Trees Louise! In American cities, trees save lives 🌳
Help us plant them where they’re needed most.
As our summers grow hotter, trees keep things cool in our cities.
Extreme heat threatens the lives and health of people living in cities during the summer. Planting trees is one of the cheapest, fastest, and most effective ways to directly lower temperatures and save lives in cities.
Today, some city neighborhoods enjoy trees and green space, while others do not. Due to historic discriminatory policies, trees are often sparse in neighborhoods with more low-income families and people of color. Today, these neighborhoods can experience temperatures more than 15°F hotter than wealthier neighborhoods in the same city on a hot day. We can help change that.
Join your local CCL chapter to advocate for increasing urban forests. Here’s the kind of work you’ll do:
- Advocate for policies that increase urban forests, with a focus on neighborhoods that suffer from a lack of tree equity.
- Support local groups and local community leaders with tree planting initiatives.
- Help local communities take advantage of funding available for adding trees.
Why are trees needed in our cities more than ever?
✅ Trees prevent power failures
A heat-triggered power outage in a major city could leave millions at risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Because trees help keep things cooler, they reduce air conditioning usage, and the risk of a major power failure.
✅ Investing in trees creates jobs and builds the economy.
One city who invested in green infrastructure found that for every dollar they put in, nearly two dollars were spent throughout the economy. And a $1 million investment in urban forests created about 24 full-time, living wage jobs for the surrounding community.
✅ Trees make us happier
Trees Louise! Spending time around trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, and helps us live longer. Urban forests are a way to bring these natural benefits to people who haven’t had them in years.
What kind of urban forestry policies does CCL support?
We support policies that:
- Help to increase urban forests
- Focus on neighborhoods that suffer from a lack of tree equity
Oftentimes, the best urban forest and tree equity policies are local or state initiatives. To bring this issue to light, CCL advocates for increasing urban forests by supporting local groups and community leads with tree planting initiatives and helping local communities take advantage of available funding for tree planting.
Want to champion trees in urban areas for the good of the climate, public health and the economy? Us too. Join up and let’s make it happen.