Why Are Trees Important?
Trees are vital in every setting because they take in carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen. They act as air purifiers to provide for healthier environments, so that humans can breathe fresh air. Moreover, trees are especially crucial in urban settings where concentrations of carbon dioxide are increased due to factories and cars. Planted trees provide a city some resilience against climate change due to their ‘air purifying’ qualities. Aside from the health benefits trees provide humans, trees are beautiful. They create green spaces, and, on any day, birds and insects flock to trees, allowing for some aspects of the wilderness to be brought to cities.
What We Advocate For
We advocate for a robust, connected urban tree canopy to the benefit of all residents:
- Our existing trees maintained and protected, no matter on private or public property
- Our existing public empty tree wells filled
- A robust "back of the sidewalk" program
- A commitment to native species and biodiversity
- Equitable distribution of trees across the city
How to Get Connected
Join the Tree Advocate Group
Top image photo credit: Chuck Hinds