Declarations of climate emergency had reached a crescendo, when the pandemic brought us all to a standstill. In the abrupt quiet, we heard the birdsong, and signs that a lesser human footprint could help the environment regenerate itself. But it can't be at the improbable cost of shutting down an intricate machinery of economies and human endeavour. On occasion of the World Environment Day, what then do we hope for this living planet to be?
A male grey-chinned minivet flies past its chicks in Wulai District, New Taipei City. April 19, 2020
A single tree gives two humans clean air to breathe, while forming a home for multiple species. Trees cool the air and endow it with moisture, mitigating heat, removing upto two-thirds of pollutants induced into Earth’s atmosphere by human activity. A tree can shelter us from a storm.