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Nature has far-reaching roots, not least the magnificent ash tree and its European mythology. Both could be lost to die-back

The Guardian Environment – George Monbiot – 12 October 2012

Ash trees by Grange Fell near Watendlath in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Reading the shocking news about ash die-back, the disease that has now killed most of Denmark’s ash trees and many of those across the rest of northern Europe, I was reminded that when we lose our wildlife we lose some of our stories.

The death of a species, especially a species as significant as the ash, punches a hole not only in nature, but also in our culture.

Throughout northern Europe, the ash tree was associated in pagan thought with the guardianship of life. As Paul Kendall explains on the Trees for Life site, in the mythology of the Vikings (and several other northern peoples), an ash known as yggdrasil or the “world tree” was the scaffolding on which the universe was built…. more http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2012/oct/12/wildlife-ash-tree-die-back

FOLLOW UP BLOG by George Monbiot : Let’s Rename The Ash Dieback ‘Cameron’s Contagion’ ” The government’s disgraceful failure to act on this disease reflects an ideological fixation with unimpeded commerce…

Unprecedented study:  Language and Culture Disappear with Ecosystem and Biodiversity Loss  http://sco.lt/8PcKsD

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