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Trees


It’s Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the trees. 

 As Howie Waldman has taught us “trees are the core of the ecosystem we live in in the northeast. In protecting them for ourselves, we protect them for birds, squirrels, bats, and innumerable insect species.”

Over the past number of years, even as we have learned more and more about the importance of trees, most of us haven’t really paid attention. The right trees planted in the right place make an enormous difference to all of us. Research has shown that greenery is important in absorbing our city’s human-caused emissions. A healthy tree canopy can make a difference, especially in lower-income and heat vulnerable neighborhoods.

The money is tight in the NYC Parks Department, and they need our help. As I think about climate change and what we can do as individuals, I believe supporting our natural world is something we can all do.

The only thing I might add is that trees are the core of the ecosystem we live in in the Northeast. In protecting them for ourselves, we protect them for birds, squirrels, bats, and innumerable insect species.

Whether you visit NYC PARKS TREE TIME or organize your neighbors to get involved in a greening project, there are plenty of ways in which we can make a difference through our actions.

 

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