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Do-Gooders Should Survey Communities First
"This is Americans sixty seconds science. I'm Jason Goldman all trees in cities do miserable. Good for biodiversity and for human health. They scrub pollution from the air they provide habitat for wildlife. They make streets look nicer, and they even reduce stress and have been linked to reductions in crime back in twenty fifteen a group of Toronto based researchers discovered than planting just eleven more trees per city block could reduce heart related conditions by the same amount. As if everybody living on that block became a year and a half younger, but in Detroit between two thousand eleven and twenty four team a quarter of eligible homeowners turned down in offer from a local nonprofit for free street. Trees ironic, considering Detroit's nickname was once the city of trees was actually over eighteen hundred tr. Trees that were rejected out of an eligible seven thousand four hundred twenty five. So it was a big enough issue at that point where it warranted further investigation. Forestry researcher Christine Carmichael who did the research at Michigan state and has since moved to university of Vermont, the nonprofit created an education campaign to get more. Residents to accept the free trees the assumption being that if people had all the facts, they'd be more likely to take the trees, but when Carmichael talked to residents she found that they understood the benefits of trees their unease was about trust. Basically what I found was that opposition into trait to tree planting among some of these residents resulted primarily from negative past experiences with street trees, particularly in low income neighborhoods that were grappling with blight from vacant properties, which created an additional burden of care for their neighborhood. In the last half century or so more than half a million Detroit. Trees died from disease neglect at the same time. The city underwent dramatic demographic shifts by twenty sixteen Detroit was eighty two percent African American and had the highest percentage of low income residents in the country as a result. It was primarily low income African American communities who were forced to deal with the consequences and the hazards like falling limbs posed by dead trees in speaking with residents Carmichael found that they'd be more willing to accept free trees, if they could be more involved in the decision making process locals wanted input on tree size, and whether they produced flowers, they also have a reasonably wanted to avoid trees that could drop rotting fruits or sap on cars and sidewalks the findings by Carmichael and marine. Mcdonagh are in the journal society and natural resource. It's important to provide a space for people's stories to be heard about what their experience of community change has been and let them know that you understand and respect their experience. And I think that would open people up more trusting the intentions of organizations that come into a neighborhood to do good. Thanks for the minute for scientists Americans. Sixty seconds science. I'm Jason Goldman.