New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers

What do you think and feel when you see beautiful tall trees dripping with lush green loveliness? When surrounded by all those earthly giants whispering, do you stop to listen? What about a big old tree hug – have you tried that lately? If you’re reading this, you probably wish for more tree hugging and listening.

Many trees have been around longer than most humans alive today. Do you ever wonder how they communicate and what they have to say? I believe we can learn a few secrets if we turn off the mind and tune into the heart.  If we listen carefully, we may learn some new ways to speak with trees.

Trees Talk to Each Other

In her YouTube video, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard explained that trees talk to each other and communicate messages. Shuffling carbon and nitrogen back and forth through an underground system of roots and fungi they collaborate to help each other thrive.

A recent Treehugger story highlighted Simard’s lifelong research dedicated to learning how trees communicate. At the TEDSummit 2016, she asserted that trees talk with their kin, support offspring in times of need, and transport messages of wisdom to the next generation of seedlings when injured or dying.

As the Lorax once said: “Let them grow, let them grow. But nobody listens too much, don’t you know? I speak for the trees and I’ll yell and I’ll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out!”

It’s too easy to take these silent and stationary beings for granted. The Tree People lists 22 benefits such as clean air, oxygen, prevention of soil erosion and water pollution, shade from the heat, and food supply. It’s important also to keep in mind that trees absorb and store carbon dioxide to protect us from climate change. They definitely deserve a few more hugs.

New Ways to Speak with Trees

In honor of all the work they do to keep us green and alive on earth, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tree photos captured during travels. We had a few quiet conversations – these trees and I. Please scroll down slowly to hear a few things they may be saying.

Stay rooted to the ground

new ways to speak with trees - stay rooted to the ground

Forget about time, walk with us

new ways to speak with trees - forget about time, walk with us

Reach for the sky 

new ways to speak with trees - reach for the sky

Life is about greening and giving 

new ways to speak with trees - life is about greening and giving

Never tire of the blue sky and salty sea 

this tree tells us - never tire of the blue sky and salty sea

It doesn’t take color to see that life is majestic

this tree tells us - it doesn't take color to see that life is majestic

Appreciate every moment from dawn until dusk

appreciate every moment from dawn until dusk

Green is the new gold

this tree tells us that green is the new gold


Do these messages and images resonate with you? Have you had any memorable conversations with trees lately? Do you have any advice for your fellow earth lovers and tree huggers about new ways to speak with trees? Please leave a comment and let us know!




Author: Kathryn Thomsen

Founder of Hundredgivers, a nonprofit supporting and accelerating sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. Kathryn is a social entrepreneur, consultant, researcher, writer and urban farmer. She collaborates with individuals, organizations, and businesses to develop climate change solutions, clean energy, and sustainability strategies and programs.

2 Replies to "New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers"

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    January 2, 2017 (12:25 pm)

    Kathryn, I love trees <3 They have so much to teach us if we only take the time to linger and listen.

    On my recent and first visit to the Grand Canyon, I met and fell in love with the resilient juniper tree. During my years of overcoming adversity in Brazil, a cashew tree, about twenty feet away from our third floor apartment, grew right up to my bedroom window where I had spent many a sleepless night.

    I wish you success in the work you do in the New Year <3

    • Kathryn Thomsen
      January 2, 2017 (12:57 pm)

      Thank you Rosaliene for your comment – Spoken like a true earth lover and tree hugger! You reminded me of a movie I watched recently called The Tree – it also grew into the window(s) of a home it tried to hug back – here’s a link to the movie if you’re interested: Wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year! ~ Kathryn

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