The Global Forest

The Global Forest

Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

Format
Ebook
Price
$11.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101404539
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

The basis for the documentary film Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees – a compelling tribute to trees, grounded in a wide range of scientific knowledge

One of the world’s experts on how trees chemically affect the environment, Canadian scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger is on a mission to save the planet- one newly planted tree at a time. In this new book, she skillfully weaves together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine to capture the magic spell that trees cast over us, from their untapped ecological and pharmaceutical potential to the roles they have played in our cultural heritage. Trees not only breathe and communicate; they also reproduce, provide shelter, medicine, and food, and connect disparate elements of the natural world. In celebrating forests’ function and beauty, Beresford-Kroeger warns what a deforested world would look like. Her revolutionary bioplan proposes how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming, main­taining biodiversity in the face of climate change.

Presented in short interconnected essays, The Global Forest draws from ancient storytelling traditions to present an unforgettable work of natural history. Beresford-Kroeger is an imaginative thinker who writes with the precision of a scientist and the lyricism of a poet. Her indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees with newfound awe.


From the Hardcover edition.

Praise

“On occasion, someone understands a subject so deeply that information is transmuted into wisdom.  This book marks one of those occasions – it is rich and hopeful and compelling.”
– Bill McKibben
 
“Beautifully written . . .this book delves into environmental sciences with a fresh perspective.”
New Scientist
 
“The essays of The Global Forest are a beautiful and poetic tribute to their subject, based on wide-ranging scientific knowledge.”
– E.O. Wilson
 
“An important book with many significant insights into the interconnectedness of trees and other life forms.”
Orion Magazine
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