Plants are important to humans. Our forefathers had very little of our luxuries in every aspect of their lives. Life was mostly about survival, particularly as they did not have much of an edge over the vagaries of nature. Hence, plants (agriculture) were the base of their sustenance. With access to limited resources and even fewer means to exploit them, man-made do with what he had. A constant companion of man through the ages has been Nature, with all her flora and fauna. Vegetation, specifically, has been a witness to man’s evolution throughout. Plants have surrounded most of us in some of the other forms. Even after so many millennia, we still feel their need and existence in our daily lives. Without plants, the earth would not exist, and so neither would we. Therefore, Plants are important to humans and their survival.
Plants are important to humans to regulate Vegetation and the climatic condition
The ongoing furor over global warming is evidenced enough of how man-made activities have been hampering the natural balance. One of the key reasons for this imbalance is the massive scale of deforestation.
Plants engage in photosynthesis, wherein they extract the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use the same to prepare their food. This releases oxygen in the process. This is the very oxygen that we breathe. The vapor-transpiratory activities of plants help cool down the atmosphere. This ability of plants to regulate temperature, in a way, affects the rainwater cycle and precipitation. Ultimately the availability of groundwater and the subsequent growth of crops and plants are impacted. This is a cycle. Hence, plants are vital in regulating weather conditions. In the case of deforestation, we can observe it over a matter of a few years at a local scale, and within a decade at a global scale.
Plants are important to humans and have a role to play towards soil conservation
Plants and the soil conditions are inter-dependent. They derive nutrition and water from the soil to cook their food and survive. In turn, they develop an extensive root system throughout the soil, which grows wider without interruption. The root system holds the soil particles together and aerates them. This allows the percolation of water from the eth surface and maintains the groundwater table.
Also, during flooding and strong storms, a thick plant cover does not allow the soil to be exposed. The particles are held firmly in place by the root system and are not easily carried away. This prevents soil erosion, even in the face of natural calamities.
Plants offer a habitat for organisms
Plants are the home grounds for thousands of living organisms. For generations, these animals, big and small, have been residing in forests and plants. They have evolved to adapt to the existing vegetation. This is a symbiotic relationship, wherein both the flora and fauna benefit from each other’s activities.
A sudden, drastic reduction of plant cover can create a ripple effect across the ecosystem. The most visible impact is the loss of habitat for thousands of animals and birds. They then spill over to human habitations. Needless to say, that does not always end well. In the longer-term, this is likely to impact the weather and soil conditions. Productivity levels of the land reduce; growing crops becomes costlier and entail more efforts. Plants are thus a boon to mankind and we need to protect it at all costs. Plants are important to humans.