Love for Lichen

Love for Lichen

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Liam Harrap started this petition to Michaels

Most people do not even know what a lichen is, thinking it's probably just a plant or flakes of green on a rock or tree. However, the organism is a magical marvel. The species is a combination of algae, fungi and yeast - all living together in harmony. There are approximately 20 000 different lichen species around the world. 

Crafters from across the land use lichen in their art, buying the material from stores like Michaels, sold under the pretense of 'Reindeer moss'. Yet, there is no such thing. Reindeer moss is just lichen died green. The audacity!  

By comparison, mosses are non-vascular plants that absorb water and nutrients mainly through their leaves and harvest carbon dioxide and sunlight to create food by photosynthesis. They do not have roots. Although mosses are cool in their own way, they are completely, utterly different from lichen. Calling a lichen a moss is like calling a moose a watermelon. 

It's time to demand the appreciation of lichen and tell stores to stop mislabeling and lying to their customers. We deserve the truth! 

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