Mature trees sequester substantial amounts of carbon, something that saplings cannot accomplish for decades. So every loss of a mature tree contributes to the climate crisis. Moreover, the loss of even a single tree impacts air quality, heat levels, and storm water drainage for half a city block. Neighborhoods and towns with less wealth and more people of color have fewer trees and are at greater risk for health and climate emergencies, making the loss of trees an environmental justice issue.

This online forum on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm will make a case that trees are a public good and discuss steps that local organizations and communities can take to protect our tree canopies.



  • Darius Coombs, Wampanoag Nation
  • Yvonne Lalyre, Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard
  • Bob Leverett, co-founder of the Native Tree Society, the co-founder and President of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, a senior advisor to American Forests on the Champion Tree Program, co-founder of the Champion Tree Certification Cadre, and Chair of the Massachusetts DCR Forest Reserves Science Advisory
  • Cindy Creem, Massachusetts State Senator
  • Michelle Wu, Mayor of Boston
  • Marc Welch, Newton City Forester

This event is sponsored by Call2Action Massachusetts (C2A), Green New Deal/Climate Crisis Working Group, Green Newton, and Our Revolution Mass (ORMA).