I can think of at least 3 or 4 guys who will stop reading now - hehehehe
I took this photo simply because I liked the lines and the weathered wood. Wasn’t sure if I’d ever use it.
Then I started researching ‘green wood’ and I discovered some interesting stuff.
I found THIS MAN who made me realize I could ask the service that trims our trees what they do with their loads. If they don’t donate it to people like him and if they don’t grind down for mulch then I am not using them anymore.
His article and the photos of the bowls he creates are copyrighted so I didn’t include them here – please visit him, the bowls are beautiful.
So this got me to searching ‘recycling trees’ and I found a very recent article about how trees killed by beetle infestation were being used to create fuel. A company in Florida has introduced an ‘air burner’ that can convert downed trees into electricity.
You can read the details HERE.
My last stop on this particular green tour was at motherearthnews.com – if you go to their home page and sign up you can get a free guide to plans for combating global warming. The ARTICLE I found relevant to this post was a story about how the small city of Hammond, Indiana – near Chicago – put into action a system that turns downed trees into profit for small lumber and furniture businesses. The city is saving money on dumping fees and, more important, they are not taking up land with rotting trees that spew harmful gasses back into the air. The small businesses are enjoying better profits by acquiring cheaper resources. Everybody wins – especially Mother Earth.
I’m going to bring my research to the next township meeting. There is so much – far too much – tree downing going on around here. If I can’t stop trees from being killed then I’m going to try to make their deaths not be in vain.
My photo started out as a simple shot of some wood that had a green hue. And then it inspired me to put in just a bit of effort. I came up with two actionable plans that can help our planet.
If I can do it, anyone can.
Maybe that’s what is necessary. Encouraging people to SEE what is around them and to FEEL for the earth and to THINK about what matters. That's what looking at my photo did for me.
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