Trees in Cities Challenge
The Trees in Cities Challenge is a global campaign launched by the United Nations to promote climate action in cities.
Trees are a critically important community asset providing a wide range of benefits, from positive mental health impacts, to environmental attributes such as regulating temperature, mitigating stormwater runoff, and providing wildlife habitat. The urban forest plays a valuable role in our efforts to adapt to climate change.
Global temperatures are rising at rapid rates and bold action is needed now. Planting more trees in urban areas holds a considerable potential to tackle effects of climate change. The United Nations has invited mayors around the world to join the Trees in Cities Challenge by making a pledge to plant trees in their city.
The City of Victoria will work with the community to plant 5,000 trees on public and private land through 2020. Victoria is the first city in Canada to join the challenge.
Residents and groups can join in the Trees in Cities Challenge in four easy steps: Pledge to plant, learn about tree care, record your trees and become a tree champion.
2. Learn about tree health
The long-term tree health of trees is crucial. To learn about tree placement, maintenance and care practices before breaking ground, check out our online tree care resources at the bottom of the page. Also, learn hands-on tree care and maintenance from experienced arborists at the City’s FREE tree tours and workshops happening every month in 2020.
3. Plant and record your trees
Once you plant your trees, mark them on the Tree Tracker so that they count towards the challenge goal! On the Tree Tracker, you can select your tree species, choose its location, upload a photo of your tree, and even give it a nickname. The tracker will show the total number of planted trees in each neighbourhood across the City of Victoria.
4. Become a Tree Champion!
Help us raise awareness of the Trees in Cities Challenge by hosting an event, organizing a tree planting day in your neighbourhood or volunteering with local environmental stewardship groups. Check out the Trees in Cities Engagement Portal for more information.
Victoria Joins U.N. Challenge with 5,000 Tree Pledge:
Cities are now at the centre of global efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined by the United Nations. Moreover, it is increasingly recognized that cities are at the forefront of battle against climate change. Planting more trees in urban areas holds a considerable potential to tackle some effects of climate change and contribute to the achievement of urban-related SDGs. Under auspices of the UNECE, mayors are invited to undertake a Trees in Cities Challenge, whereby they will pledge to plant a pre-determined number of trees in their city.
- United Nations Trees in Cities Challenge - Information Note
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