Cities turn to urban forests to combat climate change

Categories: Big picture
Published on: October 28, 2019

Globe and Mail / David Israelson / 28 October 2019

Urban parks and trees also provide cost-effective ways to control and moderate climate change, says Jake Tobin Garrett, policy and planning manager for Park People, a national not-for-profit group that supports the creation and maintenance of parks in Canadian cities and towns.

“Think of green spaces as natural air conditioners,” he says, “but a lot cheaper and longer-lasting than air-conditioning units – and trees don’t burn fuel and emit carbon fumes.”

A study released by Park People in September identifies three significant ways increased parkland addresses climate change.