shrubs, and trees help to reduce dust and smoke in the air thus improving its quality. Plants are still a primary source of oxygen on planet Earth and help keep us alive.

Over the past decades, studies have shown some plants and flowers cleanse the soil and water of contaminants.

The root systems of many flowers and plants that live in streams, lakes, and other bodies of water, often serve as filters to remove toxic metals and other chemicals.

Sunflowers, for example, can absorb radioactive materials or other pollutants from the soil without much harm to the plant. Environmental scientists call these types of plants hyperaccumulators.

Hyperaccumulators can consume large amounts of toxic materials and metal compounds in their leaves and stems more than typical plants; they are valued for cleaning up contaminated land.

Countries around the world celebrate Earth Day to commemorate the importance of protecting our natural environment. Senator Gaylord Nelson developed the idea back in 1970. Nelson was determined to convince the federal government that the planet was at risk and was inspired to educate the public. Nelson promoted the Earth Day concept at a conference and invited the entire nation to get involved. On April 22, 1970, Americans took to streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.  

Earth Day’s primary focus is saving our natural resources. Flowers and plants add life, beauty and are real-world examples of why the environment needs protecting.

Earth Day is a day designed to create awareness and appreciation for our planet. It’s a day to evoke people to think about the threats our planet faces and ways to help Earth — making small changes that have a significant impact.

Melissa Jones is an experienced mass market and e-commerce buyer with over 15 years in the floriculture industry.