Sundar Paliwal grew up in a rural Indian village where the environment was devastated by irresponsible mining tactics. After his daughter’s death, he started planting trees in her memory, inspiring an idea that changed the village forever: planting 111 trees for every girl born. Because the birth of a girl was not an occasion the town previously celebrated, this action enabled a deeper transformation of a community's mindset. Based on true events, this story about sustainability, gender inequality, and ecofeminism provides an example of how one person can change the world. Suitable in an elementary-level classroom, this book may be read aloud and inspire discussions about cultural diversity and gender equality. Students may be encouraged to consider social development through a different lens and to learn more about climate change, sustainability, environmental awareness, and impact.
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