What happens when you email nature


When City of Melbourne launched the Urban Forest Visual strategy to gather data on the city’s 77,000 trees, something happened they didn’t plan for. In an attempt to engage the community in the data collection process, they added an email function so residents could notify the council if a tree needed help. Instead, the council received an outpouring of love letters, drawings and tributes to the urban environment.

So they decided to write back…

This is the first half of a two-part episode viewing nature through the digital lens. How is technology changing our understanding of the world around us?

Presenter: Cheyne Anderson

Producer: Miles P Herbert


Councillor Cathy Oke, City of Melbourne

Jeremy Walker, Lecturer in Environment, Culture and Society at the University of Technology Sydney


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