The Giants That Can Help Save the World

Posted on October 8, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The planet is full of breathtaking places. Places that sometimes seem magical in their magnificence. Each of us can probably remember a time when nature has left us in awe of its presence.

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we take you to one of these otherworldly places. This Saturday, we take you to the Redwood Forests of the Northwestern United States.

Image: Looking up at the Redwood forest, a mission to conserve the redwoods
Source: Scrubhiker (USCdyer) // Flickr

Like many of Earth’s most incredible places, the Redwood Forests have felt the impact of humanity on the environment. Now, less than 10% of the Redwoods that once stood are still standing today. These trees, some of them millennia old, are a testament to the resilience of our planet and it’s remarkable species.

The future isn’t totally bleak for these marvelous giants, conservation efforts, like the one we are introducing you to today, are helping to ensure that they will stand for generations to come.

After a near-death experience, arborist David Milarch embarked on a mission not only conserve the Redwoods, but to use some of the planet’s oldest and most resilient trees to solve one of our future’s greatest problems.

The short film Moving the Giants captures Milarch’s remarkable mission in one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever watched. This is truly a magical story…

 

Beyond the trees…

If you want to get involved or learn more about Moving the Giants or it’s parent project, the Ancient Tree Archive, head over to their websites where you can find a wealth of information.

Now, normally, I don’t look at the comments section on Youtube, it tends to be an unkind and generally negative place, but, for some reason, I did look at the comments under this video. I was so surprised by the number of people with whom this film seemed to resonate.

Nature is a constant wonder. Whether we are standing in the midst of the Redwoods or simply enjoying life under a tree in our nearest park, nature constantly has the power to move us and inspire us.

One of the wisest things we can do is care about how the next generation will be awed by the planet we leave behind. Planting seeds that will only bear fruit for out ancestors is, perhaps, one of our most selfless acts.

So, go, enjoy the natural world around you, and most importantly, do all that you can to ensure it stays there for those to come.

If you want to check out another incredible conservation effort aiming to maintain the Earth’s precious natural wonders, check out our piece on Coral Morphologic. This duo combines art and science to tell the story of the planet’s endangered reefs.

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Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge