The Power of Trees

Peter Wohlleben reads from The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us if We Let Them at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Bellingham High School, $32 (includes copy of the book) as part of the Nature of Writing Speaker Series. More info here.

The future of forests and the future of humanity are inextricably entwined. I’m not saying this for dramatic effect; it is simply a fact. As bleak and frightening as these words sound, they actually offer a great deal of hope. Trees are so adept at creating communities that many of them can cope with the current level of climate change. They are also our best option for removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, doing so much more efficiently than any technological fix we could ever come up with. They also markedly cool climates locally and significantly increase rainfall.

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