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Jonathan Drori:
Around the world in 80 trees

Trees are essential to every part of human life, and Jonathan Drori believes that the way that humanity treats trees is one bellwether for the health of our planet.

Hosted by Natasha Mitchell. 

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“There was a whole world in that tree, and in every tree. They warrant our appreciation, and many of them need our protection.”

Jonathan Drori

Encounter the life of trees like never before

The way that individual societies, and indeed humanity as a whole, treats trees is one bellwether for the health of our planet.

From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, trees are essential to human life. Consider the pomegranate in Iran, the baobab in South Africa, the jacaranda in Argentina and across the world; each are adapted to their environment, offering us unique gifts. Trees provide sanctuary and inspiration—not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

But our leafy friends are in trouble. We aren't treating them as they deserve. Climate change and environmental degradation are destroying ecosystems that keep them healthy.

So what can we do? Join expert on plant science, Jonathan Drori as he brings his considerable knowledge—and talent for unearthing bizarre and delightful tree trivia—to explore how trees are fundamental to the health of our planet, and the wellbeing of the human race.

More about Jonathan Drori...

Jonathan Drori CBE is a British-born professor, ambassador, author and trustee. As a Director and Executive Producer with the BBC he was responsible for many popular science and arts television series, and has since been involved with The Woodland Trust, The Eden Project, and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Drori's book, Around the World in 80 Trees, explores humanity's relationship with trees and is printed on FSC-approved, sustainably-sourced paper.

Hosted by Natasha Mitchell 

Natasha Mitchell is presenter of ABC RN's science, technology and culture program and podcast, Science Friction.

She is a multi-award winning ABC journalist, presenter, podcaster and documentary maker. She has hosted some of ABC RN’s most popular programs, including our long-running daily morning show Life Matters for four years (2012-2016) and was the founding presenter & producer of the popular science, psychology & culture radio program, All in the Mind, from 2002-12.

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