Why ‘Plant Blindness’ Matters

“Plant blindness” is a tendency not to notice plants. People are generally much better at noticing animals. With increased urbanization, and more time spent looking at screens, the problem has worsened. Most don’t appreciate how important plants are, and that weakens support for plant conservation. As orchids and other plants face extinction, protecting them is often an afterthought. “Plant conservation matters for environmental health. But it also matters, ultimately, for human health.” Fortunately, there are solutions. “Although our human brains may be wired for plant blindness, we can overcome it with greater awareness,” says botanist Elisabeth Schussler. It’s helpful to interact with plants every day. That includes noticing plants, and also talking about them. It benefits all of us, and the planet, too.

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