Seeds are tiny, magical packets of latent energy and potential, ready to burst forth when conditions are right. They contain the very essence of Life itself: ancient wisdoms and future hopes, exquisitely designed to adapt and evolve as needs arise.
Part of Earthfire’s mission is to be a seed center. Here we gather selections of what we would like to see to germinate, take root, and unfurl into the light; stories that educate, inspire, inform and embrace hope and action. We invite you to partake, swap and share them. May they all bear fruit.
- Scientists have decoded the language of honey bees, paving the way for greater advances in research focused on these important pollinators.
- Not only did a popular 400-year-old Ceiba tree survive both Hurrican Irma and Hurricane Maria, but it bloomed, giving hope to local residents and providing food for a variety of other creatures.
- A small company in California has developed coffee cups that can be planted after use to grow native trees.
- A supermarket in Thailand has replaced plastic wrap in their produce department with banana leaves.
- Africa is working to combat climate change by building a wall—a wall of trees that will stretch across the continent and become the largest living structure on the planet.
- The Nature’s Rights movement is gaining momentum, and Science Magazine recently published an article on why it is so important.
- A British lawyer is campaigning to make ecocide an international crime.
- We know that time spent in nature is good for our physical and mental health, but how much outside time do we need to get? According to one study, we start to feel the benefits after just 20 minutes.
- European lawmakers have voted to ban all single-use plastics by 2021.
- A hospital in New York has adopted a new form of treatment for long-term patients: horticulture therapy.
What stories have inspired you this week?
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Read past Seed Swap posts here.