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My Garden ~ UNEP campaign to plant for a billion trees for the planet in 2008


“Plant trees, lots of trees “
An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore

Willen Van Cotthem writes in his Desertification blog how more than billion trees were planted in 2007 as part of the UN Environmental Programme Plant for the Planet: One Billion Trees Campaign. This year, UNEP seeks for more people and organisations everywhere to pledge to plant another billion trees.

Let’s do it.

In 2007, I fulfilled my online pledge as part of this campaign to plant trees.  I personally aim to build more carbon credit-worthiness. I’m conscious of the compelling connections between the health of the planet and the health of the people.

“The symbolism – and the substantive significance – of planting a tree has universal power in every culture and every society on Earth, and it is a way for individual men, women and children to participate in creating solutions for the environmental crisis.  Al Gore, Earth in the Balance

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

5 thoughts on “My Garden ~ UNEP campaign to plant for a billion trees for the planet in 2008

  1. Amen! I just passed this on to my parents who first taught me the importance of planting trees. As kids we gave spare change to a program that planted trees in Israel. We helped re-forest parts of Israel.

    While they live in a condo today and do not have land they can plant, maybe they can contribute to other that can plant on their behalf.

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  3. That’s wonderful, in21. I have a vague recollection from years ago of reading about tree planting programmes in Israel. People talking and working together can achieve wonderful results. Cheers, Jenny.

  4. Thanks for sharing these valued gardening thoughts. I’m bookmarking this for future reference, as the points resonated strongly with me. Keep feeding the creativity.
    I am currently travelling so, for this reason, I’ve nothing better to do than surf the web for gardening info, lie around and update my blog. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  5. Good to hear from you, Doug. Do you get to visit gardens in your travels? Cheers, Jenny.

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