The Quick Facts: Photosynthesis is a mechanism that we all learn about in elementary school but many people don’t realize the benefits of planting trees and other vegetation on the environment. Plants can be used in urban spaces to improve local air quality and, on a global scale, to reduce the impacts of climate change through carbon sequestration. Plant a tree, flowers, or garden today to reduce your impact and help clean the air.
How Plants Clean the Air
The cycle of how plants make energy is called photosynthesis. Greatly simplified, it is when the sun, water, minerals, and carbon dioxide are all absorbed by a plant and then used to make food, glucose/sugar, for the plant. Oxygen is produced as a by-product of this process and released into the air by leaves.