Apropos climate change research

Two days of intense discussions on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research applications related to climate change in various ways, organised by Formas,  a Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, ended early enough to give me approximately two hours to visit the trees in Stockholm before sunset and my return to Helsinki. That was enough, although it was already rather dark below the beech. I was happy to meet so many dedicated experts and prominent scholars, among them Stacy Alaimo, whose book Bodily Natures: Science, Nature and the Bodily Self I greatly admire. Rushing from those meetings to sit in a tree in a park was somewhat of an anticlimax. This work is  linked to climate change very  loosely, at least in terms of immediate relevance. I am contributing neither to the mitigation of nor the adaptation to climate change in any obvious manner.  Still it felt good to do something, however small, after all the discussions and plans. And posing for a camera in, on and with a tree could nevertheless contribute to heightening the awareness of our symbiotic relationship to plants, or rather our complete dependence on them for maintaining the conditions for human life as we know it, depending on what I do with the video material, of course. It was in any case great to rest with the trees for a moment, but I made many small mistakes, so I had to repeat the sessions several times. At Humlegården I first forgot to put the microphone on, decided to discard the first silent take and perform again. In the second session, the close up, the camera had stopped after seven seconds, for some unknown reason, so I had to repeat that session, too. And on top of this absurdity, I forgot to put on the microphone at Djurgården as well, so I sat in the beach twice there, too. A small group of yellow mushrooms was growing on the branch, not exactly where I normally sit, but close enough to make me careful not to crush them by mistake. Their colour was a perfect camouflage with the leaves…

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Annette Arlander

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