ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


Tet: A Moveable Forest by mattsteinglass
February 17, 2007, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Vietnam

Found myself stuck in traffic for about 15 minutes Thursday on Yen Phu street, completely surrounded by kumquat and peach-blossom trees — perched on the backs of bicycles, motorbikes, for sale at roadside, being toted by overburdened ladies, etc. Suddenly a thought occurred to me: a practical method for combatting global warming? Require every motor vehicle to carry its own carbon-sequestering shrub? Flowering, ideally, for highway beautification purposes?

Just a thought. Anyway, a few views of Tet in Hanoi, that mad season when every member of the populace rushes lemming-like to acquire fruit-bearing vegetation, lest they dishonor themselves, their family, friends, and anyone who has ever been associated with them…

Girl Carrying Peach Blossoms

Girl carrying peach blossoms on Au Co

Then there’s the extraordinary “have your picture taken in front of this clinically insane Hallmark diorama” stuff along Thanh Nien St., near Tran Quoc pagoda.

Santa Chua Tran Quoc

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the populace rushes lemming-like to acquire fruit-bearing vegetation, lest they dishonor themselves, their family, friends, and anyone who has ever been associated with them…[…]

Yeap and 3 weeks after, the same trees are in the streets wainting for the street sweeper, not very ecological all that 😦

Comment by kca

Alas fraid you’re right there. I think. I don’t really understand carbon sequestration — if you cut one tree and immediately grow a new one in its spot, aren’t you sequestering just as much carbon? Or it depends on the differential rates of decay of the old one vs. growth of the new one? It’s a mystery to me.

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