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Bipartisan infrastructure bill could expand federal support for urban tree placement gaps

The bipartisan infrastructure bill (H.R. 3684) moving in the Senate this week would expand federal support for urban tree placement gaps through a mapping program. The Healthy Streets initiative would put more efforts towards increasing tree canopy cover in marginalized neighborhoods nationwide. The bill authorizes $100 million a year for five years under a federal grant program to achieve better tree equity.

Multiple studies have shown that poorer neighborhoods have less tree canopy than richer areas.

Up to this point nonprofit groups and corporations have driven drive tree-planting efforts and boosting urban canopies in cities of all sizes both rural and urban.

The funding could cover the purchasing and planting of trees and the development of tree canopy plans. It also would encourage cities to use porous pavement—more permeable types of concrete, asphalt, and pavers—to absorb stormwater and reduce urban hot spots.

Preserving mature trees and strategically planting younger trees slow stormwater runoff, alleviate the urban heat island effect and provide increased mental well-being among other benefits like biodiversity net gain, erosion control etc.

Language of the bill can be found here.

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It’s Plastic Free July: What you can do to go plastic free?

ROAR challenges everyone to go plastic free this month to demonstrate that yes, it can be done in small baby steps to completely cold turkey…we know some people are better positioned to go plastic free than others…to just minimizing the plastic you use in your daily life. It can be as simple as going from a single use coffee cup to a reusable mug, to bringing your own utensils to a picnic or switching from plastic straws to reusable ones.

July is a month to challenge yourself to go plastic free by taking the Plastic Free July® challenge.

Plastic Free July® is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that challenges people globally to go plastic free throughout the month of July with the hope that some of those individuals going completely plastic free from now on.

We know it is hard to go completely plastic free, but ROAR encourages the community to try this challenge out for a month and see if you can weave most of the principles of it into your daily life.

Take the challenge to go plastic free this month or for longer at PlasticFreeJuly.org. https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/

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The Next World

A Call for Shaping the Next World

So much has happened in the last two months! How can any of us digest it? With so many people deeply suffering, and the loss of so much life and so many livelihoods, it’s hard to know how to conscientiously and productively respond.


Many of us have been asking–individually and collectively: What will the Next World be like? How can we use our full energies to shape that world? How can we do two things at once: First, help those who are most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis restore stability to their lives, while secondly shaping a new world that is more equitable, and more true to the realities of the earth we live on?

As a clearinghouse for such ideas and information, ROAR is providing a list of local activities that address climate change directly and indirectly in our section called Local Resources. In addition, ROAR surveyed an array of key theorists and activists–both local and national–who are striving to answer those fundamental questions. Below is our list of the Top Ten Articles for restructuring the economy, fostering strong climate change action, and addressing inequities as we shape that next world.

Please have a look at these articles and resources and keep your eyes out for the next activity: ROAR will host a series of Next World Conversations in late May and June which will lead to deliberate action for the Central Ohio region.

More to come… In the meantime, stay in touch. You can post comments with YOUR ideas for building the NEXT WORLD on this article on our website or on Facebook.

Terry Hermsen, ROAR

Global Warming’s Six Americas in 2020

Today, the Alarmed (26%) outnumber the Dismissive (7%) nearly 4 to 1. More than half (54%) of Americans are either Alarmed or Concerned, while the Doubtful and Dismissive are only 18% of the population. However, because conservative media organizations prominently feature Dismissive politicians, pundits and industry officials, most Americans overestimate the prevalence of Dismissive beliefs among other Americans.