For 1500 years the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has protected the forests that surround their places of worship. These sacred groves have become the last remaining forests in the region, yet sadly they are disappearing rapidly. Having gained unprecedented access to the unique culture of the church forests, this film reveals a mystical world where priests and scientists struggle to come together, despite vastly different beliefs, in collaboration to maintain the last vestiges of an ancient and crucial ecosystem. Church Forest is currently seeking funds to complete post-production. Please spread the word and and help us bring the message of our film to the world. - Peter and Greg
"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky
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It will be interesting to see what can be done with these last vestiges of forests that once clothed the landscape. My fellow Canopy Construction Associates colleagues Meg Lowman and Phil Wittman were involved in making this video. Phil who will be staying at my house from the 16th to the 28th while we do annual inspections and maintenance of our canopy walkways in Massachusetts and NY, was the second climber shown in the film.