– 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.”
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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
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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Podemos nunca saber o impacto das sementes que plantamos, mas, mesmo assim, acredito que elas têm que ser plantadas. Em 2004, visitei uma aldeia indígena na floresta amazônica. Pude ver de perto tanto seu profundo conhecimento da natureza, quanto os problemas de saúde e ambientais criados pelo desmatamento. Saí de lá determinada a fazer algo para ajudar. A primeira iniciativa que apoiei na época foi a campanha "Y Ikatu Xingu" do ISA. Agora, 14 anos depois, chamei a ISA para me ajudar a plantar árvores para o meu aniversário. Para minha surpresa, soube que daquele projeto nasceu a maior rede de sementes nativas do Brasil, a "Rede de Sementes do Xingu" que já ajudou a restaurar mais de 6,6 mil hectares (cerca de um milhão de árvores) de áreas degradadas, e também provê renda para 560 coletores – a maioria deles mulheres nativas. Fiquei muito feliz em saber que aquela sementinha plantada lá atrás deu lindos frutos e, hoje, vamos utilizar esta rede de sementes para fazer o plantio do meu aniversário e continuar esta corrente para restaurar a natureza. Só tenho gratidão! 🙏🏼🌱 We may never know the impact of the seeds we plant…but they must be planted! In 2004, I visited an Indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest. I was able to see up close the natives’ deep knowledge and appreciation of nature, and the health and environmental problems created by deforestation. I was determined to do something to help. In 2006, the first project I supported was called “Y Ikatu Xingu” from ISA to help restore the land and support the local communities.Fourteen years later, I called ISA to ask if they could help me plant trees for my upcoming birthday. To my surprise, I learned that the Y Ikatu Xingu project we supported back in 2006 had created an amazing “seed bank” that has already helped to restore more than 6,600 hectares of degraded land, and helped over 560 collectors –most native women –earn a steady income.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!
“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.