On Saturday, July 22, during the height of Ozone Season, we launched our very first membership meeting and a public workshop on how to create an Ozone Bio-monitoring Garden.
Did you know ground-level ozone pollution not only impacts human health, but plant life too?
Clean Air Carolina (CAC) is planting gardens in Charlotte communities and schools to raise awareness about air pollution and demonstrate its effect on delicate plants and human health. North Carolina native plants such as cut-leaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), yellow crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) demonstrate this impact by exhibiting signs of leaf injury when the plants are exposed to high levels of ozone pollution. If dirty air can damage a plant, imagine what it can do to our lungs.
At the workshop, Master Gardener and CAC’s Clear the Air for Kids Program Manager, Mary Stauble, gave an informative presentation on ozone pollution, how it impacts health, and tips on creating a small ozone garden at home. Following a Q&A discussion, participants took a short walk to CAC’s large Ozone Garden on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway along Westfield Road, and everyone went home with a free sensitive plant to help them get started.
Special thanks to Wing Haven for allowing us to use their beautiful facility, and to all who joined us for our first membership meeting! Future membership meetings will be scheduled bi-monthly with various topics related to air quality, climate change, and actions we can take to help build healthier communities. Please be sure to sign-up for our monthly eNewsletter for information on our next meeting coming up in September.