You always knew it, but now science is providing evidence to prove it: going for a walk in the woods is good for your health. The essential oil, "phytoncide," not only helps the tree protect itself, it helps humans who stroll nearby strengthen their immune systems. Even going for a walk in a city park in the vicinity of trees will help you. Hugging a tree doesn't sound so weird now, does it?
Treehugger, "Trees can form bonds like an old couple"
A new documentary, "Intelligent Trees," reveals how trees care for each other. As if you needed another reason to love trees, right? Read the article linked above to find out more or go directly to the film's web site: www.intelligent-trees.com.
The mighty plantain is a leafy champion that doesn't deserve its reputation as a weed in your yard. Crushed, chewed, or made into a poultice or tea, it can help you with bug bites and stings, digestive distress, arthritis pains, and more. You can learn more in the article above.
Sometimes all nature needs is a chance to recoup. Anil and Pamela Malhotra purchased infertile farm land in Anil's home country in India in 1991 and their lives changed from that moment on. As the husband reminisces, "Once we bought the land, we allowed the forest to regenerate. We planted native species where necessary and allowed nature to take care of the rest." They continued to buy land in the ensuing 25 years and have created a private sanctuary of over 300 acres where tigers, leopards, snakes, birds, and many other creatures, as well as a bio-diverse forest, are protected.
Solar panels generated more electricity than coal between April and September 2016 in the United Kingdom. This is great news for the growing solar power movement. According to James Court, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association, “Solar overtaking coal this summer would have been largely unthinkable five years ago...Now that we have a significant global and domestic industry, solar is one of the cheapest forms of power." Imagine what could happen if government policies and incentives supported renewable energy as the premiere source of energy.
Sacred Stone Camp
The Dakota Access Pipeline is part of a proposed pipeline to transport 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline would not only cross sacred Lakota Sioux lands, but would endanger the water sources all along the pipeline. Native Americans and supporters from all over the country are gathering in Cannon Ball, ND to do everything they can to halt construction of the pipeline.
In an interview on September 30, 2016, Bill McKibben of 350.org says that the No Dakota Access Pipeline Movement may be powerful enough to overwhelm the fossil fuel industry. See the complete story on democracynow.org here:
A couple in Sweden has built an environmentally-friendly house inside of a greenhouse. The functioning greenhouse not only provides food during the long, cold Swedish winters, but warms the whole house.