Green Books Campaign: How To Plant A Tree

This review is part of the Green Books Campaign. Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

How To Plant a Tree: A Simple Celbration of Trees and Tree Planting Ceremonies

by Daniel Butler

It is such a treat for me to tell you about a book that I consider a double-whammy. Not only is this book published on recycled paper but it’s about a subject I consider important- the planting of trees.

Trees are and have always been important to the people who live on this planet. Think about it.

Long before our ancestors began to roam the African plains, let alone venture into a chilly Europe or across the icy Bering Straits into North America, Homo sapiens were almost totally reliant on trees for almost all aspects of life. By day, the forests supplied food in the form of fruit, nuts, leaves, insects, honey, birds, and small animals. At night, the branches offered a refuge from predators.

During the last century, as our world became more urban, we cut down, burned, and abandoned many of the world’s trees. The loss of that vegetation has hurt our planet. Now it’s our responsibility of all of us to bring them back. Fortunately, there are many people around the world who have a passion to do just that.

As you can see in this lovely book, there are meaningful and symbolic ways to join in this cause. All it takes is the planting of trees to commemorate a life’s milestones. Here are some examples:

  • The birth of a baby
  • Coming of age of a child
  • Marriage
  • Graduation
  • New home
  • Special anniversaries and birthdays
  • Retirement
  • In memorium

The planting and protection of trees is something my husband has always cared about so our family has planted numerous trees over the years to celebrate various occasions. It’s been fun watching the growth of the trees and the humans connected to them.

I especially like trees planted in memory of a loved one. My youngest daughter planted two lilac bushes, both now small trees, when she bought her first house. It was in memory of her grandparents, whose inheritance helped her purchase that house. My nephew and his wife got permission to plant a tree in a park in their community in memory of their baby who died young. The family still has picnics by that tree.

Planting ceremonial trees is actually an ancient ritual but one that is gaining in popularity. I hope you’ll consider this action the next time you have an occasion you want to commemorate. How To Plant a Tree will help you choose meaningful varieties of trees, how to start a tree from seed or seedling, as well as discuss tree planting ceremonies.

Planting more trees is important. Also important is keeping the trees we have. Books printed on recycled paper helps the cause. It’s all a double-win for the planet.

The Green Books Campaign was organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on “green” books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

How to Plant a Tree: A Simple Celebration of Trees and Tree-Planting Ceremoniesis available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

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9 Responses to Green Books Campaign: How To Plant A Tree

  1. Rural View says:

    One of the prettiest trees on our property is a weeping willow we planted in a spot that was always too wet. It was on our anniversary the first spring we lived here. That tree has helped rid the yard of standing water in that area, and is now tall and beautiful waving in the wind.

  2. Janelle says:

    We planted a tree for each of our children when they were born. I think it is a wonderful tradition.

  3. kaye says:

    I’ve seen a few of these posts today . . . I wonder if a book on my kindle would count as green, there’s no paper involved.

  4. I love ceremonial trees! I think it is just the nicest idea!

  5. We used to buy a real tree at Christmas and then plant it. We ran out of room on our property, so we don’t do this any more. I think I will do it again this year and find a place to plant it!

    Here’s my Green post: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/11/green-books-campaign-stuff-reduce-reuse.html

    I’d love to have you stop by and see what you think.

  6. Staci says:

    This was a beautiful post. I don’t think there’s anything more powerful to celebrate a new life or the passing of one than planting a tree in that person’s honor. I love trees! 😀

  7. Serena says:

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is to have a tree planted for my loved ones instead of giving them christmas presents.

  8. mbc says:

    It’s also nice to bury something along with the tree – a note sealed in a jar or a small momento…

  9. bermudaonion says:

    What a wonderful book! I can remember going shopping one year as a child on Washington’s birthday and winning a cherry tree. My family made a big deal out of planting it in our front yard. I watched that tree and watched that tree and was sad to leave it when we moved.

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