Biology and Art - June 2023

This month's contribution comes from a 2nd year Laotian master's student Bounsanong (Nong) Chouangthavy interested in watching insects and exploring nature.

[29 June UNESCO – International Day of Tropics]

Tropical forests are home to thousands of species and rich biodiversity. It is important to remember that many species in tropical forests, particularly those of fungi, insects, or plants, are yet to be identified. These forests are also essential habitats and food supply for humans and animals. Tropics contribute significantly to the global water cycle, mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, and support local economies. Furthermore, tropical forests are home to spectacular waterfalls that make these places beautiful and allow humans to escape the hot weather.

The rules are simple: 5-7-5 syllables, there is no seasonal reference word (a kigo), but your poem must relate to either biology or the topic of the month, and you are writing in English.
Therefore, Nong’s haiku for this month is:

Tropical forests,
friendly environment grants
better life for all.


WORDS to learn this month are: biodiversity - 生物多様性, particular - 特定, essential - 必須, habitat - 生息地, supply (不可算名詞) - を供給する, significant - 重要な, to contribute - に貢献する, to mitigate - 軽減させる, furthermore - さらに, spectacular - 華々しい