For those of you who have been following the blog, you know that we have been passionately supporting Casey Trees, the Brookland based organization whoes mission is to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.
Recently we shared with you volunteer opportunities near our neighborhood. You may want to see if there are still spots left available for these plantings in Edgewood, Langdon Park or Michigan Park.
Today I would like to introduce you to the Advocacy Program at Casey Trees. The program is based on the following idea:
- Everyone benefits from a healthy tree canopy.
- Find people in your community and start a conversation about the value of D.C.’s tree canopy and the need to protect it.
- Take one of our Action Alerts or attend an event and make your voice heard.
This program offers you the opportunity to meet fellow tree lovers, advocates and activists. You can share experiences and ideas, and most importantly you are introduced to information, legislation, and strategies that will help you in your efforts to protect trees.
The next Advocates Meeting is scheduled for March 20, this time with a special presentation:
This month’s Tree Advocates Meeting will include an hour-long public speaking training, “Speak Like A Pro”. This training will discuss the essentials of competence and character when giving a presentation, providing public testimony, or speaking with a key decision-maker. The instructor*, a professionally-trained, public speaking coach, will identify the six key steps of an effective presentation and discuss three principles of influence.
Of course this is just part of the agenda. Read more details on the registration page. The Casey Trees Advocacy Team can also share their efforts to support the fight to preserve the Brookland Green. They are 100% behind the neighborhoods effort to save the “Green” including the Brookland Bridge petition which has been presented to WMATA and the city council members.
The very sad incident in Bloomingdale just a few days ago, where about 100 trees were purposefully damaged, underlines the need for all of us to be vigilant, to not only look after the trees in our yard, but also the trees in public spaces. Maybe most importantly though we need to create awareness among our neighbors and friends about how important trees are for our daily lives and well being. All this is easier as a group, with a support structure and guidance. Take advantage of the great Advocacy program at Casey Trees, join the group of wonderful people and make a difference.