Love those trees!

If anyone has any doubt about the restorative qualities of trees, and their role as allies in an overheating world, this provides several convincing arguments. Reblogged from The Creative Flux.

The Creative Flux

November 2, 2010

As most people hopefully know – other than the obvious need to curb our own greed and short term gains-philosophy,  the plant world is our greatest ally in combating our rapidly progressing climate change. Our planet’s forested areas act as giant sponges, absorbing pollution and carbon dioxide and, in return, supply us living creatures with oxygen. In addition, they support countless ecosystems, including a seemingly endless variety of species. In urban settings, parkland and green areas act as temperature regulators of a phenomenon commonly referred to as “the heat island effect”. (Which is the reason cities are always hotter than rural areas, as asphalt and concrete reflects the solar heat, as opposed to absorbs it.) In addition, medical research is highly dependent on an unbroken continuity of botanical diversity. I read somewhere that over 98% of new medicines stem from new discoveries in the plant world, which…

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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