Beautiful sign from a  young person who knows the value of trees.   Photo by Selma Tracey Sergent with thanks.

Beautiful sign from a young person who knows the value of trees. Photo by Selma Tracey Sergent used with thanks.

Australian singer Olivia Newton-John has launched the ‘One Tree Per Child’ initiative in Bristol England to increase their urban forest. See – http://bit.ly/17pJuRA

The ‘One Tree Per Child’ global campaign was launched in early 2013 by Jon Dee of ‘Planet Ark’ & ‘Do Something’ with Olivia Newton-John. The campaign’s aim is for every child in the world under ten to plant at least one tree as part of a school project.

Bristol is the first city to take on the challenge of ‘One Tree Per Child’ with 36,000 primary school students taking part.  Not only do the children get to plant a tree, but they also receive education from experts about the environment.

Bristol City Council is covering the cost of the trees & tools. The school grounds will be planted first & the Council will find other sites for the remaining trees to be planted.

“Planting trees and shrubs is a great way for school children to connect to the environment & their local community. As a child’s tree grows, their commitment to the environment & their local community grows as well.” ~ Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol City Council.  I think he is right.

I think this is a terrific initiative & the positive impact on the children taking part is likely to last a lifetime.

It is my belief that if you want environmentally responsible adults, you need to teach them the value of the environment while they are children.

This project is more than listening to words in a classroom. Being able to get their hands dirty while planting a tree actively connects the children to the environment & opens their eyes to the beauty & benefits of nature. It also instills a sense of pride & ownership. Being able to see that they have improved the visual outlook of the community, as well as provided food & habitat for wildlife would have an immense positive impact.

Children are busting to have the opportunity to plant trees.  This is very evident every year when hundreds of children participate in planting trees on National Tree Day in Sydney Park.

I think it would be great for Marrickville Council to take part in the ‘One Tree Per Child’ initiative.  Even if not all primary school students could take part due to lack of necessary funds, at least Year 6 of every school every year could. This is achievable & would help get our tree canopy above the woeful 16.3% that it is now.

If kids actually had the opportunity to plant trees, this kind of disrespect towards trees may become a thing of the past.

If kids actually had the opportunity to plant trees & watch them grow, this kind of disrespect towards trees may become a thing of the past.  

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