Image credit: UpTrees
We like trees here at TreeHugger. And we like to do interviews too. So it's only natural that UpTrees caught my eye. It's a project by Norwegian Henrik G. Dahle, an artist and "social engineer", who has decided to climb a tree every day for a year, and to have a conversation with someone interesting while he's doing it. It's undoubtedly an interesting idea for a project. We already know that spending more time outside makes us feel more alive, and even that nature makes us nicer people—so it stands to reason that by taking thought-provoking, inspiring people and asking them to step outside and climb a tree, interesting stuff will follow.
So far Dahle has climbed trees in 8 countries, and has invited along an ex-drug dealer, a belly dancer, actors in character, a class of 8-year-old children, a 35 year old woman needing a heart transplant, and (which is where I came across the project) Rob Hopkins of the Transition Town movement. (The transcript of the interview with Rob is here.)
Right now the documentation of the project seems somewhat scatter gun, and could do with a strong editorial hand—if Dahle ever climbs down from the trees long enough to find a computer that is. He himself admits that he has some catching up to do:
"This blog This blog is a work in progress. The entries are being typed up and filled in bit by bit. Got a lot of catching up to do... nearly 6 months of material. It's a window into the adventure. Trees don't have windows, neither do computers. It's a metaphorical window and a rough note book for something to print when it's all done. Be patiant with typos and gaps and holes and flaws."
Whatever becomes of the documentation, I'm glad someone is doing this. We all need to climb more trees. Responsibly.
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