The renewed project of the mayor of “Million Trees” to expand green spaces in the city and welcomes people back after the pandemic drove them out in 2020.
Mayor Eric Adams joined New York City Presidents Monday morning to announce another “Million Trees” program. Meeting like The New York Times reportedly called for a revival of the tree planting project, originally proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and completed in 2015 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Although the project does not come from a strictly climatic perspective, it will bring New York back to life.
To continue to be beautiful, New Yorkers need more New Yorkers. 320 thousand people left town in 2020 – this is 237% more than in 2019. The Million Trees program has a good chance of bringing these people back.
Why? It’s simple. People like trees. Trees improve air quality, they bring an element of nature into the urban landscape and create an environment for urban fauna such as squirrels and sparrows.
Too many decisions have been made along party lines regardless of the ordinary people they affect. So all five district presidents are working together to implement the “Million Trees” plan in a bipartisan manner, it’s a refreshing spectacle. BP suggested at a meeting with Adams to repeat the success of the previous program “Million Trees” by joint efforts. Because Vita Fasel’s BP Staten Island is politically far from most New York politicians – backed by former President Donald Trump – he is a coveted member of the coalition.
“Many people are tired of polarizing politics and fighting for everything,” Fosella told the Times. Working in conjunction with four other Democratic BPs, Fosella could bring Staten Island back into political conversation in New York.
After all, New Yorkers need unity and justice. Adams has repeatedly pledged to better serve low-income communities during his campaign. Although his company’s website is no longer available, the Gotham Gazette writes that he planned to “turn vaccination sites in low-income neighborhoods into permanent health centers”. CITY too reported that Adams planned to massively resonate parts of New York to help build affordable housing.
“We have the wrong placement up,” – Adams said at the Mayoral Candidates Forum on February 27, 2021. “We changed poorer communities and displaced poorer residents to richer communities, and I would do the opposite.” This additional housing will increase the access of low-income residents to transport and healthy eating, he added.
This is a drive to improve New York for low-income people – this is exactly the perspective that Adams has taken with the initiative to plant trees. He spoke publicly about the impact of greenery on mental and physical health, and research has done so shown that time in nature can reduce psychological stress – which benefited many New Yorkers during the pandemic, including Adams himself.
“I remember at COVID how many times I walked the Brooklyn Bridge Park,” Adams said in ad February 4, when he appointed Susan Donahue his commissioner for parks.
«[I remember] spent time in Prospect Park when my mother died, ”Donahue said. “Parks are more than places for recreation and entertainment – they are a powerful tool for justice.”
Adams has promised to allocate 1% of the city budget to the Department of Parks and Recreation. This would take the current department preliminary budget$ 532.7 million to more than $ 1 billion is a significant improvement.
If we want people to return to the city, we need to make city life attractive again. The revival of the Adams Million Trees program increases political unity in the city. These are addresses stock issues by promoting the availability of greenery, which provides mental, physical and emotional benefits, and increases residents ’satisfaction. Obviously, it adds trees. And over the projected 10-year program, the addition of plants will make the city more environmentally friendly, and millions of trees will absorb some of the carbon we emit together.
This is an easy first step towards solving many systemic problems. Hopefully Adams will have to finish.
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