We recently participated in the Trees and Memory workshop held at the Durban Botanic Gardens. We provided participants with digital audio recorders which they used to interview each other. These interviews, along with stories produced from this day, will be made available on the Ulwazi Community Memory wiki.
This Trees and Memory project’s objectives are two-fold:
- Bring together seniors and school-going youth to enable them to share their stories and associations with trees. The process will help revive the lost art of story-telling, and this would be a way for the older generation to share and leave their stories with children. This will lead to learning, healing, growth and a greater tolerance of each generation by the other.
- Bring to awareness the unprecedented changes made to ecosystems in recent decades to meet growing demands for food and other ecosystems services. These changes have weakened nature’s ability to deliver its vital services. There is an urgent need to stem the tide on habitat loss and degradation, the increasing use of natural resources, invasive alien plants, pollution, global warming and climate change. Fostering respect and love for trees is a means to mitigate the impact on the environment.