Planting Trees of Life

"I don't like the title Dreamer . . . That tends to mean nondeliverer"

Andy Lipkis, 34, a bearded, boyish, homespun half saint, knows something about delivering dreams. His life is a demonstration in respectable alchemy, creating gold from nothing. Inspired by the belief that planting trees can reduce smog, protect the ozone layer, feed hungry people and, when all is said and done and planted, save the planet, Lipkis has become a global Johnny Appleseed. The organization he founded 15 years ago, TreePeople, is directly or indirectly responsible for planting more than 170 million trees around the world. At the center of TreePeople's mission is the belief that people can save themselves by saving...

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