“If someone like you doesn't really care, nothing will improve. No. (The Lorax)
A few weeks ago, our family and I took the time to visit the shores of the Maine Botanical Gardens. It was a great day, marking six miles of trails and parks, weaving and leaving large flower gardens under the arches of trees, and watching the little green amphibians lapping their heads through the watery habitat. My favorite part is, well, all of it! We really got our $22 adventure for four hours which was great and ended the day with a seaside picnic at Fort Edgecomb. Spending time outdoors with nature and my family is a double win!
We went mainly to see the trolls, the keepers of Sami. Trolls were created by Dane Thomas Dumbo, who was created with a five tree. The five trolls are Birk, which has roots; Blooms as wide as the stem; Big as a leaf, breathes life; Painful wind waves; and Lily, like flowers, spring every year, they all have to take care of the seeds and the forest. They noticed that people were coming to chop down, chop down and destroy the forest. So they decided to collect seeds from all the trees in case the trees were lost one day. They hid it where it should be stored.
When I talk about our adventures today, it seems ironic that I live in a country that is characterized by its vast forests, but which does not seem inclined to manage its forests in a purposeful and conscious manner. People come from all over the world to spend peaceful time with our trees and other forest dwellers. It's like knowing somewhere deep down in their heart that their soul needs to connect with nature to heal and share energy.
You see, the trees are connected to each other. They talk to each other and make space. When they breathe, we breathe.
When we destroy trees, we destroy the visible and invisible environment. Tree roots store water. They hold the soil in place and make room for mammals, birds, insects, fungi, and other food and shelter animals. We are also part of this relationship. For the welfare of our planet and the improvement of humanity, we must strive to change habitats with great attention to the consequences.
Maine has lost its fortune in elms and chestnuts. Farmers once planted these and other trees on food and beauty farms. We are now cutting down trees in solar gardens, factories and homes. The destruction of trees is changing the health and well-being of landscapes. Of course, they pose natural threats such as disease and insects, but part of that stems from the fact that the balance of their existence has been disrupted by human actions.
When we take the time to listen and observe, trees teach us perseverance, strength, diversity, purification, and silence.
Change can be both good and necessary. But change without thought is not change.
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