Are you aware that more than 57 million square miles of land are used for housing globally? Did you know that more than 150 million people are homeless worldwide? Scientists and experts around the globe agree that living in treehouses may provide an economical and eco forward solution to these problems.
Global superstar and Habitat for Humanity advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger has swapped out his mansion for an arboreal abode. He states that living in the leaves has “made me more connected to nature”, and credits his new living situation with a positive change to his mental and physical health. The style of living has started to trend amongst millennials, due to the lack of mortgages and a hip, cool and trendy feeling towards alternative living.
Construction professionals are praising the new form of living, due to the easy and fast construction times, and their safe and ergonomic designs. Many in the construction industry are encouraging families to invest in the homes, as they are child safe and easy to expand upon later. On a larger scale, governments and environmental advocates are seeing vast benefits, including more housing availability due to their smaller size and virtually no ground space, while still maintaining privacy and security.
With all these benefits surrounding this new form of living, the only question left is will you do your part to help solve homelessness and create a smaller environmental footprint by moving into your own cedar chalet?
A piece of persuasive writing by Liam Murray
The crisp fall leaves crunched under Sam’s feet as he scoured the forest. As he searched, he puzzled over how he had lost his wallet while he was stargazing last night. He remembered the dazzling stars and swirling galaxies, and how clear the sky had been, there wasn’t a cloud in sight all night. Sam had made it an annual tradition to spend a week in his favourite campsite each fall, to get away from the city’s lights, sounds and pollution. He was in quite a rush, as he had to leave his campsite by 10am, so he could make it back to the city before nightfall. He dejectedly returned back to the campsite to finish packing. As he loaded the last bag into his truck, he looked back at the picnic table, laying on top was his brown worn-leather wallet. Sam cursed under his breath about how he had already looked there, and how it must have moved. Relieved but annoyed, Sam got behind the wheel, turned the ignition and peeled out of the campsite, determined to keep his wallet with him next time, until he lost it at a Tim Horton’s on the way home.
Written by Liam Murray for English 9