Forests are home to 80 per cent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and contain ecosystems of unimaginable complexity.
Since Darwin, we have generally thought of trees as striving, disconnected loners, competing for water, nutrients and sunlight, with the winners shading out the losers and sucking them dry. But how much do we truly know about trees?
There is now a substantial body of scientific evidence that refutes that idea. It shows instead that trees of the same species are communal, and will often form alliances with trees of other species. All the trees in every forest that is not too damaged are connected through underground fungal networks, through which they share water and nutrients and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks and other trees alter their behaviour when they receive these messages.
This is the reality of another Nature nothing on which is lifeless, everything on it is alive just in its unique form.
Despite their pure magnificence and life fullness, our misunderstanding of the true nature of forests led to a frightening rate of deforestation in its many forms, most of which are unsustainable. Just a century ago many factors contributing to the ongoing climate change were raised by our ancestors, who failed to tackle them. One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken!
It is essential to understand that the ways to conserve our forests do not only stop with applying sustainable forest management practices by the producers of wooden goods alone. This is why in the full article about Soul of the Forest I also concentrated on approaches that we as individuals can exercise to make a significant change. Just know that whenever something is seen too big for an individual, for a community of individuals, what seemed to be impossible becomes achievable. http://cherkesovcherkez.com • https://www.instagram.com/solodrivenart/ • https://www.facebook.com/solodrivenart/ • https://twitter.com/solo_driven_art Video Editing is by Ivan Grey - https://www.ivangrey.com