How Systemic Racism Affects Trees in Your City | One Small Step

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A racist practice from the 1930s could be the reason why some communities have fewer trees than others — here's how we can reverse this trend and make cities more resilient to climate change.
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The disparity in tree cover in cities is not random. It's connected back to a racist practice called redlining, which began in the 1930s. Areas getting labeled as 'hazardous' because they had large Black populations led to disinvestment, poverty, and a wealth gap between white and Black families, the effects of which are still felt today. And it also led to fewer trees.

Less tree cover means hotter temperatures, less flood control, more pollution, and during heat waves, more death. That's because the more trees a neighborhood has, the more resilient it is to climate change.

Creating urban forestry jobs and building tree equity could reverse this dangerous trend.

This episode is presented by TAZO.

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