On Trees and Democracy: An Arborist’s Open Letter to Herschel Walker

Source: Common Dreams
by Joe Lamb

“Dear deniers of the importance of trees: As an arborist with 37 years’ experience taking care of trees, I take issue with one of your attacks on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Your casual claim that ‘we have too many trees’ could not be further from the truth. As someone who has pruned, planted, and doctored trees in the urban forest for over three decades, I want to testify that trees are not the enemy; in fact, they are our allies. … Enemies do exist, but who are they really? In the 1930s and 40s, America’s enemies included the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the global spread of supremacist fascism. Back then, trees helped us defeat those evil monsters. America is fighting similarly evil enemies now: entrenched poverty, the Climate Catastrophe, and yet another round of supremacist fascism [sic].” (09/07/22)