City Plants organization seeks to make Los Angeles greener – NBC Los Angeles
Did you adopt a plant during the pandemic? Did it tragically dry up and die within weeks? Yeah, mine too.
During the pandemic, many of us have taken up new hobbies or hobbies. For some, this may have included plants.
Becoming a plant parent is not easy. It takes a lot of time, effort and a ton of patience.
While it doesn’t take much searching to find a beginner’s guide or video tutorial on how to care for our newly adopted plants, trees, and flowers, becoming a new plant parent can be overwhelming.
In partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City Plants offers a wide variety of plants and trees to help “create a greener future for Los Angeles by engaging Angelenos to plant and maintain trees throughout the city”.
The organization often hosts adoption events and a series of programs to help plant trees in the city.
“At City Plants, we envision a Los Angeles in which residents of all neighborhoods have equal access to trees and their benefits: clean air, energy efficiency, better health, cooling shade, and friendlier, more vibrant communities,” says the website.
Trees are an essential part of our neighborhoods, highlighting the theme of tree equity, as many low-income towns do not benefit from tree-lined streets.
“Due to decades of redlining and other discriminatory policies, trees are often scarce in neighborhoods with more low-income families and people of color,” according to American Forests.
Along with half a dozen nonprofit partners and several LA City departments, the organization helps plant and distribute 20,000 trees a year to help transform streets and neighborhoods, according to their site.
In order to one day achieve full tree equity, “we need to plant and grow 522 million trees across urbanized America, according to our 2021 Tree Equity Score,” according to American Forests.
City Plants joins several organizations in a tree planting event on Saturday, April 9 for National Tree Day. Residents can RSVP here.