What story are trees telling?

The Treeline by Ben Rawlence is a roving discovery and discussion of the trees that ring the northern hemisphere in the Boreal Forest. The Boreal system contains one third of all the trees on Earth; controlling rain patterns more than the tropical forests, these trees modulate world climate.

This is a very detailed and fascinating travel and scientific discussion of the trees that are our last hope for sustaining the world weather and climate and modulating the concentration of carbon dioxide.

Rawlence considers the ethical issues. What do we regard as sacred? What does it mean to be human are questions at the basis of the ecological crises that his travel journal and book are illuminating

Ben Rawlence has founded the Black Mountains College which is focused on education about the ecological crises and to adapt and find new ways of working and living. The courses are free. A Bachelor’s degree is offered, Arts, Ecology and Systems Change.

Rawlence interviews the peoples, scientists, and activists who are witnessing the changing forests and the bell ringers (birch and larch) of massive change. His travel journal, meeting people who live in and around the Boreal zone, and their lives demonstrate how people live in concert with the natural cycles of this biological zone. Varying world views depend on the country where they live, an insight into the immensity of our world and the massive changes we are seeing among these forests. For example, in some taiga areas of the Boreal in Russia, people doubt there is climate change because they do not see the same changes that other peoples are seeing in their geographic area. However, due to temperature and geographic variations, changes in the Russian taiga are less visible, happening in underlying ice.

I am listening on Audible which I suggest because the information is dense. Also, as I have done, you can do concurrent research online into areas that are explored while listening to Rawlence’s discussion and insights.

This is a great interview with Rawlence about the book and his experiences.

Author: Susan Feathers

Family, friends, nature, books, writing, a good pen and journal, freedom of thought, culture, and peaceful co-relations - these are the things that occupy my mind, my heart, my time...

3 thoughts on “What story are trees telling?”

  1. Susan, so glad you have gotten to this book.  Fabulous!  Right up there with “Braiding” and Diana B-K etc.  Excellent review.  I like “the information is dense”!  You too have a way with words. 🙂  Carry on friend!


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  2. Thank you for sharing this critical information! Your perspective is always valuable! Thank you for your ongoing dedication to Planet Earth.
    You’re a treasure…🌲


    1. Thank you, Betty. Its is so critical we awaken to the moment. We are witness to the unraveling of our natural systems that have kept life as we know it safe and thriving. We must awaken to this fact and understand the moment. Probably the most important moment in human history. What we do together now is of of incalculable weight.


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