RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.74
There are some truly monumental bicycle rides out there, among them The Swiss Epic. Watch this stunning short film about five teams from different backgrounds attempting to win "Europe's Toughest Mountain Bike Race," facing a whole host of incredible obstacles along the way.
THE SWISS EPIC: EUROPE'S TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE (short film)
Electric bicycles are all the rage these days, but a legitimate question remains: how to generate all of the electricity required in a green fashion? Iranian inventor Mojtaba Raeisi has a smart answer. Behold his sleek concept, the Ele Solar Bicycle. Instead of spokes, its wheels have automatically adjusting solar panels that give it the juice it needs to go farther than the competition, in a more Earth-friendly way.
ELE SOLAR BIKE (video)
We love spending time amongst the trees, and revere the advice of our elders. Take a moment to enjoy the company of these trees, the ancient masters that have lasted for millennia. Surely, there is something to be learned.
OUR TREE ELDERS (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.72
A movement is underway to put the Oak back in Oakland, which is perhaps the largest city in the US named after a tree. Read all about efforts to reconnect the city's current residents to its forested past.
PUTTING THE OAK IN OAKLAND (article)
Remember when we posted about Solaroad, the solar-power producing bicycle path in The Netherlands? Well, it's been up and running for a while now, and the results are in: Solaroad is generating more power than expected. We certainly hope that its amazing success leads to a rapid spread of this technology across the globe.
UPDATE: DUTCH SOLAROAD WORKING BETTER THAN EXPECTED (video/photo essay)
We all know books come from trees, right? Well now, trees come from books! Pequeño Editor, a small publishing company in Argentina, created a book that teaches children about paper production and can be planted once it's been read. The book puts back into nature that which it took out, eventually growing into a mature Jacaranda. They even display germinated books in stores. What a great gift for young ones.
THE BOOK THAT GROWS INTO A TREE (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.69
We all love bicycles, but the folks BBC Autos spent some time compiling a list of the 10 bicycles that most tickle their fancy. How do you feel about their particular selections? Any you would swap out?
10 MOST BEAUTIFUL BICYCLES (slideshow)
Do you love classic Disney films and trees? This video is for you. Walt Disney takes us into the studio to show us how four of his most famous artists illustrated his best-known films, then leads the whole group into a field where we see all of them paint the same tree in their signature styles. Love it.
4 DISNEY ARTISTS PAINT 1 TREE (short film)
The Korean government has constructed a bike trail from Daejeon to Sejong, two cities about 2-3 hours south of the capital, Seoul. Not only is the trail shaded, it generates solar power!
KOREAN SOLAR BIKE TRAIL (drone footage)
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!