The Importance of Living Walls in Climate Change Mitigation

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Climate change is not just on the world stage political agenda; it is on everyone’s agenda.

Matched with the unpredictable weather we’re currently facing, individuals and businesses are now coming together to find alternative and innovative ways we can support our environment better.

We all know the benefits of more green space. However, we’re also realists in that, with a growing population, keeping and maintaining what we see as “traditional” greenspace is becoming increasingly difficult.

This is where living walls to support climate change come in.

Allowing us to add more greenery in an innovative way, we can become more sustainable, introducing a variety of plants for all seasons to buildings in urban areas.

This post looks at living walls in mitigating climate change and why we need more greenery in our lives.

Living walls for climate change solution

Living walls, also known as green walls, are a great solution to climate change. Offering a sustainable solution using natural products, living walls can be installed in homes, businesses, and commercial projects. 

But why opt for a living wall? 

Not only great at reducing stress levels, making areas more aesthetically pleasing, and meeting the green agenda initiative, living walls also help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. 

But how?  

How can a green wall filled with extraordinary plants and greenery help combat a major problem like climate change? 

Living walls and their fight against climate change

Great for urban landscapes 

With more and more areas building up and overrun with grey, dark, large, and looming buildings, the reduction in greenspaces is noticeable.  

Installing vertical living walls on the sides and even fronts of buildings helps to combat this and improve the look and appeal of local areas. Boosting the popularity of an area and helping to bring it to life again with a vibrancy shown through good plant selection. 

Supporting communities, making them feel happier, and supporting local wildlife leading to more well-balanced ecosystems, living walls can be a lifeline in a concrete jungle. 

Reduces pollutants 

A living plant wall helps to reduce the pollutants in the air, as the plants absorb carbon dioxide (bad air) and release oxygen (good air) back into the environment. 

This process of photosynthesis helps to mitigate the greenhouse effect on a larger scale. Acting like natural air filters, a living wall filters pollutants, making the air you inhale much cleaner and purer, improving our health and overall wellbeing. 

Reduces heat 

Living wall plant systems work by releasing moisture into the air, which then evaporates, cooling the surrounding area. This means living walls can create a cooling effect in urban areas, supporting the negative effects of climate change. 

This process of heating and cooling reduces the urban heat island effect and helps with energy conservation, which in turn helps reduce our carbon footprint. 

Improves biodiversity 

Campaigners throughout the UK are looking for innovative solutions to create a more balanced ecosystem, as we see many species of bees and insects in danger, threatening current ecosystems and food chains. 

With living walls garden spaces, we can create more biodiversity as we see more bees, bug life, butterflies, etc., finding these living walls and making them their new habitats. Feeding and growing from them safely and supporting urban wildlife in this way helps to support a more intuitive way to balance the ecosystem. 

Building insulation 

A living wall plant system acts as a natural insulator for buildings, helping to reduce the need and reliance on mechanical heating and cooling systems, as the plants do the work for you. 

Due to these natural benefits, you can see considerable building energy savings, which is music to any building manager’s ears! 

Reduces noise pollution 

We love that living walls, when constructed correctly with the right plant selection and the right design architecture, can help to support a reduction in noise pollution by 41%. 

This is an incredible reduction and a significant benefit to communities, local businesses, and homeowners who are looking for a little more peace through more natural means. 

Living walls in mitigating climate change 

Living walls are proven to help mitigate climate change and reduce our carbon footprint. However, you must ensure that you create a living wall that meets your requirements. 

Various types of living walls are available, and plant selection, structural integrity, and architectural design must all be considered before you proceed. 

Think about what you want to achieve, what you want the area to look like, who you want to appeal to, etc. 

Living walls can and do bring genuine benefits to their surrounding areas, and the correct plants and volume of greenery all do have a positive impact. 

Not sure where to start? 

Get in touch with a member of our team today; we’d be happy to help. 

We install both internal and external living walls, as we support you with your investment into combating climate change with green living walls. 

Call 07756 430474 or email lee@calathology.co.uk