[QODLink]
earthrise

Local Hero: Tree People

Andy Lipkis and his team of 'citizen foresters' provide greenery where there was once only concrete and asphalt.

Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 08:14
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A city surrounded by mountains and polluted by heavy car traffic, Los Angeles has been known for decades as the "Smog Capital of the United States". Back in 1970, when 15-year-old Andy Lipkis heard about the air pollution that was threatening the mountain forests near his hometown, he decided something had to be done about it. He rallied a group of like-minded supporters and set out to transform an area used as a parking lot into a green space, by planting smog-tolerant trees on it.

From these humble beginnings, Lipkis went on to found an NGO, TreePeople, and has since spearheaded numerous tree planting campaigns to help repair and restore urban environments. What began as one individual's mission to save his local forest has grown into one of North America's largest environmental organisations.

Sharita Hutton joins Andy Lipkis and his team of 'citizen foresters' in Los Angeles, as they plant trees in a school playground in one of the city's less affluent suburbs - providing shade and greenery where there was once only concrete and asphalt.

 
earthrise airs each week at the following times GMT: Friday: 1930; Saturday: 1430; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0830.

Click here for more on earthrise.

244

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.
join our mailing list