Cities tend to experience temperatures 2 to 3°C higher than rural areas. Urban greenery helps to reduce this ‘heat island’ effect. Initiatives to make cities greener can be led by residents as well as local authorities. You can plant trees in the streets, introduce greenery to roundabouts or road verges and climbing plants to facades, or plant flowers around the bases of trees in public spaces.
Many local councils are supporting residents and setting up programmes specifically to this effect. Some are even organising calls for projects to finance citizen-led initiatives.
Other possible actions:
- Ask your local authorities to set up wildlife crossings.
- Ask your local authorities to make street furniture greener.
- Ask your local authorities to replace tarmac with other surfacing materials that have a higher reflective coefficient and are more permeable.