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Speaking for the Trees

Picture it: 1970, a young boy at the tender age of fifteen is inspired to repair the smog damage in the San Bernardino Mountains in California, where he attends summer camp. He collaborates with two dozen fellow campers to transform a parking lot into a meadow of smog-tolerant trees. Today TreePeople has sprouted, and this young boy has found his calling in life.

TreePeople is an environmental “non-profit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles.” Their mission is to educate, inspire, and support people in taking responsibly for their surroundings by keeping it safe, healthy and sustainable.

I personally adore the idea of planting trees, but sometimes we just don’t have the space to plant one or many in our own backyard. This is where TreePeople comes to the rescue. They plant trees on your behalf in Los Angeles to help cool temperatures, clean the air, and replenish the groundwater supplies to build a safer and more vibrant city.

For almost 40 years, TreePeople’s Tree Dedication program has been able to plant and care for trees in mountain forests and park woodlands that have been struck by fires, neglect or other natural causes.

With Mother’s day just around the corner, don’t you think your mom would love knowing that her gift from you played a role in helping to filter the air we breath? Or restore vital parts of Los Angeles? Count me in. My fingers and toes are crossed that a tree will be dedicated to me.

As a thank you for writing about their wonderful cause, they generously offered to have a tree dedicated to someone of my choosing. I know- my mom, right? As much as I think she would personally love a tree, it became quite clear to me while reading the history of the organization, that my beautiful 10 year old niece is so deserving.I can see her in a few years running around with a bucket and shovel planting trees to help Mother Earth because that is just how she rolls. She is so inspiring, and you can find her writing about her passion here.

When I told her about the tree dedication, I could feel her smile and appreciation through the phone. I think her exact words were: “Oh cool- thanks.”

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” ~Dr.Seuss

Such a fitting quote to represent such a truly remarkable organization.

Will you speak for the trees this Mother’s Day or any day for that matter?

To stay in the tree loop, please follow @TreePeople_org and give them a like on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of TreePeople

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  1. Searching for Happy says

    Some of my happiest memories as a child are planting trees. I love that I can go see where I’ve planted 10 or 20 years later and see that I’ve had a positive impact on the world around me.

    I love the concept of this charity!

  2. Tracie says

    What a great way to honor someone’s memory! I love this idea as a gift, especially since I have no space for a tree right now!

  3. Red Nomad OZ says

    That’s so inspiring! Downunder in Australia we have ‘Trees for Life’ which has a similar ethos. BUT … can’t help wondering what would happen if only it was a government priority, not a semi-underground movement.

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