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Nicholas P Money: The Fungal Mind

By responding to the need to create the shortest connections between its food stations, the slime mould achieved the same economies as human architects.

September 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

Isabella Kaminski: Combating Climate Change through Re-forestation

Reforestation must be done in collaboration with those directly affected; after all, there was usually a human reason why the forest was cut down or degraded in the first place.

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Far Away in Time, the Senses Return to Me as I Identify with That Tree

The way the lightning-split
willow was tugged,
wandy and half still alive,
It refused to uncork.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra Lubarsky: Speak the Name of Beauty

So beneficial is exposure to the natural world that a new global movement has arisen to declare access to nature a human right.

August 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Travel Deep Inside a Leaf

To really get to know the tallest trees in the world, start with their leaves.

July 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Robert Frost: The Sound of the Trees

Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

The war against the Earth began with this idea of separateness. Its contemporary seeds were sown when the living Earth was transformed into dead matter to facilitate the industrial revolution. Monocultures replaced diversity. “Raw materials” and “dead matter” replaced a vibrant Earth.

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bertha Rogers: Copper Beech Trees in Winter

Leaves arc, like paintings of blown leaves; like cut paper, like sunset strewn across red-gold sky, like smoldering fires; serrate-edged, notched, like some knives. But they cut only the hard … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Cedar Forest

There’s a cedar forest near where I live in the south of France, which sprawls across the slopes of a mountain otherwise covered in what the French call the garrigue. … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · 7 Comments

Deborah DeNicola: What Words?

What Words could fold this paper into a tree? How can I coax its ridges back into bark, rub its creases into nodules, flatten its already concave belly for someone … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Suzanne Simard — How trees talk to each other

. “A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

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