We all know that the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.
But the next best time is now, and we need trees planted now more than ever.
Mass tree-planting is back-breaking work. And there are only so many trees you can plant on a balcony before you start getting complaints.
But what if it was as easy as listening to a song? Or perhaps even a 30-second ad?
Well, that is how easy it is because some clever bloke decided to make a 30-second track and use the money it earns from streaming to plant trees.
We should all be planting at least six trees a month to offset our carbon. So, add the song that plants trees to your playlists and play it for a few minutes every day. That’s all it takes.
You can even use this method to make a small amount of money for yourself. But better still, if you could make a “song that does something,” what would it do?
A song that cleans up litter? A song that saves the bees?
Now that anyone can write a song for change, what will yours be?
It’s strange that’s it’s already been a year since my babies were just small black dots with tiny green mohawks.
They’re about four inches tall now.
I should explain. At the beginning of the pandemic, I planted six Japanese Black Pine trees to bonsai. Growing a bonsai tree from seed is called ‘misho.’
It will be at least five years before they’re big enough to be called a tree, but I figured there was a chance lockdown would be over by then.
Somebody gave the seeds to me and I had no idea when or how to plant them. Google said the three best times to plant a tree were:
- 20 years ago
If we want to sit under the shade of a beautiful tree, we probably should have planted it a few decades ago. Seeing as we didn’t, the next best time is right now; late is better than never!
Even if we don’t get to sit in that shade very long before, it’ll make a beautiful shelter for generations to come.
Trees have a sturdy grace that makes good company.
And they can probably teach us a thing or two about living on this planet, after 400 million years of it.
They don’t worry about how fast they’re growing or what their neighbours are up to. When the sun is shining, they lean into it; when it thunders, they cling on tight, dancing with nature’s punches. And they rarely cause a fuss.
Social life as a tree isn’t as boring as you might think either — they’ve got their own internet of fungi they use to trade with each other.
They’ve probably survived this long because they look out for each other, give back a little more than they take, and leave the world a bit better than it was the day before.
That’s probably why they make such good company too.
Thanks for everything, trees. Life wouldn’t be the same without you.