We check out the many amazing ways that people all over the world are embracing “green space” through architecture, infrastructure and landscaping, inviting the natural world back into our homes and businesses as a vital part of our efforts to live sustainably. From street-side city gardens to snail-inspired biomimicry, from a real-life Hobbit Hotel to a table lamp that runs on moss — we explore what it means to approach the process of “placemaking” as a way of connecting to nature and restoring our sense of sacred space. In our Pro Extension, we ponder the implications of granting legal rights to rivers and forests; plus, we examine the “religious” aspect of the debate over hydro-fracking.
Melanie Griffin, a former National Director of the Sierra Club, joins Jeff Lilly in an exclusive interview to share some personal reflections on her experiences working in the environmental movement, exploring the ways that science, technology, the economy and social media has shaped the conversation about ecology and environmentalism over the past few decade, as well as what the future of environmentalism might hold as a new generation grows up with the global warming crisis.
We share an appreciation for our flora kin and explore how welcoming plants into our everyday lives and environments can improve our quality of life in many different — and sometimes unexpected — ways. We learn about how ordinary herbs might help treat cancer and calm nerves; we look at innovative new designs in art and technology that draw their inspiration from our green-leafed friends; and we ponder what plants can teach us about intelligence and cooperation in flourishing communities. In our Pro extension, we visit with the mighty giants of the forest and discover what lessons trees can teach us about faith and spiritual relationship.