Trees are nature’s record keepers. They document their lives through annual growth rings hidden behind their bark, and for those that know how to read this arboreal script, the rings tell a detailed story. They reveal environmental changes and disease, forest fires and droughts and pollution levels throughout the tree’s life.

If there are any trees left in the future, their rings will show how our species struggled to limit our carbon emissions and poisoned the Earth. But what if there was a way to use the natural climate monitoring ability of trees to convey the urgency of climate change to ordinary people? This is the motivating idea behind Voice of Nature

Using environmental sensors we generated 1,600 data points to create a data visualisation that showed how the tree was feeling real time about the environmental changes happening around it.

The Voice of Nature

Thijs Biersteker’s art.

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