You may remember a while back when I posted about what our cities could be. I said that there were tremendous opportunities in our environmental crisis to make life better for ourselves while saving the planet.
For example, planting trees in the cement maze that is New York City have the environmental benefits of:
- Keeping the city cooler so less air conditioning is required and less greenhouse gas is created
- Filtering diesel and other particulates out of the air
- Retaining storm water that might otherwise carry toxins and sewage into our waterways
And the opportunity? More happiness for people. Just look at the pictures below and you can see why. Wouldn't you be happier with more trees in your neighborhood?
These pictures, courtesy of Trees New York, show photos of a block, taken from different directions, both before and after trees were planted. See the difference? Imagine when they're fully grown!
PS Don't forget to come to my talk tonight! Details below.
No Impact Lecture: Wrap up your Footprint Forward week with an inspiring talk by Colin Beavan, part of the Bronfman Center’s Selma Ruben Distinguished Lecture Series.
7-9PM, Cooper Union Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Ave
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