According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is one of the most frequent causes of premature death in the world with seven million annually making it the main environmental risk of our time.
The planting of trees is not always a viable solution, especially now that the space within the cities is increasingly reduced due to the population that exists in the urban agglomerations.
For 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities so achieving a viable form both economically and in practice is vitally important. To meet this challenge, the company Green City Solutions created a project made by German designers who use moss to combat air pollution.
Moss fulfils the function of a natural filter thanks to its ability to capture and store all polluting particles in the air and to use them as nutrients for their growth. This particular moss, is cultivated in a specialized farm in the city of Dresden.
Benefits of installing a City Tree in your city
The City Tree has a square frame of metallic color of about 40 meters of height, inside there is a cultivation of moss leaves without trunk above a movable structure. Each of these synthetic trees is capable of consuming 250 grams of particulates in the air per day and will capture 240 metric tons of CO2 per year, just as 275 trees would.
This project is already being implemented in several metropolises around the globe such as: Modena, Oslo, Hong Kong, Glasgow, Brussels and several German cities, each with specific conditions for the way to combat pollution works.
Hopefully the governments of other countries take the initiative and awareness to implement this kind of projects to clean up the air of cities