I began stewarding Miyawaki Forests to share the understanding that ecosystems exist everywhere, and that we can change our urban and built environments in small but powerful ways to restore these ecosystems to healthy, flourishing complexity.
We live in a time of climate crisis and degradation, and I believe that the best way to go forward with determination and hope is to empower communities to take direct action in building climate resilience. Planting Miyawaki Forests is a way to impact our ecosystems for the better, to repair our connection with nature, and to help nature do its work of managing temperature, water, nutrients, and energy in the ways that best support life.
There is such inspiring beauty in the biodiversity we sustain, and these forests are living reminders of how deeply connected we all are, from a local to a planetary scale. As communities nurture the forest and its inhabitants, our own wellbeing and joy grows. This is how ecosystems, and ecosystem restoration efforts, are much more than the sum of their parts.