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Topic : This is what happened when an Australian city gave trees email addresses
2021호 2면
TITLE : This is what happened when an Australian city gave trees email addresses

This is what happened when an Australian city
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They provide shade and air to breathe. Not to mention an undeniable sense of grandeur. But would you ever write a letter to a tree? Officials in Melbourne, Australia have discovered that for  many, the answer is a resounding yes.


The Guardian's Oliver Milman reported that when they rolled out a program that assigned email addresses to trees. This was in a bid to help identify damage and issues. But what was discovered was that city residents preferred to write them love letters instead.


The city calls it "an unintended but positive consequence" of their attempt to help citizens track tree damage. On their urban forest data site, Melbourne assigned ID numbers and email addresses. They went to each of the city's trees. This made it easier to catch and rehabilitate damaged trees.


Then the emails began to arrive. Milman wrote that instead of damage reports, people wrote fan mail to trees. The writers complimented their looks and leaves. Some told tales of how they'd helped them survive during inclement weather. Some trees even wrote back.

The effort was part of a larger initiative. That was to protect Melbourne's 70,000 city-owned trees from drought and decline. 


It turns out Melbournians have always been arboreal enthusiasts. The city council noted that in the 1880s, residents wrote begging for the planting of blue gum eucalyptus trees to "absorb bad gasses" emanating from a nearby manure depot.


Source: Tween Tribune



What did an Australian city give to trees?
Who discovered that the answer is a resounding yes?
Which city in Australia assigned numbers and email addresses to the trees?
What was easier to do after assigning numbers and email addresses to trees?
What did people write instead of damage reports?
What did the writers compliment?
What was the effort a part of?
How many city-owned trees were being protected from drought and decline?
Who are said to be arboreal enthusiasts?
What year did residents write to beg for the planting of blue gum eucalyptus trees?
What do blue gum eucalyptus trees absorb?
Where did the bad gasses emanate from?


What do you think about what you read?
Why do you think people like trees?
Do you think telling stories to a tree would be fun?
What compliments would you write to a tree?
Is tree damage tracking important?
Why or why not?
Is it better to track tree damage through email or manually?
Do you have trees in your city?
Would you consider yourself an arboreal enthusiast?


consequence - the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier
rehabilitate - to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like
inclement - (of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy
drought - a period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops
urban - of, relating to, or designating a city or town
arboreal - of or relating to trees; treelike.
enthusiast - a person who is filled with enthusiasm for some principle, pursuit, etc.; a person of ardent zeal