WHY ARE URBAN TREES SO IMPORTANT?
Nature's air purifiers
A large front yard tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants, including 4 pounds of ozone and three pounds of particulates each year.
Clean air makes healthy communities
Studies have shown that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of urban tree canopy cover in very polluted neighborhoods.
Green spaces help us live longer
Areas of green space help to lower mortality by providing opportunities for physical activity, social engagement, and improving mental health.
OUR TREES HELP CLEAN THE AIR, AND CLEAN AIR IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR HEALTH.
Early research into the coronavirus pandemic found communities with poor air quality were more likely to die from COVID-19. People living in these areas also have compromised respiratory, cardiac and other systems – and are therefore more vulnerable. We need urban forests to clean the air we breathe.