Imagine a world without trees. It might look something like Mars, no water, no topsoil, no protection from searing UV rays or temperature extremes, dry, hot and lifeless. If life as we know it could exist in such a place we would expect it to be only the most resilient forms. If humans were to survive in this extreme world Arborist Jan Allen proposes that it would likely be in an artificially modified and contained environment, perhaps not too unlike the average air conditioned city apartment that the majority of the world’s urban population now inhabit.
A long way from where we are now? Perhaps but you might not be so certain following the record breaking heatwaves cooking the country this January. It is increasingly apparent that we are vulnerable to dramatic weather events that include the threat of more frequent heatwaves of
How hot can it get? Well that is a hotly debated topic, pardon the pun, but it has been hot enough over the past weeks for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to add another colour to their temperature range maps to account for temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius.
Do we sit back and crank up our air conditioners? Maybe its time we learn to appreciate nature in all its moods and begin to make simple changes to build resilience in our communities; I am arguing that trees can help us do exactly that. Local governments across the country are fast realising that the humble tree is a valuable asset that has been overlooked. As city assets, trees deserve a prominent place in our urban areas.
Topics examined further are:
- Ecosystem Services
- Economic Benefits