In each ecosystem, living organisms fall into one of three roles: producers, which make food for themselves; consumers, which eat producers; and decomposers, which reduce matter into soil. As producers, plants play a part in the way the ecosystem functions, creating a world that supports life.
Plants provide food for the masses. From elephants to mice, animals eat grass, nuts, berries and twigs to fuel the body and activities. Meat eaters dine on grazers.
Tall, towering trees provide shade from hot summer sun. Shrubs house smaller animals, protecting and camouflaging them from predators. Groves of trees and bunches of brush provide a measure of warmth and protection from wind.
Through photosynthesis, plants produce oxygen. Animal life, including humans, breathes oxygen. A single resting human breathes 6 lb. of oxygen a day.
Filter and Stabilizer
Plants filter water, removing toxins and impurities, making safe drinking water and helping to reduce the effect of man on the natural world. Plants also stabilize soil.
Plants consume carbon dioxide as part of photosynthesis. Humans not only exhale carbon dioxide, many machines also emit the gas. The more plants in existence, the less effect the gas has on global warming.