It's not like people aren't way into trees; some embrace them, others even live in them. But arguably, neither the huggers nor the Dumpster Muffins
of the world do as much for the trees as Evergreen State College ecologist Nalini Nadkarni
, who has made a career of defending them. On today's TEDTalk, Nadkarni tells you stuff you probably didn't know about the tree canopy
(there's a whole ecosystem up there) and explains why it deserves our attention. The president of the International Canopy Network
, a nonprofit she founded in 1994, she's enlisted dancers, rappers, prisoners, and churchgoers to help her spread the tree gospel. Here's a sampling of her projects
Nalini is president of the International Canopy Network, a non-profit
built in 1994 to support interaction between all people with a vested
interest in the state of the canopy. Clearly, scientists aren't alone
in the desire to preserve our environment and this project connects
them with educators, activists and more.
After spending time exploring the treetops at Nalini's invitation in
Costa Rica, choreographers for the innovative modern dance group
Capacitor created a live show and video performance about their
experience. Nalini was credited as Scientific Advisor.
- Treetop Barbie
Showing little girls that they can be scientists and canopy researchers
too, Nalini and her graduate students collect secondhand Barbie dolls
and outfit them for a day in the field before distributing them to
eager young minds.