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Fw: Tree removal for playground

From: domainremoved <steve>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:39:01 +0000


     On Sunday, July 5, 2015 4:37 PM, steve lipman <lipper_1_at_(domainremoved)

 Hi Ahmad,
Just catching up on emails and read about the planed removal of a centuries old Oak tree for the new Upper Laurel Campus adjacent to a playground.That is a truly irreversible decision - at least in our lifetimes. I read that it was an agonizing decision and I am sure it was, but that we must prioritize safety, etc, etc - it's always the same verbiage when we know we are making a mistake. 
Children take great comfort in the outdoor environment - in hearing the wind through the trees, in seeing the green, and in feeling the cool air generated under the canopy - these things resonate for them powerfully.Yet our species has destroyed or altered nearly every environment on the planet, causing widespread deforestation impacting entire eco-systems, and ultimately storm cycles, global warming, and even the water cycle...and we now find ourselves in the midst of an epic drought. 
Perhaps this tree could be a wonderful lesson for our children were it spared: that it is up to their generation to save the planet from the short-sightedness and folly of we adults. 
Having put men on the moon, seen the dawn of the Internet, and now an incredible amount of innovative thinking/companies/products generated right here in the Silicon Valley, I'd be curious to see what other options there might be. 

Can we revisit and think creatively in order to create a win-win?
Sincerely,s Steven Seth Lipman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor 
Anesthesiology, Pain & Perioperative Medicine 
Stanford University School of Medicine
Division of Obstetric Anesthesia
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Pager: (415) 607 2449 | Email: steve.lipman_at_(domainremoved)

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Received on Sun Jul 05 2015 - 16:36:34 PDT

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