This post was written by our friend Alana Lea, forest activist
The end of the Mayan Calendar is upon us, no matter where we live on this planet. What to do?
Real life Loraxes plant trees. They know it’s the end of an age of destruction of natural resources and human values. They know the dawning age of Aquarius will be needing some fresh air and water that only trees can provide.
So without mucking around any longer, Lorax people plant trees.
Last time I wrote, I told you about a man who’d planted 2,000 trees by himself and wanted to have a nursery to plant thousands more. Shortly after writing the story, I was invited to visit the Vale do Santo Antonio in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, where there is a sustainability center called SINAL. There, I was asked to partner with them on the reforestation of the degraded patches of land on the property, and the adjoining neighbors properties – about 250 acres in total.
The first person I thought of to help with this was Michel, the hero of my last post. He is excited to have a tree nursery on the land there. He lives only about 30 minutes away, and he’s welcome to live on site when he’s working the land.
So I set a new goal to raise funds to start the nursery and pay him to do some training, then manage it. He loved the idea, but my success at fundraising will be the key to how soon we can start since we have to pay for building materials and some travel expenses.
Fortunately, my experience working with the growers in Sao Paulo state, about 6 hours away, will feed this process well. I hope to create an exchange of information between the nurserymen of Guaratingueta and the wannabe nurseryman of Petropolis!
So I asked some of my musician friends here in the US if they’d be willing to help. They generously jumped at the chance to give a song to people who donate funds to start Dawning of a New Age Nursery.
We hope you’ll come and have a look at their offerings, and we’ll even send a song to you just for visiting our new site: www.The-Music-Tree.com.
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