In Celebration of Her 40th Birthday, Gisele Bündchen Plants 40,000 Trees

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For her 40th birthday, Gisele Bündchen asks for her friends and family to plant trees rather than traditional birthday gifts. 

Model Gisele Bündchen is giving back this year. Not only is Bündchen one of the world’s top models, but she is also an environmental activist. This year, the star turns 40, and rather than the usual birthday gifts, she’s requesting her friends and family plant trees instead.

Using her Instagram, Bündchen posted a series of photos featuring husband, Tom Brady, along with their kids Benjamin and Vivian as they spent the day and planting trees.

 

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As some of you know, my birthday is coming up on July 20th. And it’s not just any birthday! I can’t believe I am turning 40! I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees. I have been planting trees for different projects for years, as I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth. This year, to celebrate my birthday, my family and I had planned to plant trees in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil but, as we all know, that is not possible right now. Then I had another thought! What if I could come up with a way for others to help me plant trees there? I’ve already talked to my family and my friends—and they will all turn their gifts into trees. That way, we can all help give something back to our planet. In case you also feel inspired to give back to the Earth, you can join me and plant a tree in the Amazon rainforest. Just go to www.vivaavida.gift to donate (link in bio). #vivaavidagb40 🌳🙏🏼💚 Talvez alguns de vocês já saibam, meu aniversário tá chegando, dia 20 de julho. E não é qualquer aniversário. Nem acredito que vou fazer 40 anos! Sinto que um novo capítulo está começando na minha vida e queria comemorar de um jeito especial, por isso decidi plantar 40.000 árvores. Há anos venho plantando árvores em diferentes projetos, pois sinto que essa é uma forma de retribuir a mãe Terra e, este ano, para celebrar meu aniversario tinha planejado ir como minha família plantar na Amazônia. Mas como sabemos, isso não é possível neste momento. Então, já que não dá para ir, pensei: que tal criar um jeito para que qualquer um possa me ajudar a plantar árvores lá? Já falei pra toda minha família e amigos: quem quiser me presentar pode me dar árvores. Desse jeito, nós todos podemos retribuir de alguma forma ao nosso planeta. Se você também se sentir inspirado e quiser contribuir com a ideia, pode se juntar a nós e plantar árvores. O link está lá na minha Bio! Viva a Vida! #vivaavida

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“As some of you know, my birthday is coming up on July 20th. And it’s not just any birthday! I can’t believe I am turning 40,” the model wrote. “I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees. I have been planting trees for different projects for years, as I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth.”

She continued, “What if I could come up with a way for others to help me plant trees there? I’ve already talked to my family and my friends — and they will all turn their gifts into trees. That way, we can all help give something back to our planet.”

On World Environmental Day, June 5, Bündchen again used her Instagram platform to promote respecting and taking care of mother nature. “Nature has the answers- and by observing her, and mirroring back her example, we can start creating a more loving, supportive world where we can all thrive. This is our home, and our choices will help to create our future.”

 

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Today is World Environmental Day, and I couldn’t let it pass. The reason we are all here is because of Mother Nature, who supports all of life. She is our greatest teacher, and is always showing us the way, if only we would listen. She shows us that everything is interconnected and interdependent. When you think about it, her power come from her diversity and it depends on it to survive.Just like with people, our differences are our strengths, and we get stronger when we work together. Nature doesn’t judge or divide. She nurtures. She reminds us that every form of life is sacred, and important, and has its own special role in creating balance, so all of life can flourish. What creates unbalance in our world? Division. When man tries to divide nature, she is harmed and weakened and can even die. This is also true of humanity. Nature has the answers- and by observing her, and mirroring back her example, we can start creating a more loving, supportive world where we can all thrive. This is our home, and our choices will help to create our future. #Forhumanity #ForNature 🌎 Hoje é o Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente e não poderia deixar passar em branco. A razão pela qual estamos todos aqui é por causa da Mãe Natureza, ela torna a vida possível. Ela é nossa melhor professora e está sempre nos mostrando o caminho. Só precisamos observar. Ela nos mostra que tudo está interconectado. Sua força vem de sua diversidade e ela depende disso para sobreviver. Assim como as pessoas, nossas diferenças nos complementam e nos tornamos mais fortes quando trabalhamos juntos. A natureza não julga ou divide. Ela nutre. Ela nos lembra que toda forma de vida é sagrada e importante, e tem seu papel fundamental para trazer equilíbrio para que toda a vida possa florescer. O que cria desequilíbrio em nosso mundo? Divisão. Quando o homem tenta dividir a natureza, ela é prejudicada e enfraquecida e pode até morrer. Isto também é verdade para a humanidade. A natureza tem muitas respostas – e, observando-a e seguindo seu exemplo,podemos começar a criar um mundo mais amoroso e solidário, onde todos podemos prosperar. Esta é a nossa casa – e as nossas escolhas vão ajudar a criar o nosso futuro.

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You don’t need a special occasion or important date to want to give back to the planet. We can all learn something from Gisele and use this opportunity to be more mindful of how we treat Mother Earth.