We Need to Get Serious About Universal Access to Shade

The Build Back Better plan actually included a substantial amount of funding for tree-planting, deliberately focusing on the shade gaps that deprive poorer people of access to nice trees. Of course, this was immediately mocked by conservatives—FreedomWorks said “The Democrats want you American taxpayers to shell out $3 billion for ‘non-racist’ trees.” But it was a good idea, the necessity of which should be more apparent as we struggle through another unbearable summer—and realize that things are only going to get worse.

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