Saturday, December 22, 2007

Green Grow The Rushes O!

I am writing today to inform you (and perhaps share in the inspiration) of this intention. I have been watching some David Jubb videos recently and he was saying that we have harvested 90% of the shade of the planet -- in that it is no longer there.

I found that this went very much in kind with Derrick Jensen talking about the vast Cedar forests that used to shade the Middle East, and even our Old Growth and Redwoods in the Pacific Northwest. We have deforested most of the planet to support our civilization and global expansion. What are the consequences of this, you may ask?

Besides fewer trees to balance the amount of CO2 in the air, it causes our water levels to drop. It causes Iraq and Iranian and Palestinian water shortages and high salt soil. How can you solve the problem? Plant more trees, it will raise the water table again, making viable thousands of acres for growth and sustainability. If you do not think this is possible, check the blog entry on Composting, specifically the last video Greening the Desert for the evidence of this.

There is so much abundance on this planet, but distribution is so faulty and corrupted, it causes so much fear. There is enough of everything for everybody, but we must change our mindsets about our home and our relationships with each other.

This is why I was so happy to find out about The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which is a nonprofit charity that describes their mission as one "dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and all its inhabitants. {Their} primary intention is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion fruit trees across the world (approximately 3 for every person alive) and encourage their growth under organic standards. "

This is just so wonderful. I am so inspired by this and am glad David Wolfe is getting involved; I think we all should. He's the reason I even know about this foundation and you all should definitely check it out. Watch the video on the website, for sure.

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