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With This Tree, I Thee Wed August 4, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Nature, People, Sustainable Living.

In Indonesia, newlyweds in the Garut district of West Java must donate 10 trees to the forestry department to finalize their nuptials.

What a great idea! 

Couples wishing to start a new life together must first add new life to the landscape around them.

“Home to some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forest, Indonesia has the world’s highest deforestation rate ~ losing two percent of its remaining forest annually ~ primarily because of agriculture, fires, and illegal logging.” 

To stem the tide of falling trees, officials instituted the program in 2009 to re-vegetate the landscape. 

Getting married requires couples to donate 10 trees.   Getting divorced is “cheaper” as it only requires providing a single tree to reforestation efforts.

Source:  Susan Cosier, Beats Candlesticks, Audubon, May-June 2010

If you’re interested in adopting a similar gift-giving custom, check out Plant-A-Tree Ornaments sold by National Wildlife Federation.  

Plant-A-Tree Ornaments are the perfect gift for someone who has “everything” . . . including a desire for a more sustainable future.

In addition to ornaments, NWF sells Plant-A-Tree jewelry, key chains, bookmarks, and greeting cards.

To learn more about Global Warming, visit Audubon: Global Warming.


1. Loreen Lee - August 4, 2010

The ruling banning gay marriage in California has just been overturned: straight from New York Times. As of this moment, if we adopted similar practice, there would be more trees planted in America…….Good idea, I think…..

2. nrhatch - August 4, 2010

Me too!

And thanks for the update from the NY Times. That is apt to make some people very happy . . . and others very angry.

3. Agatha82 - August 4, 2010

I can just imagine the fights in divorce court “that tree over there is MINE!” 🙂
But seriously…a very good idea.

nrhatch - August 4, 2010

Funny, Alannah!
Like the seagulls in Finding Nemo: Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

Wish our government would be a bit more proactive on behalf of the planet . . . instead of listening to Big Polluters.

Agatha82 - August 5, 2010

I loved those seagulls! (great movie that one)
Yes, I agree, we try over here though we’re also not that great at being proactive on behalf of mother earth.

nrhatch - August 5, 2010

Things are changing.
Life is stirred with a slow spoon.

But at times it’s hard to be patient.

While we wait, we can be the change we wish to see in the world.

4. pillowchats - August 4, 2010

That’s a very interesting idea!

nrhatch - August 4, 2010

Isn’t it? Great way to re-populate the forest, while we keep re-populating the planet.

5. Loreen Lee - August 4, 2010

Actually I took Voltaire seriously when I read him decades ago, and he urged ‘the necessity’ that every man should plant a tree some time in his lifetime. So I did plant two fruit trees, one for each of the siblings – but the trees had to be cut down some years ago, so when I get to it I’ll have to replant. Maybe next time round, I’ll just plant one for myself. After all the kids have grown, and are planting their own (metaphorical) trees!

nrhatch - August 4, 2010

Excellent point, Loreen. : )

6. cindy - August 5, 2010

I think that is a fabulous idea!

nrhatch - August 5, 2010

There’s a sense of humor to the idea, a lightheartedness, a wink that really appeals to me.

Here’s hoping more governments will move in proactive directions . . . especially ours here in the US.

7. Tammy McLeod - August 5, 2010

I love this idea. I think this is a new form of premarital counseling – you have to do something together that benefits the world.

nrhatch - August 5, 2010

Excellent point.

Sometimes people don’t realize that if they “do good” they “feel good” afterwards. When you expose them to the feeling, it can become addictive.

It happened with the volunteers in the DV program I ran, and with many of the AmeriCorps members ~ the more they did to help others, the more they wanted to do.

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