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What do you think about when you see beautiful trees dripping with lush green loveliness? On your walks in the park or forest do you feel like running up to that big old tree and wrapping your arms around it? Have you tried? Did you look around to make sure nobody was watching? I’m willing to bet there’s plenty others that wish they could break free and do the same.

When surrounded by all those earthy giants whispering, my breathing slows and I start 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, tune in the heart and listen carefully.

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. Most importantly trees absorb and store carbon dioxide to protect us from climate change. Needless to say, we need to keep them alive and well.

A Little Wisdom From the Trees

In honor of all the work they do to keep us green and alive on this planet, I’ve compiled a few favorite tree photos captured during my travels. I learned a few things in quiet conversations with the trees to pass along. Please scroll down slowly for a little bit of tree wisdom.

Stay rooted to the ground


Forget about time, walk with us


Reach for the sky 

Trees


Life is about greening and giving 


Never tire of the blue sky and salty sea 


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


Appreciate every moment from dawn until dusk


Green is the new gold

 

Do these messages and images resonate with you? Have you had any memorable conversations with trees that you’d like to share? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

Author: Kathryn Thomsen

Founder of Hundredgivers, a social enterprise supporting sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. When not dreaming of urban farming, Kathryn wears multiple hats: entrepreneur, consultant, project manager, researcher, analyst and writer. She has collaborated with individuals and organizations to evaluate, develop and improve energy conservation and behavior change programs, sustainability initiatives, carbon mitigation and climate change risk strategies.

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