Urgent and compelling reasons for more trees in our communities
Today’s personal, local, and global conditions call out for more trees, Most importantly for climate action, and for many other reasons:
- Climate change is accelerating, cities are warming, and 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 can contribute to healthy neighborhoods. Decades of inequitable investment in some communities in San Diego (and nationally) now can be turned around.
- With Covid-19, many San Diegans spent more time in their “home” outdoor spaces, gardened more, and realized they could easily plant and care for shade, native and fruit trees.
- Actually, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and we don’t want to be still saying this in 20 years.
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.
What about the global view?
- Intact forest ecosystems are the key
- Ambitious tree planting projects are failing
- Plantations are risking global ecosystems
- Growing trees for cap-and-trade offsets require tracking trees for 40 years and that is an almost-unsurmountable hurdle unless stronger public infrastructure is developed for this.
- What can you do about climate change? online quiz PDF version of quiz
- Climate Change Communication, Yale University link to webpages
- Climate education, ClimateGov website , from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Climate Education, ClimateGen, link to website
Local climate action plans
- Links to CAP from each city (searching for this)
- Report on goals and implementation of local Climate Action Plans (CAPs), from Climate Action Coalition, Report Cards 2017-2022
And what local tree advocacy can we do? Watch this 25-minute video about Urban Forest Advocacy in San Diego.