RETREET BLOG

RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.


 
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL
vol.54

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Veterans Day, still called by its original names Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in many parts of the world, was created to celebrate the end of that unprecedented conflict, which took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. One project in the U.K. wants to commemorate the sacrifices made by millions during that time by planting four Centenary Woods across the country. What an amazing example of the healing power of trees!

CENTENARY WOODS (video)

CENTENARY WOODS (video)

In Nuenen, Netherlands, artist Daan Roosegaarde unveiled a bicycle path inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting Starry Night. His dreamy pathway is enough to make even the most timid cyclist want to take a night ride.

VAN GOGH BICYCLE PATH (photos)

VAN GOGH BICYCLE PATH (photos)

The Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Washington has built an urban food forest on 7 acres of public land. Located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States, their neighborhood community has come together to grow their own food to rehabilitate the local ecosystem, improve public health and educate about the climate impact of food production.

BEACON FOOD FOREST (video)

BEACON FOOD FOREST (video)

 


 
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL
vol.53

The Netherlands once again leads the pack in bicycle infrastructure design, installing the first solar-powered bike lane. Dubbed the SolaRoad, the 230ft stretch is a pilot project that will eventually lead to energy collection to power street lights, traffic systems, electric cars, and even houses.

The Giving Tree turned 50 this week! Do you have childhood memories of this classic? What are your thoughts on its meaning? Click the link below to watch an animated film version produced in 1973 and featuring the voice of the author, Shel Silverstein. One of our favorites.

And finally, the Rodafonio! This Chilean cycling band contraption needs to join us on RETREET sometime, don't you think? Awesome!

SOLAR-POWERED BIKE LANE (article)

SOLAR-POWERED BIKE LANE (article)

THE GIVING TREE (video)

THE GIVING TREE (video)

RODAFONIO (video)

RODAFONIO (video)

 


 
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL
vol.4

The anniversary of Hurricane Sandy brought stark reminders that the recovery process for those affected will last for years and that the urban forest will take the longest to replace of all that was lost.  That being said, we are happy to have planted 14 new purple locusts at home sites in Belle Harbor, Queens over the weekend. 

Our first entry in this week's Sunday Show & Tell is a video shot by a group of cyclists who rode into the storm surge.  Then, a series of photos really puts the recovery process into perspective.  In commemoration of JFK Groves, which also took place this weekend, we have an archival film of the President planting a tree in Canada in 1961.

reTREEters planting purple locusts in Belle Harbor Queens during Sandy Anniversary Planting. 

reTREEters planting purple locusts in Belle Harbor Queens during Sandy Anniversary Planting. 

Belle Harbor, Queens, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy 










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(theatlantic.com).

Belle Harbor, Queens, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy (theatlantic.com).

 


 
JFK GROVES

 

1 DAY            7 CITIES            2000 TREES

 

WH/HO Portrait

"Today, a world of knowledge, a world of cooperation, a just and lasting peace — may be years away. But we have no time to lose. Let us plant our trees this afternoon."

— John F. Kennedy

reTREEt America is proud to partner with Texas Trees Foundation and seven communities in the DFW area to plant 2,000 trees in memory of President John F. Kennedy. As we approach the 50th anniversary of his assassination, let us remember a man who asked us all to become a part of something greater than ourselves. A component of the Tree North Texas initiative, this effort will also help offset the loss of 301 million trees in Texas in 2011 and 2012 due to drought. Learn more about JFK Groves.