Of Need For Trees
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A grassroots group of Detroiters looks
to revitalize Arbor Day.
Shelli Liebman Dorfman
often-forgotten holiday and to link with
local and national companies and groups
to help plant trees.
n idea spurred a few months
"We reached out to organizations to sign
back with a simple query about a their names onto the idea, looking for their
date has become a plan to plant
support, not for funds': Drissman said.
30 trees in the city of Detroit.
"We were blown away by the tremendous
It began when a col-
response. We have Jews from all walks of
league in the Warren-
life joining with local Detroit groups to
Ventures Inc. office,
Supporters include Kosher Michigan
managed by Ezra
and its director, Rabbi Jason Miller, and the
Drissman, asked 'When
Jewish Hour radio program.
is Arbor Day?'
"God is the creator of the world, and
After a look at the cal- the Jewish attitude toward the environ-
. endar revealed the holi-
ment must be seen in this framework, that
Ezra Drissman day will be celebrated on
humankind and Jews, in particular, should
April 27, the company's
recognize and serve God in whatever
staff created the Arbor Day Revitalization
ways He commands," said Rabbi Hershel
Project, with Drissman as its spokesman.
Finman, host of the Jewish Hour. "The issue
"It was started as a collabora-
of sustainability plays a crucial role in the
tion between EcoGreen's sites —
contemporary environmental discourse; its
GreenCareersGuide.com , Eco20-20.com
main aim being to create equal chances for
and GreatGreenldea.com — as an educa-
tional push to revitalize the importance of
Along with celebrity supporter, actor,
planting trees': said Drissman of Oak Park, activist Ed Begley Jr. and out-of-state back-
international spokesman for EcoGreen,
ers, other Michigan-based companies and
formed in 2007 to educate about the green
organizations have joined in.
Local supporters include TVI Supply,
The Arbor Day Revitalization Project
Technology Ventures, ARISE Detroit!,
teamed up with 25 national and Michigan- Maxi Container, Roi Chinn, POWERleap,
based companies and groups to spread the
MI Rain Barrel, Mower Gang, Eight Mile
word about the holiday and to help pro-
Boulevard Association, Zwick & Banyai
mote a tree-planting event in Detroit and
P.L.L.C, Future Oxygen, REB Research &
one in Los Angeles.
Consulting and the Macomb Chamber of
The local tree planting will take place
from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in
"Support ranges, but all have signed
the Van Stueben community, a Detroit
onto the Arbor Day Revitalization Project
residential area. At least 50 volunteers are
goal: planting trees in the city of Detroit':
The USDA/USFS Great Lakes
"Trees play a crucial role in protecting
Restoration Initiative EAB and the Osborn
the environment, but have a cash-positive
Neighborhood have funded the cost
result when it comes to sewer run-off. At
of planting the 30 trees — at $130 per
a time when our city is hurting, this event
full-grown tree — partnering with the
will help give back and show that the com-
Greening of Detroit.
munity is here to support.
"Our larger goal is to encourage people
"There are very few things better for
to plant a tree wherever they are, including
the environment than planting a tree','
at their homes': Drissman said.
Drissman said. ❑
Jews And The Environment
The project may be new, but Arbor Day is
celebrating its 140th anniversary. It was
created in 1872 by Detroiter and University
of Michigan graduate J. Sterling Morton to
encourage individuals and groups to plant
and care for trees.
The Arbor Day Revitalization Project
was formed to bring awareness to this
The 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 29,
Arbor Day Revitalization Project
tree planting will be in the Van
Stueben residential community,
17246 Strasburg St., Detroit. To
volunteer or for details, email
com or call (586) 563-2000.
Volunteers must pre-register.
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