This is what happened when an Australian city gave trees email addresses
This is what happened when an Australian city gave trees email addresses Would you email a tree? (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian/W. Meier/Corbis)
This is what happened when an Australian city gave trees email addresses
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They provide shade and air to breathe. Not to mention an undeniable sense of grandeur. But would you ever write a letter to a tree?
 
Officials in Melbourne, Australia have discovered that for many, the answer is a resounding yes.
 
The Guardian's Oliver Milman reported that when they rolled out a program that assigned email addresses to trees. This was in a bid to help identify damage and issues. But what was discovered was that city residents preferred to write them love letters instead.
 
The city calls it "an unintended but positive consequence" of their attempt to help citizens track tree damage. On their urban forest data site, Melbourne assigned ID numbers and email addresses. They went to each of the city's trees. This made it easier to catch and rehabilitate damaged trees.
 
Then the emails began to arrive. Milman wrote that instead of damage reports, people wrote fan mail to trees. The writers complimented their looks and leaves. Some told tales of how they'd helped them survive during inclement weather. Some trees even wrote back.
 
The effort was part of a larger initiative. That was to protect Melbourne's 70,000 city-owned trees from drought and decline. 

It turns out Melbournians have always been arboreal enthusiasts. The city council noted that in the 1880s, residents wrote begging for the planting of blue gum eucalyptus trees to "absorb bad gasses" emanating from a nearby manure depot.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/what-happened-when-australian-city-gave-trees-email-addresses/

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What is the benefit of the trees writing back, and how do they do it?
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COMMENTS (18)
  • Gavinh-bru1
    1/17/2018 - 02:29 p.m.

    In this article "This is what happened when an Australian city gave email addresses" it states that the trees are unintended but positive effect. Also experts have said yes you could write emails to trees. Melbourne, Australia has 70,000 city owned trees.

  • jackiep-hel
    8/17/2020 - 03:28 p.m.

    I personally don,t like this text i think it was to short and it was a bit boring. I would've wanted it to have more info i would've also wanted it to be a bit more interesting.

  • SamanthaR-pla
    9/15/2020 - 02:45 p.m.

    The article focused on how writing letters to tree can impact their overall life. It was stated earlier, "an unintended but positive consequence"(Blakemore). The citizens did not expect the trees to reply so positively but they were pleased to see that reaction. This particular article makes me want to go out and hug some trees. I feel that I don't appreciate the beauty in front of us and take it for granted. Living on a healthy and thriving planet is so important for the overall well-being of all creatures that live on the Earth. Taking the time to care for the plants would improve their quality of life.

  • KianaV-pla
    9/21/2020 - 02:41 p.m.

    This article explains the reasons why Australia has gave trees email addresses. The motivation behind why officials in Melbourne, Australia, do this is to help identify damage and issues. However, through this process, they realized residents enjoyed writing love letters to the trees instead, by complimenting the tree leaves or explaining tails to how they helped save that tree. This innovation was to protect Melbournes 70,000 city-owned trees from drought and declines.

    In connecting to civic engagement, this related to environmentalism because the officials in Austria first started to give trees email addresses to help protect the Melbournes owned trees, as states before, from droughts and decline, which is a concern to preserving the environment which was successful because they seen found out Austria has always been arboreal enthusiasts, which are basically lovers of trees.

  • MsKaur
    9/30/2020 - 09:30 a.m.

    It was very interesting

  • 25Gilby
    10/16/2020 - 03:09 a.m.

    The benefits of the trees writing back is that it is very funny and entertaining. They worked because somebody is replying for the trees.

  • SamuelB-pla
    10/20/2020 - 10:46 p.m.

    The city of Melbourne gave tree email addresses to try to help spot damage and so that they could help the trees that were not doing well. Instead of only writing about the damage done to trees, they received letters of all kinds that showed how the idea of emails for trees had been a success. This was a great example of civic engagement because it led to the citizens to help the city by informing them which trees had damage and issues. In addition to informing them about damage, the citizens had written in the past how they liked trees for their help in reducing the bad odors; showing that they had written about the trees in the past, too.

  • MatthewK-pla
    10/26/2020 - 10:15 p.m.

    I thought this article was a little vague for the topic it presented. It mentioned how trees have a certain email address citizens of Melbourne can use to alert officials s to damaged trees. What the article did not mention, was how the trees advertised their individual email address, and what type of emails the trees used. Was it for example, tree 00018@austrailiantree.au? Or was it JohnnyTree03@gmail.com? Aside from that, the civil responsibilities this implies the ictizens have is quite magnificent in my opinion. By attaching emails to individual trees, the authorities imply that the citizens are responsible for maintaining the well-being of those trees. There are not many civic responsibilities than more important maintaining the well being o your own natural environment. (Tween Tribune post #2 LATE)

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