Protection from extreme heat, storing carbon, and helping with flood mitigation are just some of the benefits of trees
Forests, and ease of accessibility to forests and nature, matter for numerous reasons. These videos and articles begin to scratch the surface of why Nordson Green Earth Foundation is working to improve tree equity throughout the Chicagoland area.
“Perhaps more important for urban areas, tiny forests can help lower temperatures in places where pavement, buildings and concrete surfaces absorb and retain heat from the sun.”
By Cara Buckley. New York Times. August 24, 2023
“A surge in visitors and use of DuPage Forest Preserves that started during the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down.”
By Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. December 2, 2021
“In fact, the speed and uncertainty of the changes underscores how Chicago, in some crucial ways, is perhaps more immediately exposed to the dangers of global warming than cities on the ocean.”
By Dan Egan. New York Times. July 7, 2021.
"But the redlining maps, economists have found, deepened patterns of racial inequality in cities nationwide in ways that reverberated for decades"
New York Times. August 24, 2020
"In many regions, urban forests are the most extensive, functional, and visible form of green infrastructure in cities"
Learning Guide, Cities4Trees
“These scruffy edges are surprisingly good at pulling carbon dioxide out of the sky, and storing it underground.”
By Barbara Moran. WBUR, Boston's NPR news station. February 16, 2022
"Trees also help slow climate change. Our urban forests are responsible for almost one-fifth of the country’s captured and stored carbon emissions."
American Forests Report 2021
"Community forests the size of a basketball court can make an outsized difference, providing shade, attracting plants and animals, and even storing a bit of carbon."
By Elizabeth Hewitt. National Geographic - June 22, 2021
"In a study of 108 urban areas nationwide, the formerly redlined neighborhoods of nearly every city studied were hotter than the non-redlined neighborhoods, some by nearly 13 degrees."
NPR. January 14, 2020
"This article describes empirical research on the cognitive benefits of interacting with natural environments and several theories that have been proposed to explain these effects."
"I think that through this research, I have become convinced that trees are really an important part of a supportive, humane environment. Without vegetation, people are very different beings."
By Tina Prow. The Illinois Steward. Volume 7 Issue 4. Winter 1999.