We need to capture more CO2 fast. There are many fast growing plants, one of them is the Ivey plant (or Hedera helix). It sprouts new fingers each year and tries to get into every crack it can find. It is low maintenance, you plant it, it starts to grow. A lot like the vines of wine actually, which is also a great plant. Where to put it? Against the walls or your home.
We propose that as a clear attempt to create negative emissions, we all plant Ivy plants against our homes. As a child we studied the tiny feet they make against the briks of a wall, and they are glued to it quite strongly, but they don’t break down your home, and can be cleaned off without a problem. You will have to trim them as they try to crawl through your windows in spring.
In most cities you own at least 50 cm of pavement from the front of your house. You can remove tiles and plant your Ivy. It is easier than other plants because they are more sturdy, so you won’t have to worry about people stepping on it, yet you will be contributing to capturing CO2 in a real visible way.
Plants cause evaporative cooling, they breath the air and as a result clean it as well of NOx. The biomass they create as they grow up buildings can be considerable, Ot could be a way to collect and dispose of biomass from inner cities to capture the leaves in fall (if fall is still a thing). Join the Ivy League, we set up a facebook page and invite you to post pictures of your Ivy plant. Go Ivy with your street.
You can join the Ivy League facebook group here