Lab Journal

What are you guys doing?

July 12, 2010 by Nelida

For the past couple of weeks, the Shadelab team has been walking down the streets carrying large thermometers, wearing protective goggles, and sporting some over-sized lab coats. It’s no doubt residents noticed.

We’ve received countless comments over our appearance in the neighborhood. They range from questions like “What are you doing?” to “Can you take my temperature?” It’s quite certain that residents are curious about what is going on in their neighborhood.

However, their comments and opinions vary. After seeing us measuring the diameter of the tree in front of her house, one resident requested that we cut it down. She said “Every time it rains hard, the branches fall off and hit my roof. I don’t want to have to pay for all the damages it causes.” Still, other residents seem to enjoy the presence of trees. “Everyone hangs out where there’s shade, and trees are good for the community because they provide shade,” said another resident. After telling him that some residents were complaining about trees, he responded, “What? Really? Who have you been talking to? Everyone loves trees.” It’s obvious that not everyone is on the same page about trees in the neighborhood. After hearing the varying views of the neighborhood residents, one thing we wonder is how we can change the negative perception of trees into a positive one?

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