We Earthlings: More Green Spaces

The need for green spaces in urban areas increases as climate change continues to warm our planet and extreme weather events become more frequent.

Human-made structures like dark asphalt roadways, cement sidewalks, and brick buildings absorb heat, contributing to the heat island effect. Trees and plants provide much-needed shade and cool the air through a process called evapotranspiration, which helps alleviate the heat island effect. During heat waves, urban vegetation plays a key role in making our cities habitable.

As our warming climate causes sea level rise, more frequent hurricanes, and heavier rainfall, the paved urban environment is at higher risk of flooding. Trees and other plants help manage runoff and protect against erosion.

Learn more about the benefits that green spaces provide and let your city officials know why your city needs more green spaces.

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