Saturday, June 3, 2017

What Michael Buble can teach us about urban forest

Listen to this song and turn it up loud. The lyrics and all that are good but I'm talking about listening to the brass section. IT LEAVES NOTHING ON THE TABLE, climaxing in that amazing "shake" at 2:48. It's a balls-out, smash-it-out-of-the-park kinda arrangement. And that's how we should be approaching our tree planting. ALL OUT. We should be aiming to make Perth the canopy-cover king of Australia. We're not even getting close with our current approach. We need to take the bull by the horns and plant big. EVERYWHERE. At closer spacings. On public lands where they can't be touched. Forget about trees on private property. That's a lost cause. Besides, it's too hypocritical of councils to be hollering about it when there is SO MUCH of their own land that can take hundreds of thousands more trees. MILLIONS across Perth. We gotta stop mucking around with this. The task is before us. One council needs to stand up and throw the kitchen sink at it and the others will follow. One thing I know for sure after 35 years working in local government: no Council likes to be bested by another. Build it folks. They will come.

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