What can hold more than 500 species, sequester more than 500 lbs. CO2/year, be 10F cooler than its surroundings, soak up lots of rainwater,and be made by and for children in a space no bigger than a tennis court? A “mini-forest” planted using the Miyawaki Method, of course!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate hosts Miyawaki-Method advocates Hannah Lewis (Bio4Climate Compendium editor) and Daan Bleichrodt (The Netherlands’ Tiny Forest initiative leader), as they talk about mini-/tiny-forests and their role in climate resilience, urban beautification, and connecting all of us to nature.
Dave Morimoto, Professor of Biology and Chair of Natural Science and Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University will moderate the discussion.
Hannah’s new book, “Mini-Forest Revolution” will be published by Chelsea Green on June 9, 2022.
Article from The Guardian
Daan Bleichrodt and Global Earth Repair Foundation
Tiny Forests - Worldwide
Tiny Forests - Netherlands
Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming.
The mini forest in Danehy Park - North Cambridge
BIO: Hannah Lewis
Since 2017 Hannah Lewis has collected, organized and written most of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’s Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming. She holds an MS in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology from Iowa State University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, and worked to create and support community-based food systems for many years.
In 2020 Hannah published an article on Miyawaki Forests in The Guardian. That article has inspired a number of communities to plant mini-forests of their own, and led Chelsea Green Press to ask her to write Mini-Forest Revolution.. Hannah has been living in France with her husband and twin daughters, and they have recently returned to the US.
BIO: Daan Bleichrodt
Daan Bleichrodt is on a mission to re-connect urban kids with nature worldwide. He is Chief Tree Planting Officer at IVN environmental education and leads the Tiny Forest movement in the Netherlands. He is also a consultant and teacher for Earthwatch in the UK, Goodplanet in Belgium, and Ecosystem Restoration Camps .
BIO: Dave Morimoto
David Morimoto is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and animal behaviorist by training. He has studied the effects of forest fragmentation on Ovenbirds in Massachusetts and performed basic bird inventories in the tropics, most recently on the Rupununi River in Guyana, South America. He is currently involved in urban bird research studying Cambridge birds and is working on the development of citizen science initiatives and the creation of a biodiversity map of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge and Watertown. Most recently, he has been studying the reforestation (that he calls reforestoration)of rice fields on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
His areas of academic focus and expertise include: ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, and animal behavior. He is very interested in Complexity Science and in unifying principles of complex systems. His teachers have included visionary scientists Lynn Margulis (symbiosis in evolution) and Richard Forman (Landscape Ecology). David holds a BS from Stonehill College and a MA and PhD from Boston University.