To this end, cities like Philadelphia are working to increase their tree canopy. “Trees take the edge off the searing heat of summer. They soak up rainwater. And, recent academic studies have shown that greenery reduces crime and helps people battle depression.”(2) Swarthmore offers its own street tree planting program, selling trees at a discounted price which includes planting and mulching. (Be sure to choose a location that avoids the tree growing up into overhead wires). See Swathmore Borough web page for information about ordering a tree.
(1) Oliver Milman, “Scientists say halting deforestation 'just as urgent' as reducing emissions,” theguardian.com, 4 Oct 2018
(2) “More city trees can help with climate change,” Editorial, The Inquirer, Philly.com, October 3, 2018
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