Why Flowers and Plants Should Be on the List of Primary Human Rights

In advocating for flowers and plants as a primary human right, I am not only recognizing their inherent value but also highlighting the significance of nature in our lives.

By: ARNOLD WITTKAMP | 31-05-2023 | 5 min read
Flowers and plants primary human right

In our world today, which for many is filled with stress and challenges, it is clear to me we need something that uplifts our spirits and brings joy into our lives. Also, with the ever-expanding digital space many live in, I think the answer lies in the beauty and wonder of nature. In 'The Magic of Flowers and Plants'.

Why Flowers should be a primary human right:

Flowers and Plants Are the Key to a Better Life

Flowers and plants have the remarkable power to transform our environment and positively impact our well-being. Scientifically proven, but it's also something that most of us feel is a clear truth. From a very young age, I just know that flowers and plants are good for me. And I also know almost everyone feels it. You don't need science to make the statement that the presence of flowers and plants makes you feel better. Flowers and plants are good for you. But still, it's good to talk about all aspects of why it is so. And why I think, as an industry, this should be on top of everyone's agendas.


Walking in nature
Turkish flower designer Yunus Karma often collects flowers from the fields himself to stay 'in touch with nature'.


Flowers and Plants Enhance Your Environment

Flowers and plants not only add aesthetic appeal to our surroundings but also serve a vital purpose. In filtering the air we breathe for example. Plants act as natural air purifiers, absorbing harmful pollutants and releasing fresh oxygen, making the air cleaner and healthier. Plants in bathrooms can help prevent mold and fungi, by absorbing excess water vapor. The presence of greenery in our homes and workplaces can significantly improve air quality and create a more refreshing atmosphere.

Did you know that the air inside our homes and offices can be more polluted than the air outside? Household products, synthetic materials, and even outdoor pollutants find their way indoors, affecting the quality of the air we breathe. 

Flowers and Plants Improve Your Mood and General Happiness

Various studies have demonstrated another positive impact of flowers and plants. On productivity and mood. When surrounded by nature, our cognitive abilities are enhanced, leading to increased focus and efficiency. Moreover, exposure to natural elements has been linked to reduced stress levels and improved mental well-being.

The soothing effect of nature helps reduce mental fatigue and enhances our ability to generate innovative ideas. Incorporating plants into office spaces and work areas can have a profound impact on our overall performance and job satisfaction. Simply put, incorporating flowers and plants into our daily lives can uplift our spirits, improve our productivity, and contribute to our overall happiness.


Flowers and plants are basic human rights
Who doesn't get happy in a surrounding like this?


Flowers and Plants Trigger the Release of Endorphins

Have you ever noticed how your mood lifts when you receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers or spend time in a lush garden? Flowers and plants have the ability to evoke positive emotions and enhance our general happiness. Scientific research supports the idea that nature has a profound impact on our well-being.

Studies have shown that being in the presence of flowers triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural mood enhancers. These feel-good hormones help alleviate stress, anxiety, and even symptoms of depression. Moreover, the vibrant colors and pleasant scents of flowers stimulate our senses and create a sense of joy and contentment.

Here's a video of what flowers can do. From 'That Flower Feeling. The best self-care. 



Primary Human Rights

Primary human rights are the essential rights and freedoms that every individual is inherently entitled to, irrespective of their gender, race, nationality, or socioeconomic status. These rights encompass fundamental aspects of human existence, ensuring dignity, equality, and well-being. Primary human rights include but are not limited to the right to life, liberty, and security of person; the right to freedom of thought, expression, and belief; the right to education, healthcare, and a standard of living adequate for well-being; and the right to participate in the cultural and social life of the community.

Considering the numerous benefits that flowers and plants offer, I believe it is crucial to recognize them as a primary human right. Flowers and plants have the power to positively impact our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, making them an essential aspect of human existence.

Advocating for Change 

In advocating for flowers and plants as a primary human right, I am not only recognizing their inherent value but also highlighting the significance of nature in our lives. It is crucial to raise awareness about the positive impact of flowers and plants and the need for their accessibility to all individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

By integrating flowers and plants into public spaces, schools, workplaces, and even residential areas, we can create environments that promote well-being and happiness. Additionally, initiatives such as community gardens, urban green spaces, and educational programs can further enhance the accessibility of flowers and plants, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience their benefits.

Cultivating a Blooming Future

Flowers and plants have a profound impact on our physical health, mental well-being, and overall happiness. Recognizing them as a primary human right not only acknowledges their inherent value but also emphasizes the importance of nature in our lives.

By embracing flowers and plants as a fundamental need, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to breathe clean air, experience the beauty of nature, and reap the benefits of enhanced productivity and happiness. Let us cultivate a blooming future where the presence of flowers and plants is celebrated and cherished as an essential aspect of our shared human experience.


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Arnold Wittkamp

I enjoy building Thursd and being a servant-leader of the team. 

At Thursd it is our mission to help people connect with the beauty and positive effects of flowers and plants, from grower to end-consumer. 

Our team believes that the right mix of content + transparency is what Thursd's large international audiences like. Every day our team strives to bring great content that is good for you.

If you’re ready for an effective, and innovative approach to your communication needs, our team would love to talk and see if Thursd is a fit for you.

Over the course of my career, I’ve taken chances and made mistakes; all of those decisions have led me here. What makes Thursd successful are the possibilities that lie in the future. By continuing to evolve while holding ourselves to the highest standards, we’ll change the industry in ways that have yet to be imagined.



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