Climate Action

More Trees = Cooler Cities

Adapting to climate change and mitigating its worst effects in San Diego demands that we plant trees, and a lot of them.

  • Climate change is accelerating, cities are warming, and the public desire for action is increasing. Trees are affordable and amazing ways to cool neighborhoods and implement Climate Action Plans.
  • All communities deserve to have trees, green space, and nature. Trees contribute to healthier neighborhoods. Decades of inequitable investment in many communities throughout San Diego (and nationally) must be turned around to ensure these residents are better protected against a warming climate and can enjoy the many benefits of trees.
  • During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of us spent more time in our back yards, nearby parks and local nature. In this time spent at home, we’ve realized the importance of shade; many realized a rewed love of gardening, and how simple it is to care for a tree, while it brings such immense benefits to our everyday lives.

What about “planting a trillion trees?” It’s relatively easy to “plant a tree,” and trees thrive with local precipitation, in many parts of the United States. In San Diego and most of the western U.S., young trees need to be watered often and mature trees need deep watering, usually once a month. Watering trees is well worth it, with benefits to shade and cool cities, and much more.

A Global View

Climate resources

San Diego Climate Action Plan resources

How can we better advocate for trees locally?

Watch this 25-minute video about Urban Forest Advocacy in San Diego.