6. TreePeople & Climate Justice: Prescriptions to Heal Communities | with Cindy Montanez
welcome back to another episode of raising the bar. We are super excited to have. Cindy montana's the ceo of tree people on the show today while she's amazing. We really enjoyed the conversation. It was super lightning to learn. Not only about panting trees but how they affect urban communities and how it can really help all of us and how we can really get involved. I mean when things. I loved about her. Why we wanted to play this episode for you guys right now in this time is because as you know government can get. Re polarized people can stop listening can only be screaming now. She has been a political powerhouse her whole life. She was a mayor at a very young age. Jenner twenty s choose. The youngest woman ever elected to california state assembly and then she left all that to go run. La dwp pursuing her passion huge and make it a clean energy source which is one of the biggest h- utilities in the country. And now she's out running organizations. You're gonna love her. You're gonna love her mission lever story so listen up cinema. She's amazing we'll catch guys at the end everybody. Welcome back to the raising the bar. Podcast adrian alley here excited to take To build a display or have a conversation today with another one of our impressive impact leader. Today we have cindy montana's on who's the ceo of tree. People and i'm excited to be in this conversation with you. I know even for myself. I have lots of education. There's a big education gap for me around the environment around conservation really around climate justice as you talked about right before we started so i can't wait to be in the conversation i got connected to cindy be a mutual friend who is a part of leadership of genetics. Who's a very forward thinking organization. So when i asked her. Hey who do you know that other people need to know and her first person. The list was cindy monson. As saying you're the one most influential people Win in california politics so excited to get to know you and excited for audience to get to know us. Cindy's with thanks for being on my pleasure. Thank you both for doing this. I think I mean as as the person who's in trying to make a difference in the world. It's always wonderful to listen to your podcast. Mike listen to what other entrepreneurs and like impact leaders are doing is we. We all just have a lot to learn and when when we connect our movements just bigger so yeah looking forward to the opposition at our listeners. And you know really really connecting with each other as much as possible. I feel like if you live in. La you know would treat. People is for the most part. But why don't we start there like explain. 'cause i know i you know we lived in laurel canyon before where we are now and i would always pass tree people and everyone knows it but i i know there's more to it than meets the is gonna give us kind of an overview of what it is so i have the best job in the world being you re people. I mean it is such an amazing organization movement because we are really a movement of people that care about nature and we are tree people one word. There is no separation between the tree and jibaro always want to separate are. It's one word one word of. Because i mean that's the feeling of of organization and the movement is that we are connected and should be connected to the earth into into nature We are planting trees all over from the national forest. Us like forest areas to the beautiful santa monica mountains which are located in los angeles and and have some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world odd urban areas in the heart of los angeles. That have very low tree canopy coverage and we do this with volunteers. We have a year after year over ten thousand people that come out and just give us their time to help plant trees either in their own neighborhood or go and they'll help another neighborhood out and in addition to that Food before there was kovin. We had aeko tours. So we had these beautiful award winning eco-tours people come up to four hundred plus acre park right in the heart of los angeles. And we have these eco-tours were kids are learning about trees and water in soil Our characters dr dirt for example who has funding. And it's out there kids about dirt and And i have to say like those eco-tours are really beautiful Because sometimes it's the first time that a child from the urban area gets exposed to nature miss the week kids go up to them to you again on the heart of los angeles beautiful park coldwater canyon park and the kids will ask you know. Are there going to be bears. That are gonna come out because like we're in the forest so it's just it's a wonderful organization movement of people. We have people from all over. Not just los angeles but all over the world tree people done were a work. In other parts of the world so we have airlifted of fruit trees to areas in africa that have experienced famines. We have partnered with cities across the country. There are tree. People just snot official treat people affiliated groups but they were trained by people and the people have started their own tree people groups all over the world. We just had a beautiful at the day with three people. London and we have done work in australia. We just had the mexican war ministry of forestry reach out to us because they love deprogramming doing in spanish so tree people what we believe is everyone is three people because we all connect to a tree right if we all knew about it. We have those beautiful connections to a tree and And do we just want to you. Know use our movement to unify more communities he'll communities And bring people together to green the earth especially as we experienced the stress from a change. There's no better time that we could actually come together as communities to make a difference and we can make a difference. That's that's what's that's what's amazing about the work that we do is that everyone whether you're little can or someone who's older everyone can plant a seed and be part of making a difference through that simple act of nineteen etry. Yeah they'll plant attorneys. Barring a couple of things popped up for me first off as a dad of young kids. I hope we get to open the door tours again soon. 'cause i'm i and we were just talking right before we got on about. How much of a nerd i am. We talk about that a lot. Anybody who follows us online knows about many things and we were talking about. I'm not a technical nerve buddy. I'm honored like this at the table last night. I was talking about why we eat the skin on vegetables because of the nutrient burden. That's where the nutrients are. They weren't as interested as i wasn't trying to get into all the whole. You know full explanation of what. I learned bio two and high school but most aren't but i i to meet mr durr man. I wanna go on that tour but the so anyway. The first one of the first things you've talked about that really connected with me. I love the educational side of it. But for those that don't care or don't you naturally connect with in your passion is so innate for you rights of but for those that don't kind of get what's it all about like three people we ought to be connected to trees give kind of your view on why it's a good thing for all those even the even the folks had maybe too busy. I've twenty five things to care about the canopy. Isn't that interesting to me. Why is finding a way to care even a little bit. Good idea for the everyday Citizen that 'cause i didn't i was like just everybody just know what i mean. I know like at a very like surface level. Why it's good to have trees. But like i think it. I just felt kind of stupid asking that question. No it's actually a great question. And i hope this day. What do we need trees increase. We treating if you go to people's website right you could get like the twenty two benefits planted tree and he'd go through all these benefits from from air pollution right. Treasonable capture the carbon and other talks the air. The roots stem serves like a sponge so when flooding happens. A trees help prevent flooding because the tree goods hampshire waters shimmeran. Yes though that have instead of having all this. Urban water runoff alluded water on streets. If you'd have trees especially big trees they'll capture water. Civil prevent all that water from contaminated rivers or streams ultimately in the ocean trees obviously considerably contributed biodiversity. A city like los angeles is one of the burden. Cities in the world is birds in in los angeles and most most areas. People don't know that but it's because we have all these trees and some he's for trees on and on. But i have to tell you that our work like it even moves beyond the environmental benefits of trees. The human benefits writing like adrian. You're talking about you to get your kids out I have been advanced. Where i've come up. I've gone to our volunteers and ask me. Hey good morning. Glad you're out here volunteering. Which looks like you're having a great time and people have turned around and said he notes. I am so happy to be out here. Because i had nowhere else to go and i was feeling really bad today. I remember one. Day was like valentine's day around valentine's day and this young woman was just like yeah. All my friends have these dates. And like i don't have anywhere to go and she's like this is so much fun. I'm glad that i'm here with three people. She's like. I'm texting them. Come over because this is and some people were like. Yeah this is the place to be coming out here planting trees for whatever reasons i mean it. Sometimes we have people that are just on our part and they're just sitting there under a tree and they're just you know they're there because they want to heal and so we've also seen the incredible benefits of just human health mental health right the beyond the environmental health so whatever. The person's perspective is on the environment. But we have seen that everybody cares about the environment you know. Our donors are you know. Liberal donors tune very conservative donors are volunteers very conservative. Very liberal in their political perspectives and trees are optical in a trees are everyone and and that's why we say it's like what If you wanna come out and you wanna make a difference. Not just for times today. But that's the plant is gonna have a benefit for generations to come because he's beautiful oak trees that i'm like you know around right now. They live four hundred years old. The sequoia are two thousand years old. Funny i'm working with like a nutrition coach and literally just yesterday. We were having a conversation. She's like can you get to like a park and like walk around barefoot. I'm like what why. And she was like. Because it's like issues like i know it. Sounds kinda hokey. But it's really good for your mental and there is like some like healing and grounding that you know she was like really talking so much about yesterday we have to go to pan pacific. And i did take me shoes off. They feet in the ground made a difference right now. It's strengthening yeah. That's that's that's actually where i was headed on a couple fronts. One is we were just. We just walked. My parents are in town. We walked them to breakfast. Walking back in one of the planes stopped and looked at. Was this huge beautiful tree at another species of it but it really breathtaking tree. And i was thinking about how much wonder there wasn't that and we stopped and looked and wondered about this and that and and even beyond that i was thinking i don't know i don't. I've never met a person that when you ask them how they center themselves or how they had their own connection to any kind of type thing. That nature isn't a part of that conversation. Solitude and appreciating the natural world is a healthy rounding point to use your word about grant my fifteen year. Old son did a program. That's it was called wilderness where he literally lived off the land for about sixty days. I mean they brought in certain things but like when we went to him. I mean he was like i could live out here forever. Mom like he. He made rings out of you know at of what is it juniper. I think he did like an like spoons. And emmy he's and he could. I mean he just like he could live off the land and it was an issue would imagine it was a really healing experience for both of are right and we have seen that now with the pandemic that the world is is facing right that the more that we were told to be inside in the state for home orders went in and the more we were just connected from other as humans. The the next thing that we people wanted to do was like. I want to be a nature right outside again around my friends. I'm going to go. And i'm gonna look for that park where there's that beautiful tree or i'm going to walk spree trees the next best thing fact that great things after he he gave me nutty shown and we actually have three people are now leading is going to be like cutting edge research on the direct mental health benefits of trees especially in urban areas to until house onto their studies in japan is leaders is You'd have forest bathing so alliens what you're talking about with or spayed you'd go out and you put your you connect to the soils you connect to trees and it is very much considered a therapeutic to help. People heal both from visible illnesses and also to have mental strength so we are now at tree people Beginning that research with its top universities and researchers so that in urban areas we begin to make a case for why more trees should be planted. Not just for again that the environmental benefits but also the human in the mental health benefits pretty close staff. I mean the scan this phone. What we're what we're doing at people is all about healing communities and healing the earth. And i think by healing communities in to earth we bring people together and we heal each other and we work with each other and we strengthen each other you know and we connect in a way. That's very profound very meaningful and it's very long lasting We have seen people. I mean we've been around now for about fifty fifty years are almost fifty years. Our founders started three people when he was just a teenager. You know he goes up on a camp you know or or through up into the san bernardino mountains is camp. Counselor tells them you know andy. These trees because so much pollution in los angeles. This is in the seventies These trees are going to be dead. You know before you guys. Are you know adults. And it scared the heck out of them so teenagers started planting trees in that area and later on he. Here's a story that the Forestry division in the state of california was gonna kill about twenty thousand seaplanes so he writes them a letter and he's like those seedlings we wanna plant them and the forest service was the like or is like well. You need to pay some outrageous amount of money so what happens. He comes back to los angeles. The la times writes this story. And it's like andy versus deadwood. Eurocracy started sending money to his house. Major his parents call him. He's like andy you won't because there's all these like envelopes to the house really hundreds and then thousands of envelops this house of people from los angeles and all over the world standing over a dollar twenty five cents. You know ten dollars. Whatever to help him save the trees. That's how treat people was born by. Is there today here. we are. You know we're probably over fifteen million dollars now year of just investments that we're making communities throughout but our basis definitely the people in communities that continue just to give us what they can because I think everybody in everybody like in this world idea believes i'm how has that special connecting connection back to a tree or or to nature and and again all believe back that have have a have an ability to really make a difference now and for the future by again giving trees myfm one of my favorite books that you must know that book yes to give tree. It's so it is great. And and as i said i mean you. This isn't this is something that's uniting. It isn't about You know any political perspective. It's really a in business together. Foundations individuals schools kids adults. We people from all over the world. I've been at tree-planting events where somebody is or several people are around a tree in someone. Speaking farsi some into golic. Somebody's speaking spanish. They're not. Nobody's speaking english yet. Everybody's understanding each other. Sure that simple acts of planting a truly. Yeah that's beautiful even as we've been i've been i've been reminding myself memories of coming back about. I was even up me. being up. Walking into the forest and the upper peninsula of michigan was eighteen years old and Just having quite a personal on a breakthrough type experience in there just being amidst you know you don't something that felt really untouched. Even a little bit different than an urban urban setting but it is quite. It is quite healing. Tell us about you know. I'd love to hear some about your own story i is. I'm in this conversation already sad. Because i wanna talk to you for four hours. So i've got lots of things going through my head even about the political stephen globally politically shoes in rainforests. And all that. I'm sure you've got you an expert in that field so but let to hear some about your own journey. Just because as our listeners are ambitious smart applied people i love when our impact leaders get to share share about their own journey where they've you know leverage. Their leadership capacity ended up pointing outwards into society at large to hear some of your personal journey. How what landed you here and how you got here. Yeah so I mean my connection to nature goes back As many people to you know memories of child rights Parents you know we grew up very poor. My parents both immigrated to this country and even though we report. My dad always made sure that over the summer as we take a drive along california's beautiful coast and we would go into national forests. We would go out to lakes. We were always around nature. But i grew up in a in an area. That didn't have a lot of trees and lots of pollution. And i also grew up at stories of my parents is talking about you. Know how beautiful there you know where they came from their hometowns or their villages. Were but then. I remember a time when we went to mexico which is where my My parents are from and we went to a silver mine where my grandfather worked and this is the place where there was an explosion and my grandfather was in that mine exploded and it was a devastating accident. My dad tells us these stories. You know here. He was seven year. Old with like A tweezers taking little rocks out of like my grandfather's back. And i remember going to that silver mine and i was a little girl and i just. I took this rock. You know from that silver mine and we went later went to my grandfather's tombstone and i had that rock and i put like that rock. You know on his chin stone. And i told myself as bryson you know. I'm gonna like dedicate my life to fighting against the exploitation of people and the exploitation of the environment and so now being at treat people it's all about helping in a positive way both nature and people and throughout my life. You know i You know we would do beach. Cleanups you know here with heal the bay. Another incredible nonprofit located in los angeles and I i became a member of the california state legislature. When i was twenty eight years old was the youngest woman ever elected california state legislature. Before that i had served on my city council and mayor of my city and in my agenda there was always issue of the environment. I wonder like twenty five. When you're the mayor right over that are just the mayor was you. I go into elected office. And i always had the environment at the core of what i was doing. No i was. I was boop pushing for protecting our oceans protecting our for as to also you know fighting for bringing environment into urban areas like the ones that i had grown up in and fighting pollution and The more that i did this the conversation went from just like you know beautify neighborhoods or fighting pollution to dow addressing climate change right so my work is very much about addressing. What i think is one of the world's most pressing brett's which is a because of the changing climate. We see these days of extreme heat right where we have doubling or tripling of the days that are going to be ninety five degrees hotter our research research that we're conducting with top. Scientists in the world shows that people especially african american and african american women and latinos and the elderly have almost fifty percent higher likelihood of dying after the fifth consecutive day of of whether words ninety five degrees or hotter so people literally die. There is a direct connection between extreme heat and people's like ended up in the hospital or even worse dad and what are some ways wolf communities. You plant trees to help. Cool unity's right and the threats. We see wildfires. California is literally on fire because again of the way we have manager forest better but the changing climate also creates this you know situation where we have increased wildfires and then we're going to have flooding. There's days where it's gonna be years where it's going to be really dry. And we will experience droughts as we have you know in in recent years and then we're going to have very wet years so very erratic climate so we all have to do something about it that impacts everyone. it doesn't matter again in the world you live and it doesn't matter what your you know how much money you have or don't have. We are all being impacted by the changing climate and therefore we have a responsibility to do something about it. So my life. I think from that very dislike rahm moment of a child feeling something like you know painful because of my my family history like that rob feeling still exist with me where it still is about protecting people's protecting the environment and that's ultimately like our work at treat people is about and that's what might fight for for addressing binding solutions on climate. Change comes from protecting people in protecting the environment and and talk more about. I feel like i should know more about like what are the things that you can do. You help climate change me and obviously planting trees and cooling down communities. That makes a lot of sense to me. Can you connect the dots between how planting trees actually does golden communities to great questions right and so the i definitely like there is so much we can all do but not everybody can afford you know to to to do everything solar on their homes and like know electric electric vehicles. And there's a lot of things that we can do right. Sustainable clothing being very conscious of where we buy our clothes and like you know The goes on and on and on what what we eat or what we don't eat but everybody can be art of. That's lucien of planting trees and it's fun. It's a it's a one of the most wonderful like activities you can do in why all this is important again. Goes back to real solutions viable solutions. That have to happen now. So we look at the extreme heat. If we plant trees we just released a study. Recently that shows We basically come up with different. We call him prescriptions right prescription to heal it community if we plant eight forty percent increase tree canopy coverage in a community by forty percent. We literally now shin. Measure have estimates of how much cooler a community can be so we can cool an air entire city like los angeles especially down people. Walk by you know one degrees or we could slow down the impacts of climate change which is amazing. It is truly amazing that we can model that because of all his sophisticated modeling that we can do. We can say by planting by increasing tree canopy coverage by forty percent and then increasing reflectively right. So you want you want turn to reflect like you don't want dark surfaces for example on. Your roofs won't cool roofs right. You don't want the you want it to be cool. You want to increase reflectively you want to like be able to pull communities we now we now have ideas of how much more we can do to literally pool communities and trees being this another. It's a wonderful thing about trees too. I mean when you're walking under a tree if functions like an air conditioner because you have all air coming from the soil right. Evapotranspiration what is called so you have pool air coming from the soil and then you also have the trees and the leaves releasing cooler air so where you are where. We are walking as humans. It's like an air conditioner so if you stand under a tree and you literally walk away from a tree there could be ten or fifteen degrees difference. Oh it's so true. I mean we we go to the park. We go to in hollywood at the holly at hollywood park or something. And it's like there's a couple of big trees that are like a round hits true it does feel like and it will be a super holiday. We always like purchase under the tree. And it's super cool and you're right when you walk out. It feels like ten degrees hotter. Ucla students come out with us. We have thermometers and temperature. We take temperature readings and it like if you are like on in the middle of the street that could be like you know twenty difference from a sidewalk and then you're on a sidewalk the trees so there's so there there is a difference so there these fully abilities do exist and again that's why you treat people and the and our partners. The work that we're doing is so important because we don't have to wait decades and decades we literally could plant trees and we can start seeing these impacts very shortly yes so so when you say cooling communities i hear two things one is is a natural effect. The trees put off air. And there's also the mostly the most of the cooling communities idea is that is that it's cooler on the ground underneath shade. Guess at so what you're doing. You're are literally protecting kids as they walked to school with their parents or like senior citizens may just want take a stroller families. I wanna take a stroll around the neighborhood. We are now protecting peoples from the threats of climate change. So that's why we don't want people to feel overwhelmed. You know 'cause the whole climate change like someone may not be able to stop you know polluting factory or we may not ever be able to get off of fossil fuels right. There are things that Will still continue to exist by three people. Look at it from the perspective of like. Well what can we do neighborhoods. You know what we do to help communities now and dude in a way. That isn't that's the dude that's right and that's why we have such large partnerships from like your company companies like we have partnerships from you know villains philanthropy philanthropist from all over the world i mean we we get resources from people throughout the country because people are seeing like this. This is one of the best things that we can currently do to address like climate change and You don't again are our model is always. It's about people personal responsibility right. And it's in it's about making it fun and it's healthy and we take our process and we share we share as a model for the world. So this is it's it's all scalable right which is really important as you're building movements as you building business. It's like how do you scale and the things that we do. We heard asli design it so it can be scaled and so it can be very easily implemented or ever. A person may be anywhere in the world. Yeah but i'm thinking. So i wanna i wanna get back to that. The the thing that comes to mind is the idea of climate. Change is such a political punching bag now and it's back and forth and it's kind of this even the recent debates get into that but the It can be so big and then controlled by such huge powers that the everyday person. It's not. It's not accessible what i hear. A part of the gift of tree people to the conversation is that you allow an accessibility because anybody can come. Sounds like come and be a part of an income and then ignited the next levels advocate for which i love to hear fat like as you as you think about. You've built your model that scalable globally. What is the talk about the advocacy piece and what people can do Either in their neighborhood. Or if i'm going to go on a live here that a lot of the people that live at listen getting out on a limb here at announced that judges come with being a dad but most of our listeners are probably in well canopied neighborhoods. So if you want to advocate for a poorly canopied neighborhood how does one go about that. And how do you get involved in something like that and tell us about how you. You know advocate inside Bureaucracies and push push people to open up new programs and that kind of thing. Yeah exactly so and the thing is about on the barman is that impacts. All of us right. What the other side of the world or what's happening in the arctic it's like it impacts all of us right so what we do in our neighborhoods is really important and you know if we are lucky to have beautiful trees on our property. We have to do everything we can to to make sure that that we're taking care of them and that's like one of the things we can do but helping others it. It's it is part of being human human that we bring a good one. Yeah human itis out. And we have so many opportunities across areas like los angeles and cities throughout the world where we can go in and go out for example like here in los angeles A tree people's working with about thirty partners in community called watts watts in nineteen sixty five went through a major the watts riots as their calls right to look at look at the history there was fires there was you know a lot of Damage that was caused to that to that neighborhood People fighting against any of the issues be here now right racial injustice and a wanted wanting to have more economic prosperity so at that time there was about thirty five million dollars worth of damage. Two years ago people worked with about thirty partners Community partners to bring in thirty five million on one shot and another thirty five million from the federal government Under this administration to be able to reinvest in a community like watts African american community and we are now doing from building affordable housing to Putting solar on on rooftops to do an electric vehicles electric charging stations greening schools planting trees. Weather is in homs. I mean it is just amazing. All these different solutions as a community. And so what's about it is that we have brilliant you know forward-thinking business people working with the community working with public agencies to transform a community and when you go out there and as we're out there we're organizing the community. It's this it feels incredible right. Because you feel like you're doing justice to where there was injustice in history and and people are welcoming all of us you know with elwyn with open arms and the communities really engaged and and that's the kind of those are the kinds of things that we can do Especially know people who are fortunate able to give a little bit back to the community knows are the types of projects that that at exist. I mean we give out fruit trees. Even during this. Kobe situation in in southeast los angeles. Which again is High poverty and a lot of environmental just challenges in communities like that We organized a co bid safe route tree distribution where we were giving out fruit trees to people that otherwise would not. Have you know food right. In the long term for teaching people how to grow their own fruit their their food and the community welcomed us with open arms and we had people from all over the region in and help us. So i encourage you. Everyone especially entrepreneurs who know how to run businesses how to make a difference how to sail impact. You know. I really encourage you to join. Abc part of organizations and movements like tree people. Because you know you you're able to incorporate yourself into the fabric of a community. And i think all of us together truly can make communities better places and we we can make the world a better place. There's no question about it but we have to do it together. Regardless of what industry or in everyone can really come together around the environment inside courage we have. We have programs called for example teams or trees and our teams for trees. All about businesses bringing their Their employees together. Yeah and since teamster trees and so businesses come together. A greener employs together and we are from forests to the mountains to urban areas. First and we let the business decide a lot of businesses. Say you know we want to go into the for neighborhoods. That don't have a lot of trees because we just want to feel like more connected in these communities some will say we wind to the national forests and we want to take our teams out there so this team's retreat incredibly successful and we have all kinds of businesses that are part of tree people in helping us make a difference. Can i ask a silly question. How long does it take. I'm sure it varies like a tree to grow. That's a great question so depends on the trees right what we have we. We always say we're gonna plant but right at the right time in the right place right so they are different Micro climates within even los angeles right so depending on the region that we're in will decide. What tree is the right tree We are also taken into account the changing climate so what may have been in a certain area. That tree may no longer be the right tree or may not be the tree for the long run but we find that on average you know we within the three three to five years. Mysteries are trees began to to capture. Obviously the carbon immediately when you want them to begin to catch our band to begin to store water in there in the roots but after three to five years is when we usually know whether a tree is going to be healthy and survive so we plant the tree and then we do treat care and we go back and we take care of the tree so we spend time giving a lot of love and care to the tree of the three to five years. Went to gets established in the tree uses able to to to survive On its on its own orla so interesting in school during the cool thing why go with three people events We have Kind of our own tradition. Where every tree that gets rented. It's named gas. You grease that we do that together. allegri and You know we get around in a circle and when we bring that you know. Basically at tree is planted. That has life we get around in a circle and we save trees and grease that. I'll at whatever. The name of the tree is so there were millions of trees that are and believe intrigue is well you. You could neck. What happened people. Talk about like how they talked to their plants and then their plans survive in our health log. F i really am because now your little your kids right. We'll say like dad or mom like let's go by you know. Let's go by our ally you know this tree. And we use the people with their buckets or water. They'll go by the water. The tree right so you tree dogs. If you've heard if you've heard any snoring on this podcast audience. Not there's a dog gets room as we record that's great why wanted to I thank you for your impact. Thank you for your stand for the future matters. Thank you. I've played with that you You got into some of this Because we want people to listen and do something about it. I mean i don't. I'm concerned about where cultures going from multiple reasons but the despair is the thing that concerns me. the most is the isolation that's happening and kind of the if we don't make positive choices it will stay around right and then just the world gets less hopeful in that context so as a as a human as a leader as a dad you know. I want to got capitalized as many opportunities as possible with getting out and doing something that's both connected to a broader world beyond covid is world connected broader world but also positive and generous and building and connects us to a not. All of humanity is going to make it through this in a healthy way. I mean that psychologically some will decide you Is it just not safe world now now live in a very small world from here on out and be scared forever but then you know we'll need people like yourself and like so many others that are leading the charge to what's possible and what's worth pursuing so thank you for standing for that and you gave a couple options like if you run a business you look up teams for trees at three people other other final like if people want to get involved. Obviously they can send money under you guys. That's an easy way three. Click away to do that on the website. If they want to their family wants to get involved just tell them what to do and mobilized right away. I think we said it really wonderfully adrian. You know we have to decide what were you know. What's the world that we wanna live in the world that we're going to leave for our kids and our grandkids and this is this is the time more than ever where the world has to be united What we're going through going through it as as as globes and the thing is as a we can make a difference you know we. We have a saying in spanish that just as c. support and my parents tell us about since you're little kids you said whether that means yes you can. Everything is yes you can and and this is one thing. We're yes we can create that world that we want to create a world where people respect each other a world where we are united world where we help each other out and that we still do well where we have economic prosperity right where we have people's protect protections of the you know their human dignity and And that's what we try to do at tree people. We try to bring people together from different backgrounds. Different ideas together in a way that healing. That's uniting right and that's leaving the world a better place than what we found and there are many ways to do it. We as people provide one opportunity to do that And that is out. I mean these are just incredible opportunities to connect one with yourself. As i told you stories before it moves sometimes tom for their own personal keeling and desires to make a difference but then families i mean so what we're doing now because of ovid is that we are now doing safe volunteer activities. Where it's just your family because you know your family is saved. You're only interacting with your family. So we'll have emigrants to treat so now family pods is like in trees so reach out to us because we will get you to come in and help like walkers with with With us a treat people and then the teams trees corporate entities We are working with Corporate entities to make very we are for example paramount ranch which is in malibu calabasas area earnt during the wolsey fire in two thousand eighteen massive fire that destroyed almost one hundred thousand acres beautiful historic like place burnt down. We are now in fall going to be planting over three thousand trees at this paramount paramount ranch and so we're going to be bringing corporate entities to come out volunteer and then we have a program called citizen forestry and so we train people to become i as in own neighborhood so we could go. Hat's cool tree. People t shirts nerd and then we go out and we help provide tools though. It's okay if you don't have the shovels. You don't have picks in like buckets like we bring in reducing them out and we work with you to plant threes trees which is something. That's perfect training now for that for kobe. In the pen. The pandemic where you don't have to go anywhere you literally in front of your home or you could go to a neighborhood. That doesn't have trees and we could plant trees in a very safe by so there's definitely a lot of things that we can do as we're dying to be outside and we're like desiring to be around nature Treat people provide opportunities to come out and do it in a very say if way and i said what's what's meaningful about this is that it's long term work that we're doing is having a long term positive. It's raining plus so far all your parents that listening this that are grumbling that you kids aren't getting great educational experiences tree. People here to solve that problem for you and give you something to do on a saturday so go to treat people Thank you sandy. Your amazing appreciate so much. Thanks for joining talk to you. Know i feel like. I found people in both of you. We're gonna we're gonna go that plants and trees we to be involved. We're always inspired. Our calendar fills up as we do these interviews. Make an impact. That's that's what this is about. And here's the way where people can truly make an the long run. So thank you mazing persuaded great. Well that was an amazing inspiring episode. We wanna go plants and trees and do more for the world. Hope you guys enjoyed it and learn something to and as always please subscribe to raise the bar when you have a second rate us sheriffs review us all that good stuff and if you wanna to get involved. Please go check out their website. Take your family down there. We all need time outside. We all need time to bond. During the season of you know the new reality of cova that settling. It's not going anywhere we might as well make the best of it to go out and make a difference. Have fun and please let us know about a chair. Tell us your story if you go out. Please post about on instagram tag us. We'd love to share what you and your family are up to his. We keep inspiring each other's to make the most of this moment ren thanks a lot toxin.