Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Good Advice From Trees

While in Monterey, we talked with the local community about sustainable destinations. How this region of businesses--already incorporating environmentally responsible practices--can put together a package of sustainable hotels, restaurants, attractions, stores and transit. By working together, their community can form an "eco-zone" for meetings and events.

Community is important. In fact, may be vital to survival. It was a lesson I had just seen in nature.

The day before and a few miles north, we visited a Coast Redwood grove. According to the guide, these giant trees have very shallow roots (less than 6 feet deep) but horizontally spread hundreds of feet in each direction to secure themselves by holding on to the other trees in the grove. Growing together makes the trees strong enough to survive coastal storms and grow up to 360 feet tall, living for more than 2,000 years.

Good advice from my elders. How does your community make you stronger?

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