Could we live treeless in the city?

According to experts, in 2050 more than 65% of the world population will live in cities. The towns and places far from the big cities will be left aside. However, could we survive in an urban space without trees?

We may sometimes think that nature has no place or importance in the place where we live. But trees have always been a fundamental part of cities, both for the terrain and for the citizens themselves.

They are a source of life, as they help us to have better health, but they are also necessary to feed us, warm us and for construction. This can lead to exaggerated exploitation, causing it to disappear in many areas. With all this, it is understandable that their existence is key to our survival.

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However, it was not until the 18th century, when the builders began to become aware of the relevance of the presence of nature within cities. Therefore, urban planners began to design cities so that they were wrapped between parks and green areas.

Benefits of trees in cities

  • They work like natural sponges. When rains occur, they absorb water and prevent flooding. This also implies less need for sewerage in cities.
  • Its leaves purify the air, trapping carbon and other pollutants that pose a problem for humans.
  • Avoid high temperatures, since, with their absence, buildings can absorb up to 10 times more solar radiation than when trees are nearby.
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  • They favor the reduction of contagious diseases, both due to air purification and the decrease in very high temperatures.
  • They are also a good medication against mental illness. This is because green spaces improve attention and relieve stress. In addition, recent studies have shown that patients who have nature views within their grasp recover earlier than those who cannot see beyond a wall or wall.

Despite all the advantages that the presence of nature -both flora and fauna- has in our environment, we are still not aware that the incorporation of trees, parks and more green areas in cities is essential. Now it is everyone’s job to promote the integration of the so-called “green lungs” in our gray spaces.

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