Climate Action

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?

Climate resources

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.