Madrid Plans To Create Urban Forest To Help Fight Climate Change

The world is starting to see the impacts of climate change and how important it is to start making changes to save the environment and humanity.

Researchers are pushing people to take climate change seriously, but there’s only so much each individual can do. We can reduce our consumption of animal products, purchase foods locally, and avoid air travel as much as possible – but there’s little we can each do to minimize the impact of an entire city without major changes happening.

Some cities are responding to the need for changes and doing their part to reduce the impacts of climate change. One of those cities is now Madrid, which announced its plan to create a massive urban forest to help fight climate change.

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They plan to create a “green wall” called the Bosque Metropolitano to reduce the city’s emissions, improve air quality, and lower temperatures.

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“What we want to do is to improve the air quality in the whole city, to fight the heat island effect that is happening inside the city, to absorb the greenhouse emissions generated by the city, and to connect all the existing forest masses that already exist around the city,” the councilor for Environment & Urban Development explained to EuroNews.

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The “green wall” will consist of half a million trees being planted around the city’s perimeter – a span of 46 miles. The trees will include beech, black pine, and oak, all indigenous to the area.

In designing the green wall, planners wanted to ensure the trees would act as a forest rather than a park. The architect and city council urban advisor, Daniel González explained to EuroNews that they wanted the trees to be self-sustainable and require little water and maintenance.

Photo: flickr/Jose A.

Using native species was a way to ensure the plants – and wall – would thrive without continuous monitoring and work.

Watch the video below to learn more, courtesy of EuroNews:

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