Do you think people in Melbourne, Australia, would send fan mail to trees if they had to send actual letters instead of emails? Why or why not?
According to the article, people in Melbourne, Australia, are writing fan mail to trees instead of damage reports, as the city intended. Do you think this helps or hinders the city's attempt to catch and rehabilitate damaged trees? Why?
Why do you think the people of Melbourne, Australia, began writing fan mail to the city's trees? Do you think people in the U.S. would do this? Why or why not?
According to the article, fan mail to trees was "an unintended but positive consequence" of city officials' attempt to help citizens track tree damage. How do you think this unintended consequence will benefit Melbourne's trees? What do you think it gives back to the people who write the letters?
- Have students access the website "Explore Melbourne's Urban Forest." Instruct them scroll down or tap the "Explore the Map" button to see the map that shows all of Melbourne's trees.
- Point out the color and symbol keys below the map, which identify the age, health and genus of each tree. Tell students to select a color/symbol combination. They can further narrow their selection criteria by tapping the "All Precincts" or "All Trees" buttons.
- Instruct students to zoom in on the map to find a tree that meets their criteria. If they tap the icon, they can email their tree. NOTE: To ensure that all emails go to the correct trees, tell students not to change the text in the subject line. The same email address is used for all trees, but each tree has a unique ID code.
- Encourage students to send a message to their tree. Suggest that they ask questions about the tree or its environment. They may even want to share their hopes or ideas for conservation of Earth's forests. After students send their emails, have them monitor their emails to see if any of the trees respond.
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