The Earth, Our Babies, and Their Trees
Baby Tree Program
Nature is a beautiful idea. It is vast, strange, sometimes unpredictable, but it is also a beautiful thing to behold. It is the resource that ensures that the earth is an inhabitable place for human beings. For the early man, it supplied shelter so that he was not exposed to the elements.
Across the centuries too, it continued to reveal previously unknown caches of resources that today still maintain populations and make nations prosperous. However, because these populations continue to grow and increase in need, they turn again to the earth to take more and more of what it has to offer. Sometimes it is animals, other times it is oil, but in our Shire, it is trees.
Australia is popular for being the driest nation on earth and also contains some of the world’s most nutritionally depressed soils in the world. This fact is not a mere chance; it is partly due to the declining depletion of vital soil resources, among which are trees. The lack of this overarching shelter leaves the soil exposed to climate change and causes a faster reduction in its ability to regenerate and sustain production. We have, therefore found a way to encourage environmental sustainability through the Baby Tree Program.
The Baby Tree Program celebrates the coming of new life as an event to be marked in the earth. In our Shire, we make the birthday of children a communal affair that extends beyond families. We celebrate the new babies by planting a tree to commemorate their birth. This gets done every year. The names if these babies are written in a plaque and attached to the growth of one tree.
People can come around from far places to recognise trees that were used to symbolise particular children. This ritual is only open to members of the Shire alone. It is also completely based in the parents’ choice as they can choose to or to not have their child’s name attached to the tree. The tree is a Boab tree. Also, the names do not just get written; the details particular to each child are also included on that list and is accessible to all members of the public.
One major benefit if this that we can connect our children more to the sanctity of the environment. As they develop, they see they fit themselves how sacred the earth is and why they must protect it. It also helps them to form an easy attachment with the community. Their sense of commonality is grown, and they advance interests that propel our growth.
Furthermore, planting trees in this way is something that connects to a lot of people. It is a fundamental part of our drive to promote sustainability and keep people are of if its huge potentials. A connection with the land directly implies a desire to preserve, and as such, more people are willing to forgo short term gains in the interest of future benefits.
The cultivation of trees as a ritual helps to increase the spread of forest cover on a gradual basis. It is easy, interactive, and fun to do. The trees get planted in the reserved areas for forest products. Our babies already start to improve us from the year that they are born. This is a recipe for a progressive citizenry.