Trees, Climate Change, and Health: An Urban Planning, Greening and Implementation Perspective

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Sep 21;20(18):6798. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20186798.


The In Conversation: Boundary, Spanners, Thinkers and Policy Actors Round Table Series provides a platform for researchers, policy actors, and implementation experts to elevate discussion on emerging issues, present new and upcoming research, and facilitate conversations around impacts and possible solutions. This brief report, on trees, climate change, and health, reflects a conversation between the authors of this paper, along with supporting literature. It explores the potential of green spaces and trees as a viable strategy to address climate change challenges and simultaneously improve population health, well-being, and health equity. In particular, it highlights the public health benefits of trees and green space, the challenges faced in urban areas, and opportunities for the protection, maintenance and regeneration of urban green space.

Keywords: environmental health; environmental policy; green space; public health; sustainable cities; urban environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • City Planning*
  • Climate Change
  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Trees*

Grants and funding

We acknowledge the HEAL (Healthy Environments And Lives) National Research Network, which receives funding from the NHMRC Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (Grant No. 2008937).