Massive oak tree in Redwood City loses branches, births an activist

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Ever since college, when she took part in a single political rally, Gwen Minor had been content to stay on the sidelines when it came to protests. That is, until an 8.5-by-11 inch piece of paper pinned to a tall oak tree caught her attention.

Just days later in September, Minor climbed the tree — and refused to come down for the next eleven hours. City streets employees who showed up later that morning with orders to begin cutting down the tree left when they saw Minor, and her protest started a debate about the place of trees in today’s Redwood City.

The podcast below explores Minor’s ideas about how Americans’ attitudes toward trees might change in the future and how she’s planning to continue engaging local citizens.


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