Through Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine, a contribution of sales on selected works will be made to Friends of Acadia.
In recent years, it seems almost every week we are learning through science more about our human relationship to the natural environment, the intricate ties to the earth, and the infinite forms of life that inhabit it with us. At the same time, we are also learning more about the importance of consciousness and how other life forms may share similarities in consciousness.
Being a lifelong advocate and admirer of trees, I am fascinated with the new research and work being done by researchers such as Dr. Susan Simard at UBC, Forester, author Peter Wohlleben and Dr. Monica Gagliano at the Sydney Environment Institute. Their studies are helping us understand how best to manage forests by understanding that trees are a network of life, not simply “individuals” competing for space and resources. For instance, trees can sense and respond to their environment via the ability to communicate with each other in ways not previously known; thus, our knowledge of how best to enact forest conservation is expanding rapidly.
We are learning that life other than human life is not simply a commodity or resource; we need to learn to live in reciprocity with our environment and not just live off the environment.