Air in urban areas becomes artificially warm due to excessive concentrations of paved surface, reflective surface, and population. This "heat island effect" can generate temperatures 2 to 10 degrees higher than more rural areas. Among other benefits, large parks like Central Park help to moderate artificially high temperatures from the "urban heat island" effect through shading and evapotranspiration.
|Under NYC's Central Park canopy, temperatures can run about |
13 degrees cooler than the rest of the city's air
Although it is impossible to predict exactly how hot NYC would become without its largest city park, it is estimated that large parks or tracts of urban trees can cool daytime summer temperatures by 10-12 degrees. Thus, we can assume that New York would be a much warmer city without Central Park's canopy.
Without our dedication to preserving existing green spaces in urban areas and creating new lush, leafy environments locally – in our towns and cities – the urban world that many of us call home would look (and feel) entirely different.
Planting and maintaining trees over time improves air and water quality and provides shade, beauty, health and general wellbeing for cities and towns. Click HERE for a list of other benefits of planting trees in our communities. Many individuals, groups, and organizations have dedicated themselves to the cause, and you can help!
|Without the cooling effect of Central Park's greenery, the city would be |
an estimated 10-12 degrees hotter year round
Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to improving health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees.” They support tree planting in communities across the United States through their program, “Plant Our Future,”engaging a national network of local organizations and connecting with private partners. They believe that planting a tree today can create a greener, cleaner, and healthier tomorrow, and they provide opportunities nationwide for people to engage and make a difference.
|Volunteers celebrating after planting a tree together|
Here are a few links to get started.
Sponsor an event: http://actrees.org/donate/sponsor-an-event/