Living Bridges, or Living Root Bridges, can be found in the wettest place on earth: Meghalaya, India.
As Neelima Vallangi writes, these living tree roots have been tended to for years by Khasi villags, to be woven and shaped into tree roots that can hold a human being sturdily.
These living structures are symbolic of many things: of natural wisdom that sees steady growth as having immense resilience and sustainability. The Living Bridges remain steadfast during heavy monsoons and flooding, where gentle streams become powerful torrents. Even though “a bridge made from trees… can take 15 to 20 years”, the “strong web of tangled root bridges” survive for centuries. They only grow stronger with time, never requiring major maintenance or rebuilding; the strongest root bridges are more than 100 years old.
We draw our inspiration from these Living Bridges as we come together to imagine ad build a resilient, thriving, and healthy future on this planet.