Stephen O Farrell

'Church Forest' Documentary Reveals the Unseen World of Tree Canopies in Ethiopia

by , 09/26/11

  Church Forest, treetop architecture, treehouse, tree architecture, tree bridges, Meg Lowman, tree canopies, ethiopia tree canopies, deforestation, tree churches, tree living, treetop villages, treetop churches, treetop communities, canopy research, kickstarter

‘Church Forest’ is a new documentary project featuring the work of legendary scientist Meg Lowman, and the unseen world of tree canopies set within the endangered treetops of Ethiopia. To date, 95% of Ethiopia’s forest have been eradicated because of deforestation, but remarkably tiny pockets of untouched forests remain and at their centers lie churches. These vestiges of forest have been preserved due in part to church parishioners who have placed symbolic and religious significance on the land. It is in these remaining oases that the ‘Church Forest’ documentary team will climb to the treetops and capture Lowman and her researchers studying the trees and the sacred cultural and environmental practices to go on within. Lowman, known as the mother of canopy research, is the leading treetop canopy scientist. Through decades of work, she has managed to design radical new ways of exploring and sustaining treetops – including hot-air balloons and walkways. Filming for this project is set to begin Janurary 2012, but they still need your help to get produced! To support their efforts and to learn more about this stellar project, visit their Kickstarter page here.

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