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Trees for Life 3: The Carbon Footprint

By Marcela Andre

Trees in history, family, and aesthetics have been covered in Trees for Life 1 and 2. Here in Trees for Life 3, let’s jump into the urgent science that advocates trees as a key to future survival of the human race on earth.

Trees and wood became indispensable to civilization with the discovery of fire. Wood as boats changed the course of history around the world. Even fossil fuels are from prehistoric underground remains of plant-life. Currently there is a dependence on these fuels to transport food and everything from ports far away, creating pollution blamed for global warming. Electricity for cooling abnormally warm, treeless environments is in increasing demand. Behold the tracks of the carbon footprint. The more it takes to produce and transport, the bigger the shoe-size of the carbon footprint. Buying locally-produced goods enriches the quality of life in a community, while transport over long distances contributes to pollution and source anonymity and increases the carbon footprint.

New residents calling San Miguel de Allende home, enchanted with modern amenities, returning natives with big-city habits, weddings, vacations, and conferences are clearly growing San Miguel’s carbon footprint. As wellness movements grow worldwide, it is imperative for event leadership and participants to grow in parallel with environmental literacy in order to grasp the importance of the carbon footprint. Naomi Klein, this year’s keynote speaker at the San Miguel Writers Conference, wrote This Changes Everything, a manual for life right now and in the near future, and if you support these movements please read this book soon. Here is a handy calculator to find a carbon footprint’s size:

Learning the reality and effects of fossil-fuel combustion makes one understand why almost every nation on the planet signed the Paris Agreement. If people don’t cut down their carbon footprint, the planet is on course to overheating. Tree-cover replacement is essential and easy in one’s own back yard.

The San Juan de Dios church, founded in 1546, as per the Royal Spanish archive records, is in San Miguel de Allende’s historic district at the entrance to the Royal Road from Guanajuato and displays patron Saint John of God with a pomegranate and a gentle countenance. Pomegranates grow easily in a sunny spot in San Miguel with a protective wall. It’s a traditional patio tree and links the home with living traditions of healing and wisdom. Saint John of God was the first to recognize all illnesses, including epilepsy, as medical problems that could be treated.

Do something now: one tree and portabella mushrooms: no transportation, no pesticides, no plastic foam packaging, and no extra time shopping. Make a protected area around a tree and fluff up good topsoil, making sure to remove rocks and sticks. Put some fresh portabella mushrooms gills down on the soil and cover lightly with earth and dry leaves and leave undisturbed. In a few weeks enjoy portabella mushrooms that will grow for years. Walking gently around a tree gives many benefits.

Carbon footprint questions may be directed to Marcela Andre at this email address:


Marcela Andre Lopez is an independent multicultural artist/scholar trained by Bill Mollison and Swami Satchidananda Saraswati, Don Felix Luna Romero, shamanic chief Don Mónico Ramírez, and family elders, and is a veteran of countless independent apprenticeships and studies at Polytechnic New York University and the University of Virginia. Marcela Andre is descended from original San Miguel Allende founding families and George D. Perkins, founder of The Sioux City Journal, which sponsored the first Andre family visit to San Miguel Allende in 1947.


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