TAZO will launch a new initiative, TAZO Tree Corps, to help combat climate change in the most impacted communities across the US.
TAZO Tree Corps, which launches this spring, is a paid, locally hired workforce that will use tree planting and maintenance to help combat climate change and create new jobs in economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods and communities of colour “because trees have the power to transform neighbourhoods”.
The initiative has been created in partnership with American Forests. The TAZO Tree Corps will be a paid cohort of 25 locally hired fellows employed by The Davey Tree Expert Company who will receive training in climate justice advocacy as well as tree planting and maintenance. They will work over the next two years to achieve measurable “tree equity” in five cities – Minneapolis, MN, Detroit, MI, the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Richmond, VA and The Bronx, NY – where historical discriminating zoning practices have left many low-income communities and communities of colour with less green space.
Singer-songwriter SZA, who is supporting the project, said: “Across the country, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities communities are facing the worst effects of climate change because they live in neighbourhoods that are disproportionately burdened with more pollutants and fewer trees. Planting trees can help improve everything – from air quality to economic opportunity to mental health – and everybody deserves these benefits.”
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