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A poem as lovely as a tree ...
Leunig ... used with permission ... http://www.leunig.com.au/ First published April 2426.04.16 3:45 am6 comments
We now just need to set these words to music and this can become Tasmania’s State anthem, sung by every child at Monday morning school assembly. [Do they still have Monday morning school assembly??]
Thank you for your work; it is grand.
Hmm, and then there is the other example of the Urban Trees of Stockholm in Sweden where every tree along the streets matters:
It is most likely the culture, the community attitude, the thought for generations ahead - the fact is that trees matter.
the ginko biloba are in autumnal leaf in south hobart and there are no trees as beautiful, and ancient, as these.
An interesting comparison Joyce Kilmer made and Leunig repeated. Both trees and poems have been significant in my life, but trees have much more market value. You can’t sell poemchips to pulp mills.
On the other hand, trees are nowhere near as lovely as forests. Poems can be as complex, as intriguing and as useful as forests. Loveliness seems to me to be a facile and relatively irrelevant criterion anyway.
Tree fans will enjoy David Ferguson’s article in The Guardian,‘Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways’.
‘Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress. One Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers.
“Lower cortisol is given off when you see green,” said i-Tree founder David Nowak. “We want to develop an index of how much green you can see from any given point in a city, how your body reacts to it, and what the economic value is.”
Satellite imaging shows that cities with more trees are cooler on average, have less air pollution and – as a result – fewer instances of respiratory-related illnesses. Cooler temperatures mean less energy used in the summer and more trees means higher property values.
All of that aside, and as well-intentioned as Nowak may be, there is something absolutely unquantifiable about the benefits of living near trees.’
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