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World’s Eco-Friendliest Country, Bhutan, Celebrates Birth Of New Prince By Planting 108,000 trees
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World’s Eco-Friendliest Country, Bhutan, Celebrates Birth Of New Prince By Planting 108,000 trees

How does Bhutan, the world’s most eco-friendly and carbon-negative country, celebrate the recent birth of its new prince? By planting trees of course. Lots and lots of trees.

108,000 saplings were planted in the tiny mountain Kingdom to commemorate the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema.

The Bhutanese constitution stipulates that at least 60 percent of land remains forested at all times, but this green-fingered celebration wasn’t just inspired by the country’s commitment to ecological preservation.

“In Buddhism, a tree is the provider and nourisher of all life forms,’ said Tenzin Lekphell, who coordinated the initiative. ‘It symbolizes longevity, health, beauty and even compassion.”

This isn’t the first time that Bhutan has made headlines for its epic tree-planting sessions. In 2015, the country set a Guinness World Record by planting almost 50,000 trees in just one hour. Which is proof, if ever you needed it, that while Bhutan might be small in size, it’s definitely big when it comes to awesomeness.

(h/t: treehugger)

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PhillipeKnippel
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful Nation! Long life to you and your forests!

DubravkoPavlovic
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's a good country to be in if you were a tree... if you are human, your rights might get... infringed...

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KarenBradford
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was there 10 years ago: It's a country that values its "Gross National Happiness" quotient more than money. (By the way, it's not cheap to be a tourist there: I've traveled the world by myself but no unescorted travel is allowed there --- our guide and driver even waited for us at the Internet café! --- to make sure tourists don't trash the country like its next-door neighbor, Nepal. It cost about US$250 each a day for my girlfriend and me, but we had a marvelous time catered to us. (Our guide later started Bhutan's first recycling business!)

TamaraHeikalo
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This royal couple is apparently very unpretentious, too. We know someone who knows them. Cool! I would so love to live in a country that cares about life, and the future of this planet.

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PhillipeKnippel
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful Nation! Long life to you and your forests!

DubravkoPavlovic
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's a good country to be in if you were a tree... if you are human, your rights might get... infringed...

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KarenBradford
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was there 10 years ago: It's a country that values its "Gross National Happiness" quotient more than money. (By the way, it's not cheap to be a tourist there: I've traveled the world by myself but no unescorted travel is allowed there --- our guide and driver even waited for us at the Internet café! --- to make sure tourists don't trash the country like its next-door neighbor, Nepal. It cost about US$250 each a day for my girlfriend and me, but we had a marvelous time catered to us. (Our guide later started Bhutan's first recycling business!)

TamaraHeikalo
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This royal couple is apparently very unpretentious, too. We know someone who knows them. Cool! I would so love to live in a country that cares about life, and the future of this planet.

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