I received an email from someone who said that, when asked by their council, the residents of his city identified trees as their No.1 priority.
|Manhattan, New York|
This is very encouraging - although sometimes the residents' enthusiasm comes with the unstated qualifier, "as long as it doesn't inconvenience me or put my rates up"(!)
We're all guilty of that to some extent I guess - ie sometimes our principles are only as deep as our pockets ;)
Hopefully though we're all gradually coming to accept that yes, there is cost associated with trees and also "inconvenience" at times, but the extraordinary benefits they provide us - and all the other creatures we share this amazing planet with - far outweigh any "negatives"**.
* Not In My Backyard
** I say "negatives" because we can actually learn to see many of these as positives if we adjust our thinking (and our landscapes) a bit.