Why grow trees? What are the benefits of trees?
Trees give us shade, beauty, clean air, places to gather, memories, and much more.
- Trees are affordable, amazing and highly visible ways to cool neighborhoods and take local climate action.
- Trees provide wildlife habitat, clean the air, reduce erosion and retain stormwater, enhance local businesses, and offer many co-benefits.
- They can be your “comfort shade tree” in a pandemic or heat wave.
- Think a moment about the trees on your street, in your yard or nearby park, or in your childhood!
The Trees in Cities Challenge is a global campaign launched by UNECE to localize climate action and foster urban sustainability and resilience. The Trees in Cities Challenge invites Mayors to make tree-planting pledges and to put these into action. By taking the Challenge, cities can unlock multiple sustainability benefits – for the climate, environment and society.
Check out this list of 22 benefits borrowed from Los Angeles environmental nonprofit, TreePeople.
- Trees cool the streets and the city.
- Trees clean the air.
- Trees bring diverse groups of people together.
- Trees add unity.
- Trees block things.
- Trees provide oxygen.
- Trees conserve energy.
- Trees save water.
- Trees help prevent water pollution.
- Trees help prevent soil erosion.
- Trees combat climate change.
- Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays.
- Trees are teachers and playmates.
- Trees provide food.
- Trees heal.
- Trees reduce violence.
- Trees create economic opportunities.
- Trees provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife.
- Trees provide wood.
- Trees mark the seasons.
- Trees increase property values.
- Trees increase business traffic.