This year we launched our second annual Tree Care Tuesday program on Earth Day to celebrate nature, and raise public awareness of the environment and public health.
Our Tree Care Tuesdays are volunteer opportunities encouraging engagement from people of all ages and backgrounds. The goal of Tree Care Tuesdays is to beautify NYC neighborhoods, create community relationships, promote green space, mitigate air pollution, and prevent stormwater runoff.
Why is tree care important?
Promoting green space within cities has social and environmental benefits.
- Trees increase our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings, creating an aesthetically pleasing environment.
- Environmentally, trees and soil reduce groundwater runoff and flooding.
- Trees also reduce air pollution by taking in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, and release oxygen (O2) for us to breathe.
- Trees deflect the sunlight, and reduce the heat island effect caused by dark pavement and buildings, and cool the city down.
Tree care sessions involve community volunteers, alongside HII crew cleaning-up, aerating and mulching tree beds, all while spending quality time with our community and mother nature.
Tree Care Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday until September 2nd. Join us to get involved, or if you want to get your hands dirty!
By Claire Bouillon, Environmental Leadership Intern