Tree Stories

Tree Stories

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center Christoph Kueffer, HSR Rapperswil & ETH Zurich Recent hurricanes in the United States were not only physical events but also storms of information. Some may have hoped that they would help to changing how people and politicians think about climate change; probably they didn’t. At least not immediately. This is typical of many environmental problems. There is a vast amount of scientific data, but it remains difficult to form a consensus and see how action can spring from all the information. This is because information is often incomplete, difficult to understand, abstract or even contradictory. In recent years scientists have started to collaborate more intensively with humanities scholars and artists to develop new ways of synthesizing and visualizing scientific information in ways that are more tangible to the public. One such strategy is to tell stories. Storytelling engages people with an environmental issue through dialogue, for example the recent Tree Stories storytelling journey through Zürich organized by the group Environmental Humanities Switzerland in May 2017.   The future of urban trees Trees in a city such as Zurich have become a contested topic. They disappear where urban densification competes for their space, yet people love them and fight for them. They are increasingly also seen as a magic bullet against the negative effects of a warming climate in the already hot and dry heat islands of cities. But even if we agree to have lots of trees in Zurich, things don’t get easier. Some want native trees to support native biodiversity, while others argue that only alien trees introduced from elsewhere can survive,...

Baum-Geschichten: 19 Mai 2017

Ein Spaziergang von Botanik zu Biographie Während eines Spaziergangs, der uns in der Stadt Zürich zu Bäumen aus verschiedenen Ländern führen wird, treffen wir auf Performances und Geschichten, die von Zürchern mit globalen Wurzeln veranstaltet und erzählt werden. In Zürich, einer kosmopolitischen Metropole, gedeihen hunderte von Baumarten. Einige Vertreter leben hier bereits seit Tausenden von Jahren, andere erst seit kurzer Zeit. Wir laden eine kleine Gruppe von Zürchern, die, wie die Bäume globale Wurzeln aufweisen, ein, einen Baum zu wählen, der ihr/ sein Herkunftsland repräsentiert. Was bedeutet es, hier in Zürich einem Baum aus dem eigenen Heimatland zu begegnen? Fühlt sich der Anblick angenehm an? Löst er Freude oder Heimweh aus? Oder beides? Führt der Anblick zu einer stärkeren Verwurzelung oder führt er zur Entfremdung? Das Projekt zielt darauf ab, die öffentliche Wahrnehmung der globalen Natur Zürichs zu schärfen und den Dialog zu Unterscheidungen wie einheimisch versus nicht einheimisch in der Natur anzuregen....
Leopard Ecology & Conservation Symposium

Leopard Ecology & Conservation Symposium

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