Today is World Environment Day. To mark the global day of action, the City has pledged to plant a mature tree in every primary school and plant a shrub for every primary student in our local area.
The tree planting is as part of the international One Tree Per Child campaign. The campaign was started by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, who are also behind National Tree Day - an organisation responsible for planting 10 million native trees and shrubs across Australia.
The City is delighted to support this important program to help children connect with the environment and green our local area. They are our future so it's important that we can teach them about the environment for the city they will inherit.
We're planting more street trees and increasing the number of trees in our parks and it's fantastic to join a program that helps children learn about the valuable role that trees play in city life.
As these trees grow we hope the children's commitment to their community, and doing their bit to help the environment, will also grow.
Green spaces benefit the community's health, cleaning pollutants from the air, creating shade in the hot summer months and enhancing general wellbeing. The City's target is to increase its urban canopy by 50 per cent by 2030.
The City has planted around 10,000 street trees in the past decade. There are around 30,000 street trees across the city, and a further 12,000 trees in the city's parks and open spaces. Along with green roofs and walls these trees contribute to the urban canopy, help combat climate change, and create wildlife corridors for native birds and animals.