Did you know that if you gathered all of the trees in New York City, there would be enough to make up a forest? These approximately seven million trees are living, breathing parts of the city’s ecosystem, and vital resources to our communities. They clean and cool our air, and provide a connection to nature that can be otherwise hard to find. But this urban forest is not distributed evenly across the five boroughs. According to the New York Nature Conservancy, the neighborhoods with the least tree cover tend to be low-income communites and communities of color. In 2019, they convened a task force to address the problem. MetroFocus meets some of the people behind those efforts: Emily Noble Maxwell, Cities Director for The Nature Conservancy in New York and Annel Hernandez, Associate Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.
Aired on April 22, 2021.