The Arizona Sikh Community has donated 550 trees in the honour of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
November 12 marks the birth anniversary of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev.
Mayor Kate Gallego and other officials along with local Sikh leaders gathered Sunday for a tree dedication ceremony.
Arizona ash, Elm tree and other drought-resistant trees will be planted in four different neighbourhoods, including Garfield, Central Park, and Grant Park neighbourhoods near Downtown Phoenix, and the Broadway Heritage neighbourhood in south Phoenix.
“Guru Nanak very much believed in the oneness of the earth, the air, and water with the creator of the creation,” said a local and national Sikh community leader, Anjleen Kaur Gumer.
Anjleen further added that Nanak absolutely believed that humans’ taking care of the earth was a necessity for humans as well as for surviving.
“He (Nanak) instilled the value of respecting nature and respecting the earth as a central tenet of Sikhism,” said Anjleen.
Phoenix Sikh community members donated 550 trees, worth about $68,000, to the city of Phoenix.
Similar tree-planting campaigns also held in other countries such as Canada, Germany, and Myanmar this year.
“We are very ambitious, but if we are making progress 550 trees at a time, nothing is out of reach,” said Mayor Kate Gallego.
Phoenix suffers from an urban heat island effect, which raises high temperatures in areas already covered by concrete and heat-retaining asphalt.
In recent years, the capital of Arizona has planted thousands of trees in hopes of counterbalance the effects.