Florida is taking a big step and is ditching its palm trees to plant a more useful kind of tree. Trees that can better combat climate change.

Penni Redford, the Resilience and Climate Change Manager for West Palm Beach, said, “Palm trees do not sequester carbon at the same rate as our native canopy trees. And do not provide shade, cool down streets and sidewalks to help counter the urban heat island effect that canopy trees do.”

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Because palm trees only absorb 5 pounds of CO2 per year, this makes them much less effective at combating climate change.

Instead of chopping these trees shown, however, Florida has simply put in place a plan to plant other kinds of trees. Trees that can absorb more CO2 per year and decrease the pollution being sent into the air every day.

Trees can do a lot of good in helping us in the fight against climate change. This is why every state should make tree planting a priority.

As beautiful as the palm tree is, Florida has decided that they need trees that do more than make the view nicer. Prioritizing trees that can better help to clean up the state’s pollution and make a difference in the climate crisis that we are now experiencing.

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