The Seed to Tree

The Seed to Tree

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Today, we are planting an Earth Citizen seed and are excited to see what grows.

We are starting simple, but have big visions.

So many people say, “Don’t share your big vision, because well, it is just a vision and there is no way to know you will make it; instead you should show your vision through action”. Well we say, “Forget that, show our vision, take action and hope others will help make it happen!”

Yeah, we are unsure whether we will make it or not, but that is not stopping us. The world needs more Earth Citizens. For sure we feel fear and uncertainty likes to nibble at our courage, but we push forward. Here we are today, just a few people working to bring alive EarthCitizen.

The idea of Earth Citizenship is vast, yet simple, so we are excited to explore and connect to the idea, to better understand our desire to contribute to something bigger than ourselves, yet still take care of ourselves. We are trying to tap into that feeling we get when we know we are doing the right thing for ourselves, others and the planet, not only for this generation, but all future generations.

We are super excited to start blogging to share some fun stories, visions and wise ideas for helping life and happiness to thrive. We are diving deep to find ways to bring the global population together to make positive change on the planet. Our hope is to use the power of collaboration to paint a new picture for our world. We wish show that we as a global population can live amazing ethical conscious lives on this planet. We hope you will help us to meet these goals and join in on the conversation.

May life and happiness thrive.

The Monkey Pod Tree

Monkey-pod (Pithecellobium saman), samán in Spanish, is a fast-growing tree native to Central America and northern South America. [1]

Some interesting facts about the Monkey Pod tree:

Do you know why grass stays green under the monkey pod tree? Fascinating really.

The trees leaves close up at night so the the rain can drift down to water the roots of the tree and well the grass too. [2] The pods are a nutritious sweet edible treats that have a licorice like flavor. [2] You can find these trees in many tropical places around the world such as Hawaii, Philippines, and Thailand. [3] The tree is good for shading livestock and the wood has been used for craft making and furniture. [4]

Reference

[1] http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/pithecellobium/saman.htm

[2] Little, Elbert L., Jr., and Frank H. Wadsworth. 1964. Common trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Handbook 249. Washington, DC. 548 p.

[3] Skolmen, Roger G. 1974. Woods of Hawaii ... properties and uses of 16 commercial species. USDA Forest Service, General Technical Report PSW-8. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Berkeley, CA. 30 p.

[4] National Academy of Sciences. 1979. Tropical legumes-resources for the future. Report of the Ad Hoe Panel of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. 332 p.



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