Our City, Our Trees, Our Responsibility
Tree’s are so much more than a pretty thing to look at. They give us shelter, shade, oxygen, and send into the air sweet fragrances. They sequester CO2, store CO2, soak up rain water, and reduce the stress of wast water on our systems and decrease our energy bills. It has been scientifically proven that trees reduce stress, and that activity in nature will decrease the prevalence of many modern diseases.
Why is it then, that trees are not prioritized within the city framework? You could spend many hours trying to answer this question, but one main reason is that you can’t financially valuate the benefits that trees give us. That is, until now.
Ecology Ottawa’s million tree initiative has our own online tree map! This map allows you to add a tree, of any species, any size, and you can then see how that tree interacts with the environment. You will see how much energy you are saving on your bill, how much carbon it is sequestering, and you will also be able to add photos of that tree, and tell stories in the form of a blog!
The purpose of this map is to show citizens and decision makes how important our urban forest is! Trees aren’t just money sucks, but they give so much back to us.
So check out the Great Ecology Ottawa tree map, look at the trees added, and consider adding your own. Not only will you learn how important your tree is, you will be showing your support for trees!