I take a breath and remember that the air entering my lungs is created and cleaned by trees. My life depends on trees. What am I giving back? The song “Whispers” by Alya Nereo invites us into a reciprocal relationship with trees – one of both giving and receiving. Intimate and urgent.
We may have already hit the point of no return on climate change, but one key way to prevent further destruction is simple: keep trees in the ground. Old growth forests in particular are the biggest carbon sinks we have, meaning they hold carbon rather than releasing it into the atmosphere. Keeping carbon in the ground prevents further climate destabilization. According to Arbor Day, “During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.” We need trees.
As you listen to this song, I recommend you close your eyes, and imagine any specific trees you have a connection to.