By: CVC’s Jamie Williams, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Fall colours are at their peak. The spectrum of colours gives us another reason to be thankful for trees. The vibrant reds, yellows and oranges are a treat for our eyes, but trees certainly have many benefits beyond beautiful foliage.

Trees play an important role in helping to fight climate change. They clean the air by absorbing (called “sequestering”) carbon. They help prevent flooding and erosion and improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water. They also cool our cities with their shade and improve our mood and well-being when we spend time in nature.

That’s why planting trees continues to be so important. Last year we planted over 10,000 trees and shrubs in the Credit River Watershed, with help from many partners and volunteers. Over time, these trees will sequester more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

One of our decades-old partners is the City of Mississauga. They’re a leader in environmental action. One of their successful actions is their One Million Trees program which aims to plant one million trees by 2032.

Each year, City staff deliver more than 100 tree planting events, contributing to CVC’s vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Through the events, thousands of young trees and shrubs get planted in parks across Mississauga.

Last year, the City of Mississauga’s Parks, Forestry and Environment division received the Green Cities Award as part of our annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. The award recognized Mississauga’s environmental leadership for its tree planting program that is making a big impact by adding green infrastructure and building climate resiliency in a large urban centre.

Each planted tree improves the quality and availability of green space in Mississauga. It helps create more opportunities for people to connect with nature. The One Million Trees program inspires and empowers organizations, schools, businesses and residents to build resiliency for our changing climate and a healthy environment for future generations.

While you enjoy the last of the fall colours this season, take a walk through green spaces in Mississauga and look for signs of the One Million Trees program in your neighbourhood.

The Green Cities Award is one of eight awards issued at CVC’s annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. Our awards program honours local environmental champions who deserve recognition for their important work in the community. To learn more about award categories and to nominate someone, visit our Conservation Awards website

Nominations are open until November 29!

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