Never Surrender!! Shoot For The Sky!
©2009 by João Paglione - all rights reserved
Bamboo can surge skyward as fast as 1.2 meters in a 24 hour period!
Went through some tough times in the past few months, but I still look up towards the sky and hope for a better tomorrow! That´s why this photo is so special to me.
I was lucky to be involved in the bamboo movement in Brazil, travel to China to represent our nation, and see the potential in this non-wood renewable resources in creating jobs, social change, and helping the environment.
A sixty foot tree cut for market takes 60 years to replace. A sixty foot bamboo cut for market takes 59 days to replace.
Over one billion people in the world live in bamboo houses.
The world trade in bamboo and rattan is currently estimated at 14 billion US dollars every year.
The majority of bamboo and rattan harvested for market is harvested by women and children, most of whom live at or below subsistence levels in developing countries.
Bamboo, which has been around for over 200 million years, is the fastest growing plant on earth. It is used to make thousands of useful things, including housing, furniture, musical instruments, art utensils, paper, and food. Bamboo is a real symbol of flexibility.
Strong as steel, nuclear tough, and striking beauty in both its natural and finished state, these qualities have given bamboo a longer and more varied role in human cultural evolution than any other plant on earth.
Some species are suitable for soil stabilization, wind break, urban wastewater treatment and reduction of nitrates contamination
The needle in Alexander Graham Bell's first phonograph was made of bamboo.
In 1882, Thomas Edison used bamboo as filaments in the world's first light bulb manufacturing.
Some bamboo can grow 18 inches per day and reaches a height of 100 feet.
A bamboo stand generates more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
A suspension bridge on the river in China is 250 yard long, 9 foot wide and rests entirely on bamboo cables fastened over the water. It doesn't have a single nail or piece of iron in it.
A typical bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 per square inch vs. 23,000 for steel. That makes it one of the strongest materials in the world when it comes to tension structure.
Used in ladders, scaffolding or fencing, bamboo is twice as stable as oak, and harder than walnut and teak.
Source: "The Book of Bamboo" by David Farrelly
Visit my friend Raphael Vanscollos website for a great virtual overview of all the possibilities bamboo can offer us: