This Earth Day marked the 40th anniversary of my first tree planting. To celebrate, I decided to up my personal commitment by taking public transportation and my bike to various events across the city. Seeing so many community celebrations gave me a lot of encouragement and hope. I chose to be a living banner for the occasion, wearing my TreePeople tee-shirt and hauling a three-foot-tall oak tree in my bicycle saddle bag.
The first thing I did was put my bike on the front of the MTA bus (every bus in Southern California now has a bicycle rack). After I removed the tree from blocking the driver's view and brought it on board, he gave me a thumbs up and mumbled his approval for my Earth Day observance.
I transfered to another bus, and this time I left the tree on the bike attached to the front of the bus (pictured above) which generated a bit more Earth Day awareness buzz and thumbs up from passersby. And so onward to a sampling of LA's celebrations.