It seems like nature is frequently taking a back seat to urban planning. It’s a dangerous trend when considering the needs of our planet.
The photo captured a cartoonish row of plastic “trees” lined along the median of a four-lane highway.
“Ah yes, trees,” the caption declared with seeming disdain.
“This gives me The Lorax vibes,” another Redditor commented.
The fake trees in the photo are disturbingly ominous, conjuring dystopian images of a world made of plastic.
Trees are vital to life on Earth. Symbolic of strength, growth, and interconnectivity, these majestic plants are some of the oldest living organisms on our planet.
National Geographic reported that the livelihoods of more than 1.5 billion people rely on trees — roughly 20% of the global population.
They also provide shelter for humans and wildlife, along with other resources such as wood, paper, and food.
Native plants can adapt to local temperatures and soil, with some plants thriving in high temperatures and requiring very little water. They need less water, fertilizer, and pesticides to begin with.
The world needs real, native plants.
“The design leaves much to be desired,” another Redditor wrote. “Something Dr. Seuss dreamed up.”
“Urban blight,” another said.
“The conifer of sadness,” a third user mused with devastating accuracy.
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