Imagine a technology that could do all these amazing things for free:
- Produce a wide assortment of products
- Filter the air to remove impurities
- Moderate the air temperature to an ambient level
- Create microclimates and produce clouds and rain
- Reduce energy use and act as an energy source
- Provide health and therapeutic benefits
- Provide an energy efficient source of building materials
- Provide diversity and habitat for wildlife
- Provide abundant amounts of fresh food
- Help prevent run off and soil erosion
- Help build soils
- Act as a natural fertilizer while promoting microorganisms
- House a multitude of insects, wildlife, and bacteria
- Absorb potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide
- Provide beauty and colour
- Sustain life on earth by creating oxygen
You might have guessed by now I am talking about Trees. It seems humanity is obsessed with developing sophisticated technologies to solve many of our problems, yet we already have some of the most highly advanced, practical and useful technologies available to us, provided by nature for FREE. One wouldn’t think so, however, as the latest report by ‘Nature’ shows humanity is depleting the world’s forests by around 10 billion trees each and every year. Almost half of the world’s trees and forests (46%) have been exploited and depleted since the start of human civilisation, most of which has occurred over the last fifty years. (1)
“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.” John Muir
The Easter Islanders discovered that forests are of great value as a renewable resource only after it was too late. Not only do forests influence precipitation, cleanse the air, determine wind flows, protect the land, and sustain the essential water cycle, they also contribute to the social wellbeing of communities. Trees and forests have a positive overall influence on everything within the environment which cannot be quantified. Deforestation is also responsible for species extinction.
Peter Kanowski, a forestry professor at Australian National University, said:
“all sorts of forests are valuable for all sorts of reasons, and we’re losing too much of them.”
“The scale and rate of loss of biodiversity, carbon stock and other forest values, that has been at unprecedented rates for much of the past 50 years, is impacting profoundly and perhaps irreversibly on ecosystems, livelihoods, forest values and climate at scales from global to local.” (2)
Yale University ecologist Thomas Crowther, who led the study published in the journal Nature:
“There are currently fewer trees than at any point since the start of human civilization and this number is still falling at an alarming rate,” he said. “If anything, the scale of these numbers just highlights the need to step up our efforts if we are going to begin to repair some of these effects on a global scale.”
Every opportunity to revitalise and enhance the plant community must be taken, whether we engage in planting trees around our home or get involved in a complete reforestation project. It is imperative we rectify the damage we have already done sooner rather than later. Almost every civilisation that let its forest systems dwindle and decline eventually perished or collapsed. Below is a great little video of how to propagate plants and trees from cuttings.
excerpts from One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future…
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