Villiers (dianavilliers) wrote,

Good years, bad years.

And a really bad year for this tree.
It has been felled in the name of park maintenance and safety. I don't know what was wrong with it, but I trust the city arborists had good reason. It will probably be replaced by something indigenous, but seeing it fresh-cut like this gives me a small and not entirely rational sense of dread.

I have been reading Collapse by Jared Diamond. In it he examines cultures ancient and modern in an attempt to determine what factors cause them to survive or fail. Pretty high on the list of factors predicting failure is deforestation. If, for whatever reason, a society loses its trees, it seems to be pretty much screwed, and a society on the verge of collapse is not a pretty thing. Think starvation, cannibalism, genocide. The image of the last few people - the last person - on a depleted rock in the middle of the Pacific will stick with me for a long time. Really scary stuff I don't want to live. So, I care about trees, selfishly.
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