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Everyone Can Plant a Tree & Help Fight Climate Change

You can:

Plant trees in your yard and around your home. They’ll provide shade to cool your home in summer and windbreaks to reduce cold winds in winter—reducing your energy needs.

Plant trees in your community—in parks, around schools, and in urban areas. Trees help shade buildings and pavement, reducing the heat-island effect and conserving energy.

Plant trees on your farm or rural property. Trees and woody agriculture also protect soil, provide wildlife habitat, shade your home, create windbreaks, and keep streams and rivers clean, while helping to fight climate change.

Plant trees in our national forests. You'll also be helping to restore these beautiful national treasures for future generations to enjoy.

Planting trees is a simple thing everyone can do to reduce carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. No matter where you live, you can plant trees…and take a proactive, positive step toward keeping our planet healthy.


  1. Plant the Right Trees in the Right Places
  2. The Urban Heat-Island Effect