Plant a Tree. Or a Forest.

July 24

And now for a small hopeful note. I think it’s pretty easy to make the case that in many ways, things have, over time, gotten better for people. You can argue it lots of ways, but the case can be made that history indeed has been moving in the direction of net-positive for people.

A LOT harder to make that case for the natural world. They taught us about erosion in grade school. Who knew that we would turn out to be the Relentless Purveyors of Planetary Erosion. We’ve had good luck so far in outrunning our own natural depredations, but time to think very hard about the phrase Tipping Point now. If there is one thing that gives me some hope, it’s things like this.  Ecosystem restoration. It can be done, it has been done, and it gives some encouragement that we can get involved in a planet-wide effort to rebuild the natural networks that I suspect sustain us more than we understand.

I don’t know enough about the particulars of this example to assess it. Quibble with it if you want. It looks to me like small efforts having a compounding positive effect. The most moving scene for me, though, was the wordless shot of a Sensitive Plant being touched lightly and recoiling. It is a message of fragility. But maybe one of resilience too.

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog.
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