World Environment Day has been celebrated in over 100 countries on June 5 every year since 1974. United Nation primarily spreads awareness about the challenges and the need for environment conservation on this day and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes events annually on this day to encourage worldwide awareness for the protection of the environment. The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Bio Diversity” and is described as “both urgent and existential” by the Environment Day committee on its official website.
“The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. By upsetting the delicate balance of nature, we have created ideal conditions for pathogens – including coronaviruses – to spread,” says the World Environment Day website.
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The lockdown which was imposed in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has positive some consequences that could help combat air pollution in India. An NDTV article suggests that in April, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported 46 per cent reduction in PM2.5 levels and 50 per cent depletion in PM10 concentrations in Delhi – one of the most polluted capitals in the world. As lockdown restrictions are eased and the world resumes back to work, we need to ensure that the air we breathe, remains clean so that we can lead a healthy life.
Here are some plants on World Environment Day that will keep air purified in your home-
Areca palm indoor plant is one of the best air purifiers to clean the air. Areca palm plants help in absorbing can absorb harmful gases like formaldehyde and benzene and also absorbs indoor air pollutants like xylene, acetone, and toluene which are emitted from paints, petroleum products and wooden furniture. This plant also adds moisture to the air and helps people who suffer from sinus issues.
The Gerbera plant which is also known as Barberton Daisy is ideal for those who like bright flowers that can bloom with even minimal care. It is an air purifying plant. The NASA Clean Air Study to research ways to clean the air in space stations found Gerbera to be one of the plants that removes volatile organic pollutants according to an NDTV article.
The snake plant, which is also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is a beautiful indoor plant which purifies indoor air. The plant helps remove toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene from the air. Snake plant filters indoor air quality even during night time.
Money plant is a common indoor plant with heart-shaped leaves. This plant produces oxygen at night unlike other plants which produce carbon dioxide at night and is also excellent for filtering the air. No wonder why this plant is any homeowner’s favourite as it is also a low maintenance plant and very beautiful to look at.
Tulsi or Holy Basil is an excellent air-purifying indoor plant. It filters the air and removes harmful toxins and is widely praised for its health benefits. The plant is easy to grow with a few hours of sunlight a day.