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In 1981, at the United Nations in New York, I was a co-founder with Richard St. Barbe Baker and Rene Dubos of the Children of the Green Earth Society.

The purpose of this initiative was to help to broaden the public awareness of the threat of deforestation to the green planet.

Our trees are our friends because they give us oxygen, so the lateral thinking (bvs) we came up with was this: what if every human child could plant a friend or pet tree?

I still have my gift of the wooden tile we were presented with at the UN meeting as a memento of the occasion. Front with the proposed logo and back with the proposed name: Children of the Green Earth.

If you’d like to be considered for membership in the Children of the Green Earth Society, have a think and then post your comments on the questions below:

  1. What is the name of your tree friend? What do you call your pet tree?
  2. Where is your tree? What district or town is it in?
  3. When did you last hug your pet tree? Or, visit your tree? Or, tend to your tree friend?

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Every 21 March is the International Day of Forests.

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