Earth Heal ~ Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl is Born

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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By Stephen Messenger

All too often, it seems that an increase in human population must come at a cost to the environment, like in straining resources and encroachment on once wild habitats. But one quaint village in India has adopted a wonderfully eco-conscious tradition that is actually helping to ensure a greener future with each new generation.

While in some parts of India, many expectant parents still say they’d prefer bearing sons, members of the Piplantri village, in the western state of Rajasthan, are breaking this trend by celebrating the birth of each baby girl in way that benefits everyone. For every female child that’s born, the community gathers to plant 111 fruit trees in her honor in the village common.

This unique tradition was first suggested by the village’s former leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in honor of his daughter who had passed away at a young age.

But planting trees is only one way that the community is ensuring a brighter future for their daughters. According to a report in The Hindu, villagers also pool together around $380 dollars for every new baby girl and deposited in an account for her. The girl’s parents are required to contribute $180, and to make a pledge to be considerate guardians.

“We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly and take care of the trees planted in her name,” says Paliwal.

Over the last six years alone, as population there has increased, villagers in Piplantri have planted nearly a quarter million trees — a welcoming forest for the community’s youngest members, offering a bit of shade for their brighter future.

Source: Tree Hugger

Via The Hindu

4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! fantastic not only honoring the earth but honoring their girls. Beautiful! Utterly beautiful thanks for the post.

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  2. Reblogged this on Small Musings and commented:
    Such a powerful action on the part of this village, not only are they reforesting their lands, they are consciously choosing to be better guardians of their female children. How, I am utterly awed! and heartened…..

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  3. Posted by manyhahama1955 on October 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    That made me cry…so beautiful! Inspiring to say the least. much love, Sophia

    Liked by 1 person

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