The Living Bridge of Meghalaya | An example of Sustainable Living Architecture

There is a place in India that is called Meghalaya. It is one of the wettest place on Earth, buffered by Monsoon clouds. Once 25 metres of rain fell in one year. The world record! Nearly all the rain fall during the summer monsoon. Rivers become strong and big, wild and unpredictable; and almost impossible to cross.

What is the natives solution to the crossing problem? Living bridges. People started building them centuries ago. Some are 500 years old.There is today a network of dozens of living bidges that connect the valleys of Meghalaya.

It is an epic project that no man could complete in his lifetime. This is why fathers teach to their children how to care for the bridges and to curve the roots so that they will reach the other side of the river and take hold there. Such structure would resist any monsoons rain.

“Your children will use them. And also the children of their children. “

Isn’t this one of the most beautiful and poetic example of sustainability? A sustainable living architecture  Creating something that will last for the future generations, and that will make their life easier. So much different with our idea of the environment, where we impose our presence and we try to get the most of nature for ourselves, without caring for anyone else. Not the living human beings. Not the living plants and animal. Not, of course, the future generations of people and other natural existences.

Thanks to my Tweeps for letting me discover this amazing expression of human love!



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