Saturday, 26 September 2009

These poems were written by people who work with the Horn Relief Bander Beylaπs Solar Cooker Project. Such poems are indeed precious and powerful as they describe the importance of trees for a better environment for war-torn Somalia. The poems call for reduction in charcoal burning and charcoal production and for the protection of Somaliaπs fragile environment.

I looked and I looked,
all I see is you being destroyed,
cut, burnt by people.
I cannot imagine life without you.
You shelter me, feed meä
I thank you for that.
Trees, our trees,
Oh my people, save our trees
and use solar cookers instead.
Let our trees grow and be free
from charcoal makers and buyers
so that we can live a secure life.

by Shukria Dini

Tree in the Wind

A tree stands firm in the wind
Its roots grip the Somali soil
and holds together the source of pastoral life.

by Jim Lindsay, Bosaso, Somalia, 13 November 2005

TreesShade in the hot, hot sunäShelter for me and for birdsä.Protection for soilä.Space for lifeä..Trees for all.

by Pamela Collett, inspired by the world first, Somalia leads the way,Horn Relief and Sun Fire Cooking's Bender Bayla Solar Villages Project13 November 2005, Bosaso, Somalia

I give you shade
I provide fodder for your animals
I hold the soil so grass can grow
When I die I will give you fuel
Oh, charcoal cutter, why do you kill me so young.

Jim Lindsay

Civil War
The trees are cut down
The land is devastated
The people are in mourning.
The youth are in despair
Where is our future?
Where are our trees?

Pamela Collett, 15 November 2005, Bosaso Somalia

Blue Sky AboveWhy so much killing?Why so much violence?When the sky is so blue.O, Somalis, look up.
by Pamela CollettNovember 22 2005, on the road to Bender Bayla from BosasoTsunami
Whitecaps on a turquoise seaRolling waves rushing to silver sandGolden cliffs climbing highSqueezed between is Bender BaylaLiving by the seaDying by the sea.

by Jim Lindsay, in Bender Bayla, Somalia, 24 November 2005

Monday, 21 September 2009


Performance of the opening act of "The Finn and the Tree" - Episode #1 - trees in Finnish Arts - "Petteri and Kullervo"
Performed during the Comenius Project meeting in Nokia Finland, May 11-15, 2009 by students of the Nokian Lukio high school.



Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Thursday, 10 September 2009


whatching this movie, I can´t help feeling connected to mother earth

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Anne frank about the chestnut tree in their garden
“Our chestnut tree is in full blossom. It is covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year...” - Anne Frank, 13 May 1944

Anne Frank often looked from the attic window at the chestnut tree behind the secret annex. She wrote about it in her diary. Now, the more than 150 year old tree is diseased, but online it will live on.

The academy award winning actress and screenplay writer Emma Thompson officially launched the Anne Frank House’s new ‘Anne Frank Tree’ website (

The website, in six different languages, offers people around the world a platform to express their affinity with Anne Frank. For many people Anne Frank symbolizes their hope for a world in which people can live together respectfully and in freedom, regardless of their origin, faith or political beliefs. The core of the website ‘Anne Frank Tree’ is the chestnut tree that Anne Frank could see from the attic window in the hiding place. Emma Thompson placed the first leaf with her name in the virtual tree.

Leave your leaf in the virtual chestnut tree, forward it and keep Anne Frank’s ideals alive.

What does your leaf represent?
Anne Frank was in hiding in the secret annex for over two years. During the day she had to be very quiet and she could never go outside. She yearned for freedom. Anne had a clear opinion about many things. She wrote about them in her diary. Writing made her less sad and it gave her the courage to carry on.

Anne wanted to be useful to others after the war. Not only to the people around her, but also to people she did not know. Anne did not survive the Holocaust but her diary has inspired millions of people all over the world to do their best for a better world. Anne’s wish came true after all.

With your leaf you can show that you too have been inspired by the diary of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank Tree

(information based on and