Moving the Giants: An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet, The short film Moving the Giants from The Storey Group tells the story of arborist David Milarch, as he helps California coastal Redwoods migrate northward to survive climate changes that threaten their current habitat. His is one path to promote “treequestration,” a mass movement to use one of nature’s most prolific methods to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the amount of future climate change. Currently touring the 2016 film festival circuit. Coming this Spring. Proceeds from the sale of Moving the Giants will support Archangel Tree Archive and tree planting efforts around the world.
Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the Earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world -the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change- and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned many of the world’s oldest trees -among them giant Redwoods and Sequoias.
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive
The Milarch family operates the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive whose mission is to: 1) Propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone. 2) Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future. 3) Reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees to provide the myriad of beneficial ecosystem services essential for all life forms to thrive including releasing oxygen, sequestering carbon dioxide, providing beneficial aerosols and medicines: essentially a global warming solution. Their educational programs can help people utilize appropriate trees in their communities to help restore healthy environments. The Artful Blog encourages you to reach out to them and get involved!