Planting trees

The forest fires in Turkey were the reason why we decided to do this project. Because of the many fallen trees we wanted to plant maple trees or other trees that grow naturally in the forests of Switzerland.

In addition, our idea was to conduct a survey to find out how well informed the students in Wetzikon (Switzerland) and Izmir (Turkey) are about environmental pollution and the greenhouse effect and whether they are willing to do something about it.

Audio-visual presentation of our project idea

 

Planting Trees

At Wednesday the 26th of May 2022, we went in the forest between Wetzikon and Grüt and planted some trees. We bought the trees at a garden center in Hinwil called Jumbo. We have already been there before to ask them which trees we should plant.

It was important to us that the trees we were planting are originally from Switzerland. We didn’t want imported trees. We carried a little shovel with us that we can plant the trees as they deserved to be.

 

We also saw many other “young” trees which were growing wild.
For example an oak tree in the first picture:

Survey

The main questions that we asked us before we created the survey were:
– Are students in Izmir, Turkey equally informed about environmental pollution as students from Wetzikon, Switzerland?
– Are they willing to contribute something to the environment?

Results

We compared the survey answers of Turkish people, mainly students from Izmir, and the answers from Swiss people, mainly students from business school Wetzikon (wkvw.ch). Unfortunately, we received only 26 answers from Turkey and 70 answers from Switzerland. Below you can see some of the results. We are aware that a comparison is not representative due to the different survey responses. Nevertheless, we decided to share the results. They might give an indication to future teams.

Please note that as we conducted 2 surveys, “n” is different: (1) Switzerland: n=70 and  (2) Turkey: n=26

1. Question: “Have you heard about the forest fires in Turkey?”

Obviously most of the people from Turkey have heard of the forest fires. It’s interesting that 11.5% didn’t know about it.

2. Question: “If yes: Were you affected by these forest fires?”

Switzerland n = 70 / Turkey n = 26

3. Question: “If yes: How exactly were you affected?”

From the Turkish students we’ve received thirteen answers. Below we’ve listed some of them:

I affected badly way and I cried a lot because of dyed animals and trees
I saw the smoke in the air

In our opinion the main message is, that many people obviously were affected badly and certainly concerned. And they got always reminded of whats happening because of the smoke in the air.

4. Question: “Have you ever heard of the greenhouse effect?”

Three quarters of the 70 Swiss students and one quarter of the 26 Turkish students have already heard of the greenhouse effect.

5. Question: “How well do you think the environment can recover on its own from problems caused by humans?”

Surprisingly, the two countries are roughly in agreement. They both think that the environment can only recover moderately well.

6. Question: “How concerned are you about air pollution?”

Along with the rest of the Turkish students’ answers (n=26), they are concerned about air pollution. As you can see also the Swiss students (n=70) are concerned.

 

Collaboration partners and authors

Our collaboration partners were in the beginning Reyda, Elif and Arda. At the start they were very supportive and motivated. But in the end we can just call Elif and Reyda our collaborations partners, because Arda left the group. It is a tragedy, but we are lucky that we still have two partners. That’s not a matter of course. The authors of this post are Florian and Jasmin.

Challenges and chances

Challenges:
We have done some research but we didn’t find much about “how to plant trees”. So we came to the solution that we aren’t allowed to plant trees randomly in the town. Trying to get in contact with the “Stadtverwaltung” or the “Tiefbauamt” we had planned to ask them if and where we could plant our trees. Firstly, we were not able to get in contact with the “Tiefbauamt Wetzikon”. When we finally had the chance to call them, they hadn’t any suitable information for us. They told us that it is too difficult to plant trees in Wetzikon; this applies to planting tees on private land as well as on public land.

Chances:
We asked Florian’s neighbor if we could plant our trees in her forest. She was delighted of our idea and gave us the permission to plant the trees. So we took advantage of this wonderful offer and planned to plant trees in her forest or in Jasmin’s garden.

Imagination

What if…
the whole world was full of trees. There would be no pollution and deforestation and humans would protect them. If humans understood how much value and benefit one single tree has, animals wouldn’t have to fear loosing their living environment because of humans. Are there any negative points about it? In our imagination there aren’t. All living and nonliving things would have a better life. If everything would be full of trees, everything would be better because humans are the cause for all the problems concerning environmental pollution.

Reflection

We think one of the most efficient and simple ways to contribute something to the environment is by planting trees. So this is why we still think it’s a great idea.
We were very structured and organised so we’ve kept up well with the tasks.

Planting the trees was a much bigger effort than we thought, as was transporting the trees and finding good places in the forest for them to grow. Originally we wanted to plant ten trees but in the end we managed to plant two.

by Jasmin & Florian

Reviewers

Andrea: Jasmin’s sister Andrea had the opportunity to read about our project. She liked our ideas and she also answered the survey.
The question about the greenhouse effect was her favorite question because it was a topic she heard about and she was very interested in it.

Interesting links

Information about the forest fires (srf.ch)
Test your ecological footprint (co2.myclimate.org)
Ökosystemleistungen von Zürcher Stadtbäumen (igluvolketswil.ch)
i-Tree – ecosystem services of urban trees (zhaw.ch)
Der ökologische Wert von Stadtbäumen (swild.ch)

Sources

Header picture –> Jasmin and Florian in the forest to plant trees
[a] – [f] pictures by Florian and Jasmin
[g] – [l] screenshots of our survey
[m] picture by Reyda
[n] picture by Elif
[o] picture by Florian
[p] picture by Jasmin

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  1. I really like this post! Favourite of all posts!!! Very informative and well researched! Inspired me to buy trees myself and plant them

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