Saturday, April 18, 2009

Buy a Shirt, Plant a Tree

Zazzle has a promotion going on right now until Arbor Day which says it will plant one tree for every t-shirt bought from its website until April 24. In order to make your order count towards one tree, you must enter the promotion code PLANTATREE09 at checkout. For more details, go to AmericanForests. You don't necessarily have to choose a t-shirt related to trees or Earth Day. The t-shirt can be anything you see featured on Zazzle's site.

This Shirt Plants Trees Organic shirt
This Shirt Plants Trees Organic by AmericanForests
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Trees (from Wikipedia)
Trees are vital for producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures. They are also important elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples)

In a nutshell, I think Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn said it best with the song in the following music video:

Bruce Cockburn- If a Tree Falls

In 1987, a 30 minute animated short was created, called, The Man Who Planted Trees. It was based on the 1953 tale, L'Homme qui plantait des arbres by the French author, Jean Giono. I had the pleasure of seeing it not long after it was released. It is a beautifully animated account of a shepherd who dedicated nearly half of his life to single-handedly planting trees, one by one, to re-forest a desolate valley.

The film has a calm and soothing voice of the narrator recounting his tale of meeting the shepherd while on a hiking trip. The story spans several decades and is an inspiring tale of one man's selfless dedication.

Distributed in an English and French version by Radio-Canada, it won the Academy Award for best animated short film. In 1994, it was voted as one of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time (#44). It is also at the top of IMDB's list of short films.

If you have never been fortunate enough to have viewed this awesome film, now is your chance. Do yourself a huge service and set aside 30 minutes of your time to view this masterpiece. I assure you, you will not regret it. Here is the English version in its entirety. Enjoy.

The man who planted trees

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