Melbourne gave 70,000 trees email addresses so people could report on their condition. But instead people are writing love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns.
Cathy Oke, Melbourne City Council’s environment portfolio chair, had this to say about the more than 4,000 emails sent to their trees from around the world:
I think one of the great things about it is that people often think technology removes us from nature but actually the opposite can be true. It shows that technology can actually help you engage with nature. We want people to know we’re looking after our trees, we want the community to help us look after them, and if it also brings them some joy in a busy world, that’s great too.
If you replace the word “nature” with “people” in those first two sentences that comes pretty close to my motivation for creating What a Great Link!