"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Friday, September 28, 2012

A green environment

An interesting video. It's a bit lengthy but, stick with it. It's worth watching.
"This is a spectacular example of sustainable living architecture that will live grow for generations.

In Meghalaya, Northeast India, the rivers during the monsoon season are wild, unpredictable and impossible to cross.

But the people there have created a beautiful solution: bridges made of roots that last for hundreds of years and will survive any deluge! These living bridges are part of a network connecting the valleys of Meghalaya.

In this visually stunning video, a man teaches his niece to care for a living bridge, which he started with a simple fig tree 30 years ago. He shows her how to coax the roots to the other side where they will take root.

No man can complete this task in his lifetime, so they must teach the young, who will teach their young. This living bridge will grow for 500 years.

What will it take for us in the West to begin to incorporate this level of imagination, resourcefulness, working with nature...and thinking 500 years down the road?

-Bibi Farber"


Shooting Parrots said...

Fascinating stuff. Meghalaya makes Manchester look positively desertlike!

Jennyta said...

That was my reaction too, SP. ;)

Cro Magnon said...

Fabulous. And what beautiful people too.

Jennyta said...

Yes, they are, Cro. :)

Cro Magnon said...

Interesting how, for some people, to be 'beautiful' is normal. For others it's a path to celebrity and riches.

elaine rickett said...

Fascinating stuff - I think I've seen this before on tv.

Jennyta said...

Doesn't that say more about the society they live in, though, Cro?

Jennyta said...

I think it did start out as a BBC video, Elaine, but I got it in an email.

Flighty said...

Interesting indeed, thanks for the link. Flighty xx

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Could there be a better illustration of the saying "Patience is a virtue"? I doubt it.

Jennyta said...

You're welcome, Flighty.
YP, you're right!


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