1. GREEN WALL: AN IMMEDIATE CALL by Aahwahan Foundation Nov 04, 2019

     

    EAST OR WEST GOING GREEN IS THE BEST, BECAUSE REMEMBER THERE IS NO PLANET B

    WHAT ARE VERTICAL GARDENS?

    A vertical garden is a garden that grows upward using a trellis or other supportsystem rather than on the ground horizontally. It is an indoor/outdoor modular planter with multiple levels of vertically spaced pots or planters. In vertical gardens, a method called HYDROPONICS is used to grow plants on vertically suspended panels. Vertical gardens have many different names like green walls, live walls, moss walls and so on. Vertical gardens are a wonderful alternative to potted plants. There are different types of vertical gardens like fence planters, self-watering bloom walls, stand-alone planters and so on. More recently, vertical gardens are used to grow flowers and vegetables. Vertical gardens are mostly preferred inside corporate offices, in hotel lobbies or even a small residential backyard.

    VERTICAL GARDENS: A NECESSITY IN INDIA

    With the world becoming a steam engine every passing day, the need for fresh air has become a necessity. Surrounded by industries, vehicles and the pollution they leave behind, urban population hardly gets fresh air.  A recent report by the World Health Organization listed 12 out of the 20 most polluted countries in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels from India.As per CarbonBrief, India is the fourth largest emitter of carbon dioxide and the rate is going up with every passing day. Even in 2017, the CO2 emissions have grown by an estimated 4.6 per cent. Therefore, India needs to address this issue immediately. While gardening has been termed as the most efficientsolution, the shrinking households don’t allow the citizens that leverage. As a solution, the concept of green walls or vertical gardens has been introduced.

    WHY VERTICAL GARDENS?

    Living green walls are a way to enhance a building’s visuals, improve air quality as well as employee alertness and energy levels.They offer an inspirational and aesthetically intriguing natural boost to employee morale.An emerging trend in green design, these vertically sprawling gardens of green are springing to life across the world on the exteriors of skyscrapers, in hotel lobbies, office reception areas and more.

    • VISUAL BENEFITS: green walls are impressive in appearance as they are purveyors of good health. They create an alluring and inviting environment.

    Employees and clients of the company are greeted by a green lush environment which motivates them and keeps them fresh all the time.

     

    • ENERGY COST REDUCTION: the interior and exterior green walls of the office building help in cooling the air inside the office in the warmer summer months. The winter months see the added advantage of building insulation thus reducing energy costs for heating the building.Exterior living green walls can reduce wall surface temperatures by as much as 50 degrees °F, resulting in significant energy savings and air conditioning costs.

     

    • REDUCE NOISE POLLUTION: one of the lesser known advantage of vertical gardens is its help in reducing noise pollution. The structures of green walls can reduce noise pollution. They act as an extra layer of insulation between the plants and the wall thereby reducing noise levels. They reflect, refract as well as absorb acoustic energy. The green blocks inside the offices naturally block high frequency sounds.

     

    • IMPROVES AIR QUALITY: Living green walls are natural air-filters, creating a cleaner, more invigorating work environment that will lead to better overall employee health and production. Living green walls metabolize harmful toxins while releasing oxygen into the workplace air, much like office plants but on a much larger scale.

     

    • EASY MAINTENANCE: vertical gardens are easy to reach. They make watering, harvesting, pruning and fertilizing also convenient. They also require very less space.

     

    • PLANTS REDCUES STRESS: Many studies have found the Physiological effect of Plants in reducing the physical signs of stress and promote access to vegetation for having a greater positive human health impact.

     

    AT AAHWAHAN FOUNDATION

    According to WHO, 13 out of the world’s 20 cities with the highest annual levels of air pollution are in India. Air pollution contributed to the premature deaths of 2 million people in India every year. Going by an abstract prepared by the BBMP forest department, 15,124 trees have been felled for development projects and 2,840 for Namma Metro in this time. In all, as many as 17,964 trees have been cut between 2008-09 and 2016-17 to make way for flyovers, road widening and other projects.

    VANISHING GREEN COVER

    According to the BBMP reports-

    17,964 - Total number of tree cut for development projects  
    35,220 - Total number of branches chopped
    15,124 - Total number of trees cut for development projects
    2,840 - Total number of trees cut for Namma Metro project
    11,731 - Total number of trees cut following public/public representatives request

    BBMP claims to have planted seven lakh trees from 2010-11 to 2015-16 in all eight zones of the city at a cost of Rs 18.79 crore. Although, the BBMP claims that it is planting trees on a large scale to compensate for the loss, it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference according to the survey by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).

    A recent study reveals that 50% population living in 45% districts of India is exposed at PM2.5 concentration beyond 40 μg/m3.The World Health Organization considers air unsafe when average exposure exceeds the limit of 40 μg/m3. India is the third largest in the emission of greenhouse gases after China and the United States. The severity of air pollution is so much that life expectancy among Indians on an average reduces by 3.4 years.

    To tackle the above problems, we, at aahwahan foundation are working towards the research on green wall and its use in India. We are working endlessly for creating awareness about the requirement and immediate need of vertical gardens in India. We approach to every possible corporate office, hotels and so on and explain to them the benefits of including a vertical garden and also help them in planning and structuring the garden.

    “Go Green Revolution” is our approach for working towards the environmental issues. We conduct plantation drives, work for lake restorations, conduct beach cleaning activities and so on

    It is essential for all of us to awaken ourselves and start working for the betterment of our mother earth. Because, if we don’t take care of her now, she will not take care of us in future!

     

     

    • Aanchal Golecha

     


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