Response is none. I am no tree hugger nor the opposite, but plants are plants to me. Until actual significant evidence is brought in to change my mind, it'll be the same response everytime.
I am not one that needs to see it to believe it, but I neither so naive that I can believe just anything. Eh, if a blade of grass cries loud enough so that I coudl hear them, I will only walk on pavement.
Or...I will just not give a crap and use them as I please like humans have done for thousands of years.
Oh yeah you kind of have two questions there..yeah they are alive. ?Any elementary science class can tell us that.