29. December 2009
Simply, we need trees.
Watershed restoration, improved habitat for humans and animals, fruit and lumber name just a few reasons. Go ahead, plant one! It only takes a few minutes and a little inspiration–a small act of generosity to the future. Such a small act, you may forget it soon, moving on to larger, more important issues. But there in the background, that tree is alive, that spark of generosity is growing.
Ten years, twenty years, two hundred years later: the birds nest and sing! the living breath! shade cools on a hot day and your small act of generosity has exploded into a monument to life.
In this period of financial madness, here’s a secret: some investments never stop growing. Let’s take another look at the original meaning of capital through plant life: out of plain dirt comes life, food, lumber, oxygen–plants prove again and again that something from nothing is possible, and in fact the only way we survive. One tree, planted in the right place at the right time can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds, thousands of new trees–exponential growth! I dare you–plant a tree…
Our dedicated volunteers make what we do possible, rewarding, amazing–building our website, filing our taxes, planting and watering trees, designing and negotiating planting projects, gathering seeds, and carrying our message. We know that money doesn’t grow on trees, though it hasn’t stopped us from planting them yet! Unfortunately, there are monetary costs which we cannot forgo–planting materials, tools, a vehicle to transport trees, website hosting, and one full-time coordinator to write grants, organize and facilitate projects. If you share our vision and feel what we do benefits you and the world, please consider becoming a member of One Cool Earth.
The Man Who Planted Trees, Johnny Appleseed, Wangari Maathai, Lionel Johnston—myths, legends, Nobel Prize winners, or simply inspired citizens–all of them saw tree planting as a solution to the problems of their times. More easily than you may think, you too can join their number by organizing tree plantings in your own community. OneCoolEarth is committed to helping you start successful plantings wherever you may live. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Aside from spearheading your own planting efforts, you might consider volunteering on OneCoolEarth’s projects, nurseries, and plantings. The following volunteer opportunities are currently available:
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Listing Title: Nursery Caretaker
Description: OneCoolEarth is currently seeking a volunteer to water trees at our nurseries. The job requires about two hours of time once per week during the summer, and less during the rest of the year. Person must be committed, as the survival of hundreds of our young trees depends on him or her. Please contact us if you are interested in this position.
Listing Title: Landscape Architect Internship
Description: OneCoolEarth is seeking a student or professional landscape architect with the inclination to design sustainable landscapes for schools, nonprofits, public lands, churches, and private properties. We currently plant a variety of native trees in San Luis Obispo area, but would like more formal plans. Interns will learn about planting techniques and benefits of native vegetation as well as watch their plans carried into reality by school children, college students, ranchers, church congrations, and the community at large. Help make a valuable contribution to the community in the form of a beautiful, lowcost, native, sustainable landscape today!
Ability to work with our team and clients to create optimal layouts.
Ability to produce attractive visual plans.
Some understanding or simply a desire to understand sustainable landscapes.
Please contact us if you are interested in this position.
Listing Title: Community Gardener
Description: Garden Matchmaking, a land sharing program run by One Cool Earth is seeking volunteers interested in gardening to provide fresh food and companionship for the elderly, disabled, and those in need of physical assistance, or simply to increase local sources of fresh produce for hunger prevention programs. This position is especially suitable for would-be gardeners who lack land of their own to garden on. Plots are available in backyards throughout San Luis Obispo county. Please contact us if you are interested in this position.