FCS Members Join Colleagues from around the World to Plant Trees!

By Crave, Mary; Gilliland, Mary | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 1, 2000 | Go to article overview

FCS Members Join Colleagues from around the World to Plant Trees!


Crave, Mary, Gilliland, Mary, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


The Family and Consumer Sciences profession made its mark on the world when AAFCS affliliates, higher education units, and individuals donated and planted 27 trees during the recent International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) meeting in Ghana, West Africa. They joined more than 200 IFHE members participating in a tree planting event on July 21, 2000, to mark the new millennium.

Each of the 27, 18' mahogany seedlings were planted because of a $50 donation to the IFHE-US Development Fund. "We added a permanent metal marker with the name of the honoree, and many of those trees were planted by the donors or donor's representatives," said Mary Gilliland, California. Mary and her husband Clinton helped coordinate some of the arrangements for these donors. "In addition to making a contribution to our ecology, we contributed more than $1000 to the Development Fund after the costs of trees and markers were deducted," she said.

"Each AAFCS affiliate received an invitation last fall to join in this opportunity to show our profession's interest in global concerns," according to Mary Crave, International Division Chair and contribution coordinator. IFHE was acknowledged by having an avenue named after it, being listed on a plaque of participating countries, and being mentioned in a registry of all the participants. Many other IFHE participants, in addition to those donors listed below, planted trees.

The Millennium Tree Line project is part of a year-2000 Zero Meridian project coordinated by the University of Greenwich, UK. The hope is for the meridian to eventually be visible from space for the full distance it crosses inhabited land. A glance at a globe shows that very little of the 12,000 miles of the meridian crosses land. Ghana is planting a band of trees about a quarter-mile wide, starting at its south coast.

Delegates to the IFHE Council and Congress participants from around the world joined members of the Ghana Home Economics Association for a full day of activities in the port city of Tema, east of the capital city of Accra, added Gilliland.

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