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The climate change has taken its toll. Human error and pollution have caused a significant increase of world global temperature. One of the planet creatures that suffered from this phenomenon is the plants and there are many undiscovered plants that might also dissapear because of global warming and habitat loss. According to author Lucas Joppa of Microsoft Research in Cambridge,U.K: “Scientists have estimated that, overall, there could be between 5 million and 50 million species, but fewer than 2 million of these species have been discovered to date,”

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The newly look “Champs Elysées”

One of the most famous and glamorous avenue in the world the “champs-élysées” avenue of Paris made headlines last Saturday and Sunday. The advertising buzz has circulated around the city couple of days prior to the exhibition about  a giant venue that will take place in one of paris main tourist’s destination. The avenue will be completely transformed into a giant garden that exhibit different species of plants and livestock.

This idea was initiated by the organization of young French farmers “L’union des jeunes Agriculteurs” presented by 55,000 young farmers under the age of 35, to install a giant garden along a half mile stretch of the avenue.

More than 8000 parcels of soil

In this “Elysian Field”, the exhibition starts from “place de l’Etoile” until the round point of Champs Elysées. The organizers have carried about 8000 parcels of soil for about 300 kg each to be installed on the 1,2 km long avenue. Moreoever, there were more than 100 different types of vegetations (vegetables, flowers, cereals, fruits, etc) and 500 tons of chopped woods to be displayed in this two days exhibition. It was also possible to buy some of these plants in the stands in the sidewalk of the avenue.

A positive approach by the farmers againts the government

The advertising buzz was already all around the parisian newspapers and television two days prior to the exhibition. The idea behind this exhibition is to inform the people about the tensions in farming over environmental legislation that they say has penalized their competitiveness. Since Nicolas Sarkozy took over the government, the agricultural workers have seemed to be alienated. This cause some anger by the farmers and it went to its worst when  revenues for the farmers fell into its lowest. This provoked a tractor-led demonstration in front of the presidential palace couple of months ago.

Fortunately, yesterday’s exhibition was far from negative. The president of the “Jeunes Agriculteurs” William Villeneuve said “this is more like a celebration instead of protest”. He also added “They were successfully gathered farmers, lorry drivers, truck drivers, woodsmen, events planners: these men don’t usually work together, but here everyone is doing so with a smile,”

A very brilliant idea to gather support from the people by implementing positive demonstration instead of demonstration with violence and hatred.

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The newly look “Champs Elysées”

The most glamorous avenue the champs-élysées of Paris made headlines last Saturday and Sunday when the avenue was completely transformed into a giant garden that exhibit different species of plants and livestock. This idea was initiated by the organization of young French farmers “L’union des jeunes Agriculteurs” presented by 55,000 young farmers under the age of 35, to install a giant garden along a half mile stretch of the avenue.

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In this “Elysian Field”, the garden starts from “place de l’Etoile” until the round point of Champs Elysées. The organizers have carried about 8000 parcels of soil for about 300 kg each to be installed on the 1,2 km long avenue. Moreoever, there were more than 100 different types of vegetations (vegetables, flowers, cereals, fruits, etc) and 500 tons of chopped woods displayed in this two days exhibition. They even make stands for tourist and pedestrians to ask questions related to the venue or if they were interested in buying plants from the exhibition.

The advertising buzz was already all around the parisian newspapers and television two days prior to the exhibition. The idea behind this exhibition is to create better awareness to the parisians and to the world about the tensions in farming over environmental legislation they say has penalized their competitiveness. Since Nicolas Sarkozy took over the government, the agricultural workers have seemed to be alienated. This cause some anger by the farmers and it went to its worst when their revenues for the farmers fell into its lowest. This provoked a tractor-led demonstration in front of the presidential palace couple of months ago.

Fortunately, yesterday’s exhibition was far from negative. The president of the “Jeunes Agriculteurs” William Villeneuve said that “this is more like a celebration instead of protest”. He also added “They were successfully gathered farmers, lorry drivers, truck drivers, woodsmen, events planners: these men don’t usually work together, but here everyone is doing so with a smile,”

From my point of view, this is a very brilliant idea to gain support from the people by implementing positive demonstration instead of demonstration with violence.

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The mystery of plants

Have you ever think in whether your plants that you have at your house can feel hunger or sad when they are not properly feed or whether you don’t give them enough water? Maybe it sounds a little bit crazy but plants do have emotions, they just express it a different manner as they communicate through chemical signals.

The Polygraph Test

An American scientist Cleve Backster conducted a research in 1966 that lead to the conclusion that plants can communicate with other life forms. The test involved the use of water and a polygraph/lie detector that is usually used for humans. Polygraph can measure electrical resistance and water would alter the resistance of the leaf. After the test, Backster has confirmed that

the tracing began to show a pattern typical of the response you get when you subject a human to emotional stimulation of short duration

Cleve Backster

Moreover, Backster conducted the second “more extreme” test that involved burning the leave of the plant in order to know its reaction to heat. Surprisingly, even before touching the leaves, he discovered that there was a dramatic upward sweep in the tracing pattern as if the plant can feels Backster’ intention to burn the leaf even before he touched it. As a result, the fact had come to a conclusion that plants can’t not only feel things, but can also perceive bad intentions as it relates to the plant itself.

This is sound bizarre right? but it’s true. A homeplant will have a healthy grow by showering them with talk and tender touch, just ask Prince Charles :). They will feel “happier” if we give them more attention and affection. Because at the end of the day, they feel like we feel. They feel love like we feel love, they can feel pain when we hurt them. They are just like us and the animals.

This is what we need to realize, plants are not only a living vegetation that dont feel any physical pain when we hurt them, actually the do. It howl just like animals when you cut or burn its leaves…only we just couldn’t hear it.

Therefore, it’s time for human to think about changing our perspection about plants. We need to treat them with more care and more love. We need to get rid of our animals mind by destroying other living creatures. Try to understand them better, give more attention to them just like you threat your pet. Remember that plants play a big major in our ecosystem, it’s not too late to support green environment.

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Source: http://www.wikipedia.org, http://www.youtube.com

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The importance of plant in our daily lives has taken its critical phase. It seems to me that people ignore or maybe don’t really understand the importance of living vegetations in our planet and how we stupidly destroy them without taking into consideration the aftermath of our actions. We don’t really care about the essential role that these plants play in protecting the planet from climate change that has been such a big issue recently.

Plants play a very big role in taking carbon dioxide out from the atmosphere. By destroying these plants, the level of carbon will be uncontrollable and world’s carbon emissions will reach its peak that provokes an increase in the planet’s climate. This is the main cause to what we call today the “global warming”. On the other hand, as the planet’s temperature increases, the effect on the living plants and other living vegetations will be at risk.

If we don’t act, in couple of years, if the deforestation continues, the carbon emissions will reach its critical stage and the planet will be too hot for its living vegetations to support.

Conserving plant therefore is the only solution to environmental change. In the UK, I just noticed a really positive action has been taken by an organization with a mission to save the plants. The Royal Botanical Garden, Kew who conserves more than seven millions preserved plant specimens in their garden has commenced some legitimate actions to conserve different species of plants from around the world. The idea is to openly share the knowledge about plants and the importance of conserving plants in order to save the planet.

One of Kew’s most significant conservation’s plans is the Millennium Seed Bank partnership. The mission is to travel all around the globe, especially to places where local plants are threatened by the climate change and human activities. These plants will be conserved away from their “not longer suitable” natural habitats to avoid extinction.

The conserved seeds will be safely conserved in the Kew Garden and Wakehurst Place

They have successfully conserved around 10% of wild plant species and they are aiming to double that number in 5 years time. Of course, with the help of people who care about plants and the future of our planet.

The seeds conservation room at Kew’s Millennium Seed Ba

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