RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.113
Amazingly, one of the first fruit trees planted by European settlers upon reaching US soil is still alive, well, and bearing fruit. The Endicott pear took root in 1630 and ever since has been lauded and carefully cared for by many, though it has encountered its fair share of trials and tribulations through the centuries as well. A fascinating tale!
US FRUIT TREE PLANTED BY EUROPEAN SETTLERS (article)
We've posted several stories of incredible efforts to plants trees in India, but this one takes the cake. This past Monday, more than 800,000 people from all walks of life planted almost 50 MILLION trees in 24 HOURS in Uttar Pradesh, absolutely crushing the world record set by Pakistan in 2013. Read more about this planting and the $6.2 billion the Indian government has put aside to funds such efforts.
50 MILLION TREES PLANTED IN INDIA (short article)
In 1919, a powerful group of women came together in Eureka, CA, with a single purpose: to save the Redwoods. Their incredible efforts were revolutionary at the time. Not only did they challenge established gender norms, these women created one of the first environmental movements in the US.
THE WOMEN WHO SAVED THE REDWOODS (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.102
Last year, cyclist Eric "The Red Baron" Barone, 54, beat his own world speed record on a mountain bike in the snow, topping out at 138.75mph. The video speaks for itself. Woah. What a rush!
MOUNTAIN BIKE SPEED WORLD RECORD (video)
Trees hold a special place throughout American history, as previously mentioned in our recommendation of the book "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow. If you don't feel up to the task of reading an entire book about the subject, the following article might inspire you. In colonial New England, trees were a prominent feature of everyday life. A pine tree even adorned the first local currency produced, the pine tree shilling. Interested? Keep reading.
SYMBOLIC TREES OF NEW ENGLAND (article)
Artist Stephen Lund, based in Victoria, British Columbia, frequently rides 50 miles in a day to create GPS sketches using the cycling app Strava. His imagination, and legs, seemingly know no bounds. This is a really fun gallery to browse.
DRAWING WITH GPS (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.79
New Zealand BMX cyclist Jed Milton just set a new world record, becoming the first person to land a quadruple backflip. This video, courtesy of Nitro Circus, is unreal. Nothing like a little friendly competition to push boundaries!
QUADRUPLE BACKFLIP (video)
Bicycles have played a number of key roles throughout the last century, serving as everything from military transportation to an emblem of the women's rights movement in the US. National Geographic gathered 16 shots that really put historical context to our favorite machine. Cycle through!
A CENTURY OF CYCLING (photos)
What is a tree worth? Would it surprise you to know that a new study found that an additional ten trees on a given clock corresponds to a one-percent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt? Every little bit helps! This builds upon a thread we originally mentioned in SS&Tvol76. Read more about the many benefits of our green friends at the link below.