Diana Beresford-Kroeger has a simple plan to help begin forest restoration and repair forest connectivity: each of us can commit to planting one native tree a year for six years, while encouraging others to do the same, and protecting the existing trees in our neighbourhoods.
Last Wednesday, we hosted a screening of the film “The Call of the Forest” at the Evergreen Community Storefront on James Street. Armed with popcorn and tea, we sat down to the nature documentary that invited us to remember “our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet“.
Diana takes us around the world to remaining northern native forests and they amazing benefits they provide. From forest bathing and tiny forests in Japan to a unique tree-based druid alphabet in Ireland, we learn that our connections run deeper than we realize.
One segment I found particularly interested was the crucial connection between the forest and the ocean. In the early 20th century, a coastal forest in northern Japan was completely cut down to make room for agriculture. The wind soon swept away the valuable top soil layer, creating a barren desert. It wasn’t long before the nearby coral reef died and an underwater desert also formed. Scientists discovered that this happened because the ocean ecosystem was depending on nutrients leaching from the forest, and could not survive without it. The film notes a now common phrase in Japan: if you want to catch a fish, plant a tree.
Thanks to Evergreen for generously letting us use their space for this event! If you missed the film the Call of the Forest is available on DVD here, or keep an eye out for other community screening events posted on their website.
Our workshop series continues this spring with more free events! Come out and learn about rain gardens, green infrastructure, native plants, and invasive plants. Be sure to register with us at firstname.lastname@example.org before spots fill up!