We had a very hot summer in Portugal. There were days when temperature was as high as 43degrees Celcius. And this left a mark on Nature. Hundreds of wildfires. Hundreds of thousands of wildflife casualties. This year it really felt like Nature was finding it hard to adapt to the rapidly changing and warming climate.Many trees got 'sunburned' and had their ldry eaves dropped early.
Now, looking at the forests here in Central Portugal- we want to greet them as survivors, feeling they have made it through the summre and can finally enjoy some rain. Maybe mushrooms will appear too. Nature is recovering.
We just want to share our heart-driven wish and desire to see a future where native biodiversity and multi-culture would be returned to woodlands and biodiversity could return. The trend has been that burned land here is then purchase by paper companies planting mono-culture and non-native trees like eucalyptus (or pine) and these are dominitating all life in the forest, driving native flora and fauna away.
Please pass the word and take every opportunity to raise awareness and educate people on the damaging effects of mono-culture forests and the need for us all to help Nature to adapt to the chanigng climate. It is time to rewild Portugal too!
Best autumn wishes,
Romi's Way team
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