Hi, my name is Tara and I would like to be remembered for loving and saving trees 🌳 🌲
Almost a year ago, I started a movement to save 74 trees from removal by the power company SDG&E in a nearby park, including endangered Torrey Pines. I started a petition, I went door to door and spoke to hundreds of neighbors, I handed out thousands of flyers, I went to countless meetings. I called my councilwoman about a dozen times and inundated SDG&E and the city with emails and phone calls daily. Finally, I hired a master arborist to access the trees as a third party. And after many months, SDG&E agreed to come out and go tree by tree with myself, the arborist, the city council and the planning board to explain to us their reasoning behind removal.
After months of back and forth between myself, the city, SDG&E, MAD, the planning board and city council, we managed to save 39 of these gorgeous trees, as well as get SDG&E to agree to a 2-1 tree replacement/beautification project, which I will be on the committee for.
When I started this mission, so many people told me I was crazy. Why go up against a billion dollar a year company, they asked. Who cares about this one park, they wondered. How would I get the city of San Diego, a place I literally only moved to 3 years ago, to hear me? They questioned.
I’ve shared an article in my stories today, kind words that the news recently had to say about these efforts. And here’s what I have to say:
One person is all it takes. If you care about this planet, your environment, your community and your health, show people. Become the example. Let people know how you feel. Let people hear what you’re going through. Vote. Post. Share. Use your voice. If I had never said anything, all 74 trees would already be gone .... last year. I am not from here. I’m from an island, New York. Except no one realizes it is an island because we have cut down all the trees and replaced them with buildings. I grew up in a town called Floral Park. A town with very little to no wildlife and one small park. I could not watch the same thing happen to the Torrey Pines area. Not on my watch.
There is no Planet B. Let’s save this one 🌎❤️🌲🌳