The year 2020 was a huge disappointment. And we are sure none of us wants to remember this year in the future. From covid-19 taking a toll on us to cancellation of plans, this year just left us sad and how. However, the good part is that the year is about to end. And countries across the world are doing their bit to ring in 2021 with galore. And one such country is New Zealand is giving us a ray of hope for 2021 by setting the tone for a brighter 2021. It is inviting people to donate a tree to its Forest of Hope.
New Zealand Tourism Board Wants People To Plant A Tree Of Hope For A Better Future
New Zealand Tourism Board has collaborated with conservation charity trees that ask people to plant seeds for new native forests on the country’s north and South Islands. The video created by the tourism board opens with a message that it’s time to look forward to 2021. The video also spreads a word that,
“Right now, we can’t share our beautiful country as we normally would, but we can still add to its beauty and the health of the environment. Once we’re able to welcome visitors again, you can visit your tree that you helped grow.”
For the celebrations, New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to celebrate New Years. With their new project, they aim to start a new year on a positive note with forests being planted in parts of Northland and Queenstown. For that, donators are being asked to use their frustrations from 2020 to create a brighter year in 2021, and to help sow the seeds for a better future.
Tree Donations Start From AED 26 And You Can Make Your Bit By Visiting Their Website
Tree donations start from AED 26 ($7) per tree and can be submitted on the Trees that Count website. Those donating are asked to write down their biggest disappointment of the year and will also have the option to name their tree, with any given names displayed on maps of the new forests created by Trees that Count.
Now isn’t that a heartwarming initiative? Sarah Handley, general manager for the Americas and Europe at Tourism New Zealand, explained more about the native values behind the campaign in a statement and said,
“While our borders remain closed to international visitors, we wanted to extend a little manaaki and encourage a sense of tiaki to those who are in need of some optimism for the new year. With trees as a natural symbol of life and growth, the Forest of Hope is a way for people to say goodbye to this year’s disappointments and plant a seed of hope to look forward to better times ahead in 2021.”