Earth Day gives us a time to pause and reflect on our relationship with the environment. As humanity grows older and wiser, concerns for our planet have taken center stage. A vital movement has been brewing for the past 46 years regarding environmental issues. The creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act was enacted the same year of the first Earth Day back in 1970. In this span of time, many laws were enacted such as the Clean Air Act and Safe Water Drinking Act. But the most important piece of legislation was the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) enacted in January 1, 1970 that set out to protect our environment and natural resources.
Humanity is waking up to the fact we have to cooperate with nature, not compete with her and Earth Day celebrates this awakening with over 1 billion people taking action to protect our shared environment.
As a company that has been promoting plants for interior environments over the past 35 years, Plantscapers has been giving our customers an Earth Day every day with our plants and the biophilic effects that come from it. The term biophilia names the instinctive bond that humans have between other living organisms and living systems. In other words, a single plant placed in a room enhances air quality, provides aesthetics that trigger good feelings, and brings moisture to dry recirculated indoor air. Our plants help to create a healthy “green” environment that resonates with our connection to nature.
The Green Plants for Green Buildings website states, “Research suggests that buildings that contain features of preferred natural environments will be more supportive of human well-being and performance than those that do not contain these features.” This has gone so far as to initiate the WELL Building Standard that has established design and construction strategies to create healthy buildings which includes the wonderful world of plants indoor.
Yet it is our clients we must ultimately give credit for being the green enthusiasts. It is their requests that bring us out to install living plants on walls, place them in containers and planter beds so their homes, businesses, and public areas reflect natural and healthy surroundings.
We celebrate Earth Day and its wonderful and positive influence on our environment. As well as the growing awareness that plants are a vital part of any environment, including the ones indoors.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!