– Model Gisele Bündchen took to Instagram to reveal that she is planning to plant 40,000 trees in her native country of Brazil in honor of her 40th birthday today.
– “I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way,” shared the supermodel.
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen turns 40 today, and she’s celebrating her milestone birthday by giving back to Mother Earth.
On Saturday, Bündchen took to Instagram to share that she promises to help plant 40,000 trees in the Amazon Rainforest. “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,” declared the model. “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.”
Bündchen later explained that since she cannot currently fly out of the country to plant the trees herself, she has asked family and friends to donate to the Viva Vida organization, to help continue the planting of trees in her native country of Brazil, in lieu of birthday gifts. The model shared her promise alongside photos of her; her husband, Tom Brady; and their children planting trees throughout the years.
The model also shared a throwback post, showcasing the time she visited with an Indigenous community in Brazil, where she also previously helped plant trees. Since the planting, she has learned that the community’s own seed bank has helped regenerate thousands of acres of sacred land to the country, as well as help provide jobs and income for the country’s native women.
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“It has made me so happy to know that the little seeds we planted so many years ago have developed into so much life. Today we are going to use this same seed bank to plant 40,000 trees for my birthday-and continue to regenerate nature. Gratitude!” wrote Bündchen.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.