Saving The Environment One Tree At A Time (Part 2)

Children Should Plant Trees

Planting trees is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to positively affect the environment. I know this is certainly how I felt after my tree planting experience. So, why are children not being provided with the opportunity to give back to the environment?

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One tree per child is an initiative that provides children with the opportunity to plant a tree as part of a primary school activity. When a child plants a tree, as well as helping the environment and wildlife it can also have a really positive impact on the child and their community!

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As I observed in the forest, planting trees provided an opportunity for a community of different people of different ages, cultures and genders to come together to play an important role in caring for the environment.

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It seems obvious to me that allowing children to plant a tree provides them with a wealth of opportunities that can only benefit them. It allows children to ‘put something back’ into the environment, empowering them to see that they can make a personal difference.

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When I planted my tree, I felt a sense of belonging, like I was putting roots down in my community and I strongly believe this is how children will feel. The child will also be able to grow with their tree, connecting through increased environmental awareness and care.

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The trees being planted will also provide future generations of people the joy of human retreat, whether that be building a den to play in or providing creative and spiritual inspiration. I think many would agree with me when I say that contact with nature can massively improve mental health!

Through my time in the forest when planting trees I saw that there were many opportunities to learn new skills in different areas:

  • Responsibility
  • Self-confidence
  • Love of nature
  • Reasoning and discovery
  • Physical activity
  • Discipline

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However, I feel that the most important message to come out of the blog post though is that, making children aware of the ecological benefits of planting trees will give them extra pride in their own planting. Giving them a good grounding on how to protect and preserve the environment through caring for existing trees and planting new ones!

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References

A Healthier Michigan (2012). 8 Reasons Why You Should Plant a Tree For Earth Day – A Healthier Michigan. [online] Ahealthiermichigan.org. Available at: https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2012/04/19/8-reasons-why-you-should-plant-a-tree-for-earth-day/ [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Bradford, K. (2017). Planting a Tree. [online] Ecofriendlykids.co.uk. Available at: http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/plantingtree.html [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Canopy (2017). Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! – Canopy. [online] Canopy. Available at: http://canopy.org/our-work/tree-planting/healthy-trees-healthy-kids/ [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Gifford, D. (2016). Why We Should Plant More Trees | Small Footprint Family. [online] Small Footprint Family. Available at: https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-we-should-plant-more-trees [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

One Tree Per Child (2015). One Tree Per Child – One Tree Per Child. [online] One Tree Per Child. Available at: http://www.onetreeperchild.com/ [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Pattnaik, R. (2016). 6 Benefits Of Planting Trees. [online] Blog.appystore.in. Available at: http://blog.appystore.in/socioemotional/6-benefits-of-planting-trees/ [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].

Tree People (2016). Top 22 Benefits of Trees. [online] TreePeople. Available at: https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits [Accessed 2 Apr. 2017].