“The falling leaves drift by the window, the autumn leaves of red and gold …”
It was 1947 when Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to the famous song “Autumn Leaves.” Sixty-five years ago, Mercer likely didn’t think the reds and golds of fall might someday fade.
But that is what’s beginning to happen around the world. Autumn colors were different a century, or even a half-century ago, and they will likely continue to change.
Today the current, rapid changes linked with climate are unpredictable, threatening both the forests and our deep appreciation of them.”
The changes are mostly a result of human activity: Land-use change, introduced pests, and diseases that affect forests, and climate change from fossil fuel emissions.
What will become of the Autumn colours across the landscape.
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
– Henry David Thoreau
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