Like the Lorax, they speak for the trees.

Richard Powers and Monica Gagliano in conversation, two of our most articulate spokespeople for trees, forests, and ecosystems as living, breathing entities worthy of our respect, and perhaps showing signs of sentience, on their own time scale.

Powers wrote a magnificent novel in which he highlighted the recent science that tells us trees communicate among themselves, even across species lines, nurture each other and especially send nutrients to their offsprings. The next year, Gagliano announced her experiments demonstrating with extraordinary rigor that plants can learn and remember, though they have no nervous systems or anything that we can identify as an information processing system.

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