In January, New Voices Are Rising completed our West Oakland demonstration tree planting event. This kicked off the first planting of many that will bring over 100 trees to West Oakland that will help reduce heat, absorb pollutants like particulate matter, and filter the air.
With help from Rose Foundation’s Grassroots Fund grantee Common Vision and former grantee Growing Together, we recruited a team of 14 masked volunteers to plant ten oak, pistaches, and ironwood trees at our first planting site on 17th & Willow Streets. The socially distant, COVID-19 safe event was a complete success!
Common Vision’s chief puppet interviewed youth at our tree planting to find out why they care about planting more trees in their community. Watch the video below to find out what they said: