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In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, 108,000 trees have been planted in honor of the birth of a new prince, son of King Khesar and Queen Pema. In this Buddhist nation, trees symbolize longevity, beauty, health, and compassion and by planting trees, they’re hoping to create a better world for the future.

And it’s no secret that our world would be a better place if we had more trees. After all, our climate depends on the trees to be the Earth’s lungs. With major causes such as high demand for palm oil and animal agriculture driving deforestation, it is estimated that 36 football fields of forests are destroyed every minute.That means we’re losing about 135 species of animals, plants, and insects a day. According to National Geographic, if we continue at our  current rate of deforestation, the world’s rainforests could diminish and virtually vanish within the next 100 years.

Luckily, countries like Bhutan are taking action and setting an example for countries around the world.

108,000 Trees Planted in Bhutan to Honor the Birth of a Prince

Last year, Bhutan broke a world record by planting over 49,000 trees in one hour! Additionally, their constitution mandates that 60 percent of the country’s land must be covered in trees.

108,000 Trees Planted in Bhutan to Honor the Birth of a Prince

Bhutan is also home to a “Happiness Garden,” which invites visitors to plant trees representing their home countries. “Bhutan is known as a country of happiness. To have a happiness garden is therefore logical. With this garden, we hope to bring the peoples of the world closer,” said Damchoe Rinzin, a spokesperson for the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

108,000 Trees Planted in Bhutan to Honor the Birth of a Prince

Imagine what would happen if each of us planted a tree every time a child was born? We might not all be royalty, but we can certainly do our part to make sure that we leave our Earth a better place for future generations.

All image source: India Times



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15 comments on “108,000 Trees Planted in Bhutan to Create a Better World in Celebration of Newborn Prince”

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Ted Davies
4 Months Ago

Thx Christine Davies good article


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Christine Davies
16 Mar 2016

I thought u would enjoy

Christine Davies
4 Months Ago

Ted Davies


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Jessica Matthew
4 Months Ago

Kevin Hull ????


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Kevin Hull
16 Mar 2016

sup

Brenda Martin
4 Months Ago

Fruit nut trees as well I hope. Pear plum apple peach walnut hazel nut and but a few.


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Mary-louise Hurford
4 Months Ago

Oh no we couldn't do this in Australia you would be branded a "greenie tree hugger and fined


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Eva Makkreel
4 Months Ago

NICE MAYBE IN HONER OF DONALD TRUMP


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Malu Mayet
4 Months Ago

Thank you


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Abhishek Mazumder
4 Months Ago

Bhutan is the most peaceful and happiest country in South Asia and one of the happiest globally. No wonder it measures Gross Happiness Index


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Betty Jager
4 Months Ago

pity aust did not think like that.


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Yani Hernandez
4 Months Ago

Excellent


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