Adult Film Star Ron Jeremy Has Started A Protest To Save Beloved Tree
It seems like every day someone starts a campaign to achieve a worthwhile cause.
Protests and demonstrations can be large and wide-reaching like a bunch of women driving in Saudi Arabia to advocate for female rights or it could be small and quiet with just one person and a sign.
Adult film actor Ron Jeremy certainly fits into the latter category after starting a protest to save a beloved tree outside his home.
I need your help.- Ron Jeremy (@RealRonJeremy) May 16, 2020
help me save my tree.
this tree was planted by my dad the day I was born. Please let Con Edison know that they cannot tear down this tree. @conedison 61-24 bell Blvd
Bayside Queens NY 11364 please help me save my tree. pic.twitter.com/XXkYjBiY9O
Last week, the renowned porn star got wind that work was underway to cut down the tree in Queens, New York. In a bid to halt the devastating act, Ron has called on his army of followers to help lobby against the arborist operation.
Posting a photo of him standing next to and hugging the tree, the 67-year-old wrote: "I need your help. Help me save my tree. This tree was planted by my dad the day I was born. Please let [energy company Consolidated Edison] know that they cannot tear down this tree."
Consolidated Edison replied to Ron's post saying they didn't have anything to do with cutting down his beloved wood and directed him to the New York City Parks department.
Naturally, the hashtag #SaveRonsWood has started going viral for all the right reasons and the campaign is gathering pace.
I'm not sure, but if they have to tear down my tree they may do it tomorrow. Is there anyone that knows about seedlings or trimmings that could help me save and replant this tree?- Ron Jeremy (@RealRonJeremy) May 18, 2020
61-24 bell Blvd
Bayside Queens NY 11364 please help me save my tree @NYCMayor @NYCParks pic.twitter.com/ugPqZRVNyO
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Dozens of people have signed an online petition calling for the tree to be saved because it's 'healthy' and 'there's no reason to cut it down'.
Thousands of people have liked, shared and commented on his original post and, judging from social media activity, it appears the tree is still intact.
Ron has actually been living in Hollywood during the coronavirus, meaning the photos of him next to the tree aren't recent. He's growing increasingly worried about the state of the tree each day as he sits on the other side of the country.
Speaking to New York Daily News, Ron said he only found out it was going to get the chop when a concerned neighbour noticed it wrapped in yellow tape.
"I looked after that tree all my life," he said.
"They tried to chop the tree down years ago but I wouldn't let them. I even belted myself to the tree."
"Let my little tree live. He ain't ready to go yet."
A statement from the NYC Parks department says they 'appreciate Mr. Jeremy's personal attachment to the tree in front of his childhood home. Our city's street trees are not just environment assets, they can also connect us to our roots, reminding us of the people and places we love'.
However, they also added that the tree is in poor health and the remaining branches pose a small risk to people below.
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