- Chinese proverb
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
2014: This is the 3rd year of the project. There are many people supporting it, featuring it in their journal and offering art. BUT... There have been NO trees planted for it in the last year (I don't count mine). So, instead of talking about it, how about getting up and actually planting a tree, if you are able to? There is a lot of wonderful art waiting for you as a reward!
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and salts out of the earth and lift them up to the leaves, sometimes over 400 ft above. By means of photosynthesis the leaves combine the water and salts with carbon dioxide from the air to produce the nutrients which feed the tree. In this process, as well as wood, trees create many chemicals, seeds and fruit of great utility to man. Trees also remove carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, from the air.*
The project is running under the auspices of the group
How can you join? There are two ways, both important for the project.
1. Plant a tree!
The spring is coming, and that's the best time for planting trees! It is not that hard as it might seem to you. If you don't know how to do it, this tutorial might help you:
Take a photo of yourself planting the tree (or as much of yourself as you are willing to show), and submit it to the special "Art for Trees" folder in TreeLovers' gallery. You don't have to be a member of the group to submit to this folder. You can also link to this journal in the comments, so more people get to know about it. The photo must be new, taken this year.
2. Offer art for trees!
We are looking for artists who donate a free commission for every tree planted. For every planted tree, you will receive one free commision. The artists will be assigned randomly to the "planters". (So don't be dissappointed if you don't get a picture from the person you wanted.) If you want to offer art for trees, please comment on this journal, and state how many free commissions you are willing to donate. You can also state what type of commision you would prefer to do. If there are more "planters" than artists, I will personally take care of the remaining commissions.
When you upload the art created for this project, please link to this journal in the comments. You can also submit it to the "Art for Trees" folder, even if it doesn't feature a tree.
What if you offered art, but the situation changed, and you don't have time to do it anymore? No worries! When your commission is assigned, I will first contact you with the name of the "planter", and ask if you are still interested in offering the commission. If not, another artist will be assigned. You can also note me to temporaly or permanently remove you from the list of artists.
Spread the word!
Everybody who s this journal and spreads the word about it by posting a journal with a link to it, will get a feature in my journal and TreeLovers' blog!
When does the project end?
It does not! Not all people have spring right now, so the project will run all year round, as long as people are willing to plant trees and offer art!
In 2014, you can also get an additional bonus of a feature or even a premium membership for planting trees!
Check this theperian's journal for details:
A Challenge! With Features and Premium MembershipsHello everyone!
To those who celebrate it, a happy Thanksgiving. I was thinking about it last night, and I would like to give thanks to everyone here - all the wonderful artists, fabulous photographers and aspiring creators who have made these past few years great. But I also wanted to give thanks (and a bit of help) to this amazing world of ours. So, why not combine the two?
So, here's the challenge (and there are potentially nearly a thousand of you reading this, so we could make this something truly spectacular!)
Scientific consensus agrees that climate change is happening, mostly due to carbon. And even if you are among the few who prefer not to look at that, we still need oxygen and, as artists, we use paper all of the time. So, one way or another, we're all quite dependant on trees. (Besides, forest glades are fabulous places to come up with creative ideas.)
On average, we could completely negate our carbon footprint by planting 20 trees per year. Even one would be a fanta
*sources: forestry.about.com/od/treephys… www.turningtools.co.uk/trees/t…
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