I am passionate about connecting people with nature and through that journey I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with some amazing people.
Trees seem to be a powerful way to connect people with nature, especially when you get your hands dirty planting and caring for them.
Paul Coleman, The Earth Walker, (http://www.earthwalker.com) who has walked over 47,500 km through 39 nations delivering the environmental message while on a mission to plant 100,000,000 trees, one for every man, woman and child killed in last century of war. 11,350,000 trees have now been planted with the help of friends and supporters from around the world.
Dr Willie Smits, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Smits) an amazing inventor/creator using his forestry skills to rescue wildlife and build more sustainable communities. His TED talk on restoring a Rainforest summarizes one of his great approaches http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html
Andy Lipkis, (http://www.treepeople.org/bio) is a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities. He founded TreePeople in Los Angeles in 1973 at age18 and continues to serve as its President. Andy has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution, and global warming. Called “Functioning Community Forests,” it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere.
Okay, I have just noticed that I have talked about 3 men. Time to put on my thinking hat about women who are just as amazing. First to spring to mind is Wangari Maathai who has done amazing things in Africa (http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/wangari-maathai).
Who do you know that is doing amazing things connecting people with nature through trees, particularly in Hong Kong or China? I hope you are one of those people!
Originally posted on December 19, 2012 at http://www.ecozine.com/blog-post/three-people-that-inspire-me-through-trees