The value of life and the environment is something that most of us tend to take lightly. We take life for granted, simply because we are able to wake up and go to sleep each and every day, without a care in the world. In Rajasthan, India, there is a community that is taking things a whole new level. Each and every time a girl is born in the community, they plant 111 trees to commemorate the new birth.
This is a custom that has been going around for so long, since the daughter of village’s former leader, Kiran, died at an early age. Since then, her father decided to ensure that the residents would always understand and appreciate the value of the life of a girl after that. So far, at least 250,000 trees have been planted in honor of every girl that has since been born.
This is a good idea because in the long run, the villagers and the planet all manage to benefit from this exercise. In a country like India, a country where women are generally undervalued, this practice has been seen as a significant step towards forward thinking with an emphasis on eco-feminism.
In line with the tradition, the residents always come together and collect 21,000 Rupees, and another 10,000 Rupees from the parents of the new child. With these funds, which is almost $465, the community opens a 20-year fix deposit account for the new baby. The parents are also made to sign a legal affidavit, indicating the rights of the daughter to receive proper education, to remain unmarried until the legal age of 18, and to take care of the trees that were planted in the girl’s honor, thereby promoting the community while at the same time looking after the welfare of the girl.