Mother Earth cares for all of us but we have not discovered a fraction of all her gifts
According to scientists, she is 4.543 billion years old. They might be off some 50 million years but let us not get hung up about her age, because at that age 50 million years are peanuts. Up till now, she is the only planet where life exists, life as we know it. But when you look at the sky during a starlit night, one cannot but think, trying to fathom the incomprehensible amount of stars we can see with a naked eye, to not think even about all we cannot see, there must be more than only us.
For those who believe there is only one earth, it is the more unbelievable that we treat her without respect. You will probably have heard the phrase: There is no planet B, well, for the moment there is no planet B for sure. Then why do we treat her so badly?
This is not a post where I want to talk about all the sins we commit to our environment. Remember the environment is our habitat right? I only want to touch upon a few of the many ways of polluting our world that modern men are so capable of. I wanted to talk about what Mother Earth does for us, acting like a real mother, forgiving her unruly children and again coming up with solutions when we have caused a problem and do not know what to do anymore.
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The Amazon rainforest
Did you know that the Amazon rainforest is disappearing at the alarming rate of some 20.000 square miles a year? More than 20% of the Amazon rainforest has already been lost. So sad as so many still to be discovered fauna and flora will never be identified. It is said that it took some 100 million years to form.
One starts realizing how important the Amazon rainforest is when one hears it provides 20% of Earth’s oxygen. It is one of the lungs of Mother Earth and when it is gone we will have problems breathing as this place is a vital piece of the Earth’s ecosystem.
Scientists think there is a minimum of 1000 unknown marine species to be discovered on top of the known 2000 species of fish. Then there are more than 2000 bird species living in the rainforest. It is assumed there are at least one million plant species which grow there and many hold medicinal properties of which we have no knowledge yet and perhaps never will.
The air we breathe
It seems that the air we breathe on a daily/nightly basis is getting worse. We cannot stop breathing just because we sleep. The sad thing is, we are polluting the air with many different things. There are pollutants from our car exhaust pipes, and factories with those smoke plums which can hold toxic particles, even if by law it is forbidden.
In 2016 a big car tire dump caught fire and produced some awful smoke. On this YouTube, you can see it.
This is an interesting video talking about New York City and how they managed their waste problem over time.
Landfill accident in Spain
Just recently in Feb 2020, there was a bad accident in a big landfill in Spain. 2 Workers got covered by a landslide, then a fire started and the people living nearby were told to stay in their houses with the windows closed.
The pollution of the air is caused by humans. We need oxygen to breathe so it is rather strange we cut oxygen-producing trees at an alarming rate. Then there are huge fires worldwide. All in all the air is becoming of lesser quality and causes many respiratory-related ailments.
The air inside your house
I live upcountry in an old farmhouse. In the winter, I open the windows and air at midday and in the summer I open everything early in the morning when it still is relatively cool. Especially the workrooms and bedroom are aired by opening the windows on all sides to really renew the air completely.
I am surprised to find out there is a study that stated indoor air is rarely refreshed? It seems that in Western countries people spend a lot of time inside their homes, in some cases up to 90% of their time. Imagine when you breathe the same air for days on end, really awful.
It seems there are 7 common indoor air pollutants
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Radon is a gas that is produced during the decay of elements such as uranium and radium. It has radioactive particles that will damage the cell lining of our lungs.
Then we have nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
How about secondhand smoke.
Then we have to include some lead particles, asbestos, and for good measure add to it all, some mold.
All these things can be in the indoor air you breathe also because you do not air your house on a daily basis.
We often bring the pollutants home in things like badly made candles, air fresheners, etc. It was discovered that those plug-in-fresheners could contain 20 organic compounds. At least one third have been classified as toxic or hazardous. Then there are things like xylene, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
All of this you will have in things like lacquers, insect sprays, cleaners, and air fresheners and the list is quite a bit longer. All this bad stuff in the air you breathe can cause irritated throat, headache, and breathing problems.
The solution for cleaning the air, a gift from Mother Nature
Nature can be a big help and in the form of houseplants, can provide the solution to bad air in your home. Here are some you might consider using.
How about a Dwarf Date plant. You have to be careful as it has pointed needles so do not get hurt. This plant grows slow but is drought resistant and in the meantime, will do a great job by filtering the xylene out of the air.
Then there is the so-called bathroom plant, the Boston Ferns. It loves humidity and little light as it is native to the forests. A great helper as this plant gets rid of xylene as well as formaldehyde.
The Spider plant can remove 95% of formaldehyde from a closed environment in a 24 hour period, thanks to its spider-like offshoots. It is a super plant.
Chinese Evergreen does not need much light but keep it on a high place as the leaves are toxic when ingested. This plant is strong and will live a long time and meanwhile will filter formaldehyde and benzene.
There are more plants that will do a good job of cleaning your indoor air, like the Weeping Fig Plant, English Ivy, Gerbera, and Lilyturf.
Here is a good book on helpful indoor plants you might want to get.
Mother Nature is great. She provides for all our needs even if we do not appreciate it.
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Source: The Urban Monk, Newsletter 21 Feb 2020
Photo Source: Pixabay
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