Investing in the environment will support the economy and future prosperity. To address current social challenges, our work thinks about how the decisions we take now affect the future. Planting trees can create jobs, green space for outdoor recreation, natural cooling and shading services, cleaner air, a habitat for biodiversity and a legacy that contributes to our well-being and a greater sense of prosperity.
We are also fortunate to benefit from the trees surrounding us in Cambridge: from the lime avenues along ‘The Backs’, to the trees dotted throughout the University’s Sidgwick site where we work. This is one of our favourites.
By Professor Diane Coyle, Economist, The Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
This story is part of a new gallery of images and voices gathered to celebrate Tree Charter Day 2020. You can support the Tree Charter and celebrate Cambridge’s Urban forest by:
Exploring the gallery of trees and voices gathered for this celebration
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