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 fantastic contribution. I just planted two yesterday. It took about half an hour, and in a few years we'll have fresh peaches and hawthorn jam - and negated 36 days worth of carbon. Totally worth it.
Let's do this.
Whether you have a yard that has space for a nice shade tree on the corner, or are renting and can talk your landlord into an apple or plum, or can find a nearby park or watershed which has a planting project, or you give your granny a mini orchard for Mother's Day or ... anything! Let's go.
- Every time you plant a tree this year, take a picture of it. Post it in your scraps, or on Flicker or Photobucket with a link, that sort of thing. And let me know!
- Every time you plant one and let me know, I'll give your art a feature in my journal. So, this project will help your art get exposure, too.
- To the first person to reach the full 20, completely off-setting their carbon footprint this year, I will give a one-year Premium Membership.
- To the next five people to reach 20, I will give a three-month Premium Membership (maybe to more than five, depending on what I can afford and the level of participation.)
Also, if you like this idea, favourite this journal entry or link to it from your own, so we can make this a massive phenomenon!
P.S. Update! While you're planting trees, you can also earn free art from DA artist MirachRavaia and others, see this journal entry for details!
Many thanks, and all the best!
...Wanders off, daydreaming of a world-wide, 20,000 tree forest sprouting up as the result of this post. Dream big, right? It might just happen...
UPDATE - May 2014:
And they're off! I would like to give a cheer and a shout out to for the first two entries in our challenge!
Do go see some of the wonderful, musical creations in her gallery, here:
UPDATE - June 2014:
And we have a winner!
...Of our challenge and a Premium Membership, but also of just generally being an awesome fellow inhabitant of Earth. Reinseih aka Reya not only met the goal of planting twenty trees in a year, but blew it out of the water by more or less doubling that number. Fantastic! Do visit the new account of this intrepid deviant if you get a chance: