Three people planting a tree.
Just Nature NYC Advancing a healthy and equitable urban forest. © Devan King/TNC

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Just Nature NYC Partnership

A collaboration with the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance will advance a bold vision for a healthy and equitable urban forest.

This partnership page was updated on August 21, 2020.

The climate crisis is worsening, both globally and in New York City. Historically marginalized environmental justice communities—with high densities of low-income residents and people of color—face the greatest risks due to the legacy of housing discrimination and environmental racism and persistent economic inequality.

While these challenges are significant, nature-based solutions, including trees, green roofs, rain gardens and wetlands, can help mitigate climate change impacts while supporting local livelihoods and thriving, active communities. The problem is that nature is not equitably distributed in New York City. To better understand this dynamic, and to ultimately help improve equitable access to nature and its benefits, the Just Nature NYC partnership is centered on the principle that all communities, and particularly those on the frontlines of the climate crisis, deserve access to high-quality nature.

We invite you to read more about the launch of our collaboration, goals for the partnership, and bold vision in our first post on Medium.

Our first step in advancing this partnership was to create a primer on why the urban forest is an environmental justice issue and how fostering it can help mitigate climate risks and improve public health in frontline and environmental justice communities. Explore our second post to see how you can help support New York City’s urban forest. Our first two posts are also available in Spanish. And, don’t miss our third post on Medium, where we share more on our webinar exploring how nature-based solutions can help address systemic inequalities.

We encourage you to check back for further updates on Just Nature NYC as our work progresses!