Exercise 2.1: Why We Need Plants

A neighbourhood committee is improving the area around your home. Most people want to add more plants, but some committee members think it would be easier just to pave the area with concrete.

 You’ve been asked to help convince everyone on the committee that plants are essential to the environment. You need to find examples of plants around your home that are used for food by other living things, create oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the air, provide shelter for living things, and make or protect the soil. You will prepare a written report or visual presentation to share your ideas with the committee.

 

Your Task

 1. Find an example of one plant from your local area that does each of the following things. Choose a different plant for each of the different categories.

  • Plants are used for food by other living things
  • Plants create oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the air
  • Plants provide shelter for living things
  • Plants make or protect the soil

2. Explain how each plant does this.

3. Explain why this is important to your local ecosystem.

 Share your information with the committee as a written report, a poster, a video presentation, or a PowerPoint presentation.