Interfaith tree planting in East Oakland

On Saturday, October 3, nearly 40 volunteers from different walks of life — including members of the board and staff of Episcopal Charities, the Bishop’s staff, and Episcopal congregations — came together to plant trees in East Oakland. Youth and seniors worked side by side digging holes in the earth and bringing new life to two residential blocks off of International Boulevard. The event was organized by Episcopal Charities, California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL), and Urban ReLeaf in honor of CIPL’s 15th anniversary. These groups mobilized congregations and the wider community to support environmental justice by providing the benefits of the urban tree canopy to underserved neighborhoods. The day opened with an interfaith prayer service and concluded with a celebratory pizza lunch.

Urban ReLeaf is a community organization that plants trees while providing job training to at-risk youth. For almost 20 years, Urban ReLeaf has brought the environmental, health, and community benefits of the urban tree canopy to underserved neighborhoods. CIPL has roots in the Episcopal Church and mobilizes the faith community to respond to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. The partnership between CIPL and Urban ReLeaf is funded through a grant from Episcopal Charities.

 

All photos by MJ Leechor.