Groundwork Denver Launches 'Anita Needs a Tree' Campaign to Plant 200 Trees in Low-Income Communities

Groundwork Denver launches 'Anita Needs a Tree' campaign to plant 200 trees in low-income, predominantly Black and Brown communities, improving air quality and providing much-needed green spaces.

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Groundwork Denver Launches 'Anita Needs a Tree' Campaign to Plant 200 Trees in Low-Income Communities

Groundwork Denver Launches 'Anita Needs a Tree' Campaign to Plant 200 Trees in Low-Income Communities. Photo credit: CBS

Groundwork Denver has launched the 'Anita Needs a Tree' campaign to plant 200 trees in the low-income, predominantly Black and Brown communities of Commerce City and Sheridan, Colorado, from April 19 to May 4, 2024. The goal of the initiative is to improve air quality and provide much-needed green spaces for these areas that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution from nearby highways and industries.

The campaign was inspired by Anita, a long-time resident of Commerce City, who reached out to Groundwork Denver for help getting trees planted in her neighborhood. "The lack of trees and green spaces in these communities is conspicuous," said Aracely Navarro, the director of climate justice at Groundwork Denver. "Our mission is to provide low-cost trees and services to homeowners and low-income communities."

Commerce City and Sheridan are particularly affected by poor air quality due to their proximity to highways and industrial areas. The city of Sheridan alone has three highways and a significant amount of high-end industry. The trees being planted as part of the campaign, such as the Hackberry tree, are adaptable to Colorado's weather conditions and will help absorb carbon monoxide and improve oxygen levels in the area.

Why this matters: The 'Anita Needs a Tree' campaign highlights the ongoing environmental injustice faced by low-income and minority communities. By providing access to green spaces and improving air quality, Groundwork Denver is working to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for residents who have been disproportionately affected by pollution.

Homeowners who have received trees from Groundwork Denver have already reported benefits such as cost savings and a healthier environment. "The trees will help cool the area, clean the air, filter polluted runoff, prevent flooding, and create habitats," Navarro explained.

Key Takeaways

  • Groundwork Denver launches 'Anita Needs a Tree' to plant 200 trees in Commerce City and Sheridan.
  • Goal is to improve air quality and provide green spaces in low-income, predominantly Black and Brown communities.
  • Trees help absorb carbon monoxide and improve oxygen levels, addressing environmental injustice.
  • Homeowners report cost savings and healthier environment from trees provided by Groundwork Denver.