SPEAK FOR THE TREES! Join us Saturday, Nov. 7 10:30am-12:00pm for a GREEN RIBBON TYING CEREMONY around some of the thousands of urban trees that will be deforested for the coming of SWLRT.
Children and Adults Will “Speak for the Trees”
IN THE FACE OF MET COUNCIL PLAN TO CLEAR-CUT URBAN FOREST
OCTOBER 26, 2015, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. / Twin City tree-lovers of all ages are invited to help demonstrate the effect of the Met Council’s proposed destruction of 44 acres of Minneapolis urban forest at
Speak for the Trees Day
Kenilworth Corridor (behind 2512 Upton Ave South) Saturday, November 7
10:30 to noon; Reading of The Lorax at 11:00
Free warm cider and cookies
Participants will dramatize the magnitude of the proposed clear-cutting by tying green ribbons around thousands of trees the Met Council would destroy to make way for the proposed Southwest LRT. The number of trees to be cut down — 5,000 of them fully mature — would dwarf the number lost in the catastrophic summer solstice storm of 2013.
Families are encouraged to bring children to the event, which will feature music, and cider and cookies donated by Barbette restaurant. There will be a reading from The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s beloved story about the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler, who wants to cut them down. A celebrity reader has been invited.
Speak for the Trees Day is sponsored by the Lakes and Parks Alliance of Minneapolis, a grassroots organization opposed to routing light rail through the environmentally sensitive Chain of Lakes area.
Light rail is often described as an environmentally preferred mode of transportation. But clear- cutting Minneapolis’ largest urban forest would significantly and permanently damage Minneapolis air quality. Each year, a single acre of trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by driving a car 26,000 miles, according to the Arbor Environmental Alliance. The loss of 44 acres of trees in the Kenilworth Corridor would mean they would no longer be there to absorb, annually, the amount of CO2 produced by cars driving 1.14 million miles. The area designated for clear-cutting is also habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, turtles, geese and ducks, loons, egrets, herons, owls, and lately, eagles.
“The Met Council’s plan to destroy Minneapolis’ largest urban forest flies in the face of the urgent, worldwide movement to preserve trees,” said George Puzak, an LPA board member. “Clear-cutting of forests is known to contribute to global warming. We think the Met Council should choose a more environmentally friendly route for light rail.”
The event site, behind 2512 Upton Av. S., can be reached from the corner of Upton and Sheridan west of Lake of the Isles; or by a two-block walk from Cedar Lake Parkway near Cedar Lake South Beach. Directional signs will be posted.