RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.82
Safety is an important part of riding, and lights at night are a key element. The Monkey Light Pro is about as cool a way to be noticed as possible when cruising the streets after dark. With thousands of patterns to choose from, these are some slick LEDs!
MONKEY LIGHT PRO (photos/video)
A group of students from the Estonian Academy of Arts recently built a series of giant megaphones and placed them in a forest outside of the capital, Tallinn. An art installation and resting place, these beautifully crafted pieces allow passersby to experience the trees in a whole new way. Hardly the sounds of silence!
ESTONIAN FOREST MEGAPHONES (photo essay)
Hayao Miyazaki, one of the world's most famous animators, announced that he will build a park in Okinawa, incorporating themes from some of his most beloved films. This is guaranteed to be a magical place. We would love to walk down these paths.
MIYAZAKI PARK IN OKINAWA (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.56
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Perhaps the best holiday of all, it is a day to remember and appreciate the gifts, both big and small, that life has bestowed upon us. We hope you were able to enjoy delicious food and stimulating conversation with family and friends.
Here at RETREET, we are most thankful for all of the folks who have helped us in any way to plant more trees for more people over the past three years. Our community is our heart. THANK YOU for being a part of it.
Now that you're most likely stuffed full of leftovers (we are!) and enjoying the fleeting few hours left in your holiday weekend, it's time to enjoy SS&T.
Lilly Yokoi, a member of one of Japan's most famous entertainment families, is known as the Ballerina on the Golden Bicycle. Learn why by clicking the link. Her tricks are unparalleled.
LILLY YOKOI - THE BALLERINA ON THE GOLDEN BICYCLE (video)
Then take a forest bath through this glorious set of photos, which will put you in a great mood to start a new work week.
FOREST BATHS! (photos)
And finally, marvel at the reintroduction of the dandy horse, one of the precursors to the bicycle. Looks like a fun way to burn some of those extra calories!
NOIR VIF - THE DANDY HORSE REBORN (images)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.49
In Japan, fallen maple leaves become a delicious snack after a little bit of frying with sweetened tempura batter. Speaking of fallen leaves, read some excellent tips for what to do with yours instead of stuffing them into trash bags. HINT: trees feed themselves!
You may have heard of the Copenhagen Wheel, which sources say will revolutionize urban transportation. But do you know what makes is so special and what the fuss is all about? Watch a short news clip that explains.
FRIED MAPLE LEAVES IN JAPAN (article)
WHAT TO DO WITH FALLEN LEAVES (article)
THE COPENHAGEN WHEEL (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.48
Before 1900, the American chestnut accounted for 1 in every 4 hardwood trees in the eastern forests of the US. Though a fungal blight killed over 4 billion of these majestic beauties, almost causing their extinction, there may be hope on the horizon for their regeneration. Learn about the past, present, and potential future of these amazing trees.
Have you ever wanted to ride your bike across the country, or wondered how the bike lanes in one city compare with those in another? Take a gander at the United Bike Lanes of America Infographic, a GOOD + CLIF Bar project.
Few people know how to build tree houses as well as Takashi Kobayashi. Click through a gallery of some of his finest masterworks.
THE AMERICAN CHESTNUT (article)
BIKE LANES OF AMERICA (interactive map)
TREEHOUSE MASTER (slideshow)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.24
This week, we share some bicycle and tree entries from the Guinness Book of World Records. Think you could best any? Also, a beautiful film about Tohoku, the region in Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami, its people, and their relationship to nature. Finally, in celebration of International Day of Forests, 9 facts you should know about forests and trees. Don't forget to click the links!
Ukraine has been in the news a lot in recent weeks. Did you know it is home to The Red Forest, a swath of trees destroyed by Chernobyl that is now a wildlife refuge for endangered species? If you find that story captivating, be sure to peruse the list of ten amazing tree tales including the Japanese Miracle Pine, a computer game that fights tree disease, and the most dangerous tree in the world. Before you go, let us introduce you to Elly Blue, the woman who says cycling is the key to a healthy economy.
RETREET IN THE NEWS! We received a nice mention for our work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in the March/April issue of Orion Magazine. Click the link below to read the article.
THE RED FOREST IN UKRAINE
TEN AMAZING STORIES ABOUT TREES
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.20
Take a virtual forest bath with images of some of the most beautiful trees on Earth. Then, check out a proposal from the George Mason University 2014 Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition that presents a vision for protected intersections for bicyclists. What do you think? Finally, meet Akira Miyawaki, the director of the Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology, who is taking an all-natural approach to disaster prevention: growing a 40 million tree Great Wall of Forest.
Take a forest bath! (PHOTO GALLERY)
Proposal for a Protected Intersection for Bicyclists. (VIDEO)
The Scientist Who Has Planted 40 Million Trees as a Tidal Wave Shield. (ARTICLE)