How are we preparing to Sing For The Trees on International Women’s Day? Elizabeth shares her event.
Sing For The Trees is a global gathering of voices for International Women's Day (IWD). This year to celebrate IWD on the 8th and 9th of March, TreeSisters are inviting women to come together and sing in their local parks, forests, gardens and community spaces.
We hope that our voices united together on behalf of, and to, the trees will harmonise around the world and bring women together for Nature.
We have been asking some of our Sing For The Trees event coordinators how they are preparing for the events. Today we would love to share with you how our sister Elizabeth Brown is preparing for her event in Michigan.
Can you tell us a little more about your event?
It is a small gathering, I'm attempting to get others by posting event at places I think will attract other women, so far I know there will be 5 of us ladies attending.
We are gathering at a park in the town next to mine which is bigger and has a beautiful park there along a river. There are big old redwoods. They are lovely. It will still be winter here then so I might have to shovel a spot underneath a pavilion roof for some shelter to have our tea.
The name of the park: Peter Nordeen Park in Gwinn, Michigan.
How do you see the event unfolding on International Women's Day?
To start the event I want to share a story. The story goes like this...
Once upon a time an old woman lived in the wood. It was where she felt more at home for she knew every tree and they knew her. They supported each other. If the woman was sad, tired or hurt, the trees sensed It and were able to invite smiles on her face with their grace. The woman obtained great joy spending time walking among them. This feeling was reciprocal and the trees felt her love and joy for them also.
The old woman knew the trees drank the same water she did and used the sunshine for food as the woman did for planting a vegetable or herb garden. It was not till the woman was older that she learned more about the trees impact on her world. With this knowledge she became excited and grateful. She learned that water which runs through our body, all plants and animals as a life source in part comes from the transpiration of water from the leaves of trees. The U.S. Geological Survey writes that 90% of our country's rain water comes from the evaporation of water from oceans and 10% of our rain comes from the transpiration of water from our trees and plants. It also writes that a large oak tree can transpire 40,000 gallons of water into the atmosphere during one year (USGS Dec. 2, 2016). With the trees absorbing water through their roots they prevent erosion of land also. The water cycle is magical and the woman is careful not to use any harmful chemicals on the land that might hurt the trees or other life.
The woman learned that trees provide us with oxygen which as humans we could not live without. They improve our air quality also. Humans release CO2 in atmosphere from our everyday lives: car emissions, heating gasses, industrial emissions which increase the CO2 which is then trapped in our atmosphere increasing the earth's temperature like a greenhouse effect and causing climate change. We depend on the trees for this absorption of carbon dioxide which they use to make food. Our planet is cutting down so many trees that it has not been able to absorb enough carbon dioxide to prevent this climate change. UrbanForestrynetwork.org states on website that for every ton of new wood growth about 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide are removed from the air and 1.07 tons of live giving oxygen is produced. Trees also remove other harmful pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide.
We woman know the power behind reciprocity, respect, and honoring our fellow living beings on Mother Earth, because it is always for the good of all.
On this International Women's Day, we gather in numbers to offer the trees our respect, love, and support. And together we pray for the trees young and old to keep growing and help us heal this earth.
That is a beautiful story Elizabeth, thank you for sharing this with us! Are you planning anything else for your wonderful event?
I am going to make some chaga tea which comes from the birch trees. Also some white pine needle tea. I obtain maple syrup from the trees in my yard so I will bring some. It could be cold here still 20-30's F. So I'm not sure how long we will gather outside.
I am also thinking of looking for some tree poems to read. I have a small drum, wooden spoons and bells for people to use at event.
I did also attempt to put event in a local paper but I have not heard back from them yet. I will let you know if they post event in their paper!
Do you have songs that you are planning to sing for the trees at your event?
These are two songs I chose. I wrote the second one up, I have no melody for it but I'm sure the melody will come. I have shared two photos with you of the lyrics.
If Elizabeth has inspired you to find out more about Sing For The Trees, you are welcome to join us in our group in the Nest. Just look for the 'Sing For The Trees group' on the left hand menu. If you don't know what the Nest is ~ come and join us! The Nest is TreeSisters' own online community, designed around gathering, inspiration, discussion and ideas. You can sign up here: https://www.treesisters-nest.org/
Want to join in or learn more about Sing for the Trees? Please visit our community area called the Nest. Look for the group: Sing for the Trees - IWD 2019
Want to let us know about your own event? You can do so here on the Coordinators form.