With climate change making our cities hotter and more prone to flooding, urban trees are needed more than ever. Our city trees do so much. They:
Cool and clean city air, improving public health and decreasing heat stress
Mitigate flooding by absorbing stormwater runoff
Soak up carbon in the air and convert it to oxygen
Increase property values
Reduce noise pollution
Improve mental health, reduce stress, and decrease violence
To mitigate against the effects of climate change and adapt cities to our new climate, Speak for the Trees’ aims to improve the size and health of Boston’s urban forest by elevating the importance of trees in building a healthy city. Through community projects, educational outreach, and public advocacy, SFTT aims to instill in Boston residents the ecological and social importance of trees.
Your support will aid SFTT’s free tree giveaway program. Each spring and fall, SFTT gives residents of Boston’s most under-resourced and under-canopied neighborhoods free mature trees. These trees shade residents’ homes, clean our common air, and contribute to the health of Boston. Each $100 contribution will gift a free tree to a resident and teach them how to properly plant and care for it. These events help restore the urban forest in every neighborhood and make environmental stewardship accessible to all.