Air Pollution as bad as asbestos or cigarettes: United Nations World Health Organization says: more reason to plant more street trees!
Friday, October 18, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
OPIRG McMaster's summer student Jonathan Valencia volunteered to present to the Public Works Committee at City Hall this morning about our pilot project in the Keith Neighbourhood.
It was easy to impress them with our project: in an area with an identified air quality problem that would normally get three street tree requests a year, by going door to door Jonathan was able to get 75 requests! While not every property meets the minimum space requirement, still, 53 trees will be planted this fall. Not only will the neighbourhood look better, but air quality will be improved, along with other tree-positive benefits such as cooling shade, water retention, and soil protection.
OPIRG McMaster plans to continue and expand the project next summer, so that more neighbourhoods can benefit from the street tree program offered by the city.
OPIRG students making the world a better place one street at a time!
Look for articles in the Hamilton Spectator, online at CBC Hamilton and on Joey Coleman's Livestream video site. (Links will be added as the material is available)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
|One tree, one property at a time: Jonathan Valencia signing up another street tree|
for Keith neighbourhood.
The "Small is Beautiful" mystique was invoked in relation to a few local projects (including ours) in an editorial in the same issue of "The Sil":
"if we make room in our lives for the little things...and make room for them successfully, then inspiration, determination and a collective desire to start tackling the big things will follow."We couldn't agree more, thanks to the Sil's Jemma Wolfe for the astute observation!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
A couple hours on Keith Street tonight yields 5 more trees (with a couple more possible) - riding home I did notice some nasty odours in the air, almost like paint thinner, and pretty strong too. Not sure if it is a coincidence or not, but when I got home I see there is a smog advisory in Ontario and Hamilton is having some of the worst air:
Obviously, a few more trees here and there aren't going to scrub the air clean, but a lot more trees will contribute to better air quality overall.
Thank you to all the residents in Keith who have signed up for a street tree - you are laying the foundation for a better neighbourhood!