The village of Piplantri in Rajasthan in North India is celebrating the birth of girls in a beautiful way: they plant 111 trees! As many people know, India is struggling through a difficult period of high violence against women and still has a sense that boy babies are preferable.
The planting of trees is both symbolic as representing long life as well as important for the planet given trees are our plant’s lungs. They consume CO2 and release oxygen into the air.
Both women and trees are life giving. So it is fitting that 111 new trees come to life in this village with the arrival of each new baby girl!
What an incredible story from an incredible village in North India! Please share this with others!
-Alok Appadurai is an environmentalist, proud father, feminist, founder of Good Elephant and vegetarian.