The benefits of community gardens for urban areas - increased air quality

There are a number of common air pollutants in the atmosphere of urban environments. Building community gardens could be a great solution to this problem! It is important to remember that plants take in carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas associated with global warming. Building a community garden can reduce your carbon footprint by giving oxygen back to the environment. Air pollution is a big concern due to its harmful effects on human health and the environment.

Urban community gardens can increase air quality because plants will absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis. Plants can help cool urban areas through the water that evaporates from their leaves when exposed to the sun’s rays, and by shading surfaces that otherwise might have absorbed heat. Banning or at least restricting vehicle use in urban areas would be a crucial move, but building more community gardens or green spaces can further reduce pollution and keep cities cool in the increasingly scorching summers that lie ahead.

Get involved in community gardening in your neighbourhood and give nature a helping hand in improving our air quality.

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