Breath Of Ecology

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It's that time of year again for our trees to begin to delight us with their annual display of vibrant colors, especially in our northern states and Canada.


Before bidding farewell to their branches, the leaves. having sported their green chlorophyll throughout the summer, will now allow those hidden reds and golds to shine through and attract thousands with cameras, even by the busloads.


It shouldn't be during autumn only, however, that we focus on our precious trees. There's a sign in Bernheim Forest that reads...


"Imagine a building like a tree that: creates oxygen, provides homes for animals, is beautiful to behold, uses only available sunlight for energy, protects our water, sequesters carbon, stores energy, provides shade and comfort, reproduces itself, cleans the air, adapts to the seasons, interacts with other living things, and in the end of its life it returns to the earth to support a healthy future.

The sign ends with the words: What would happen if we looked to nature for inspiration about how to live?"

Let's do it.


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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