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

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

Written 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.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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7:51AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Excellent article, thank you!

12:40AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Just donated my 7th set of 111 trees through Care2 for the women in my life, this one for my late fiancee. Today would have been her 59th birthday.

4:17AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

lovely

10:38AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

I love this!

2:20AM PDT on May 23, 2013

What a great concept. Congratulations Piplantri village for thinking outside the box!

1:36PM PDT on May 5, 2013

What a wonderful and creative way to celebrate! Wish it could be a custom everywhere in the world!

3:23PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

What a heartwarming story! Kudos to villagers. :)

12:46PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

I love this story!

12:46PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Great story, thanks for sharing.

9:21PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Beautiful! What a wonderful message to the whole community. Celebrate the birth of children, plant for the future, create a financial future for our girls, ensure a loving family who support education for their girls. Ideal.

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