|HOUSTON – As the world embarked this week on actions to address climate change during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the City of Houston, in partnership with many other local and regional partners including Harris County and the Tree Strategy Implementation Group (TSIG) facilitated by Houston Wilderness planted 1,000 native trees today as part of the unveiling of a new Houston weblink called 4.6 M Trees Scoreboard. This Scoreboard is the result of the work completed by the City of Houston and the TSIG members to help reach the Resilient Houston and Houston Climate Action Plan target of planting 4.6 million native trees by 2030.
Mayor Sylvester Turner explained that “We all know the difference one tree can make on a hot day in Houston, and if the challenges faced by climate change are left unaddressed, we can certainly expect more days over 100° in this City. With a target of planting 4.6 million trees by 2030, I am thankful to our partners for their commitment to this initiative. Together we are making a significant step towards prioritizing meaningful climate action for Houston’s resilient future.”
“Our goal of planting 4.6 million new native trees is the equivalent of two new trees for every Houstonian,” remarked Councilmember David Robinson. “As a resilient and sustainable city, we need to plant the seeds today for future generations to fully reap the benefits.”
Representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County Precinct Two, Harris County Flood Control District, Houston Wilderness, other TSIG members and approximately 100 volunteer tree-planters from Shell Oil, SBM Offshore, Bank of Texas, Lionstone Investments, University of Houston’s Hispanic Business Association, University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Justice Association and other interested Houstonians participated in the event commemorating Texas Arbor Day along Greens Bayou near Crooker/Moody Park.
“Planting new, native trees is one of the major targets of the Resilient Houston, our city-wide strategy to help make Houston more resilient. Not only are trees a natural carbon sink helping to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve air quality, but also they help mitigate the urban heat island effect, and are an integral part of making our neighborhoods and communities healthier,” explained Priya Zachariah, Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer for the City of Houston.