How Green is Your Neighborhood?
Question:

The world’s largest recruiter to environmental movement “Earth Day” has declared 2016 as the planting trees year, in order to mitigate the Global Warming.

Goals set by Earth Day organizers included massive tree planting with a target of 7.8 billion new trees planted worldwide during 2016.

Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing  the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.  In this limited research, we will use your inputs to map the "greenery level" at few selected locations in Israel.

Here is your mission:

a.   Your Location - Please add your location to the map below.

Please attach a picture of trees and greenery nearby your location to your point on the map.

b. Trees and Greenery (The dependent variable examined)

Choose one of the following options:

1 - There are less than 10 trees near my house.

2 - I can count around 10 - 50 trees near my house.

3 - I can count more than 100 trees near my house.

4 - My neighborhood is located nearby a Municipal Park.

5 - My neighborhood is located nearby a Forest or a National Park.

The following video, created by a member of our group (Niki Bassat), demonstrates a few examples to illustrate the above-mentioned options. If you find more than one relevant option, please choose the highest one:  



From the above-mentioned options, which is the one that defines the "trees and greenery" level of your neighborhood?
Provide an answer by clicking on "Map" and then on "Add an Answer".



Results, Analysis and Discussion

Urban forests help to improve the air quality. Our colleague’s task was to define their neighborhood’s greenery level by photo capturing and quantified estimation. The following color-coded map illustrates the results:


Due to the limited amount of responders, the map coverage is minimal, yet additional information is available in the “Keren Kayemet LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund” website by using the following link: KKL (JNF) Web site - Plant the Planet (Planting for the Environment).

Global warming threatens the existence of humankind, Planting trees is the only active way to stop the greenhouse effect causing the global warming.

Each tree absorbs an average of 0.7 tons of carbon dioxide in the course of its lifetime. A person has to plant an average of 200 trees in order to deduct the waste he produces in his lifetime. Every year, the forests deduct half a million tons of greenhouse gases. This amount is equivalent to the annual carbon emission of 75,000 cars driving 20,000 km a year. They also serve as noise and pollution barriers in industrial areas.

Future Plans
KKL (JNF) is committed to the “billion trees “(Plant the Planet) initiated by the United Nations (UNEP) to plant 6 million trees over the next 10 years.

Israel’s National Outline Plan for Forests (Tama 22) includes 1.6 million dunams of forests, woodlands and areas intended for afforestation.


The obvious conclusion of this limited research is that all of us (citizens and authorities) should struggle for establishing greener neighborhoods. The goal should be color grade of above (3) throughout the entire country.

On top of removing (sequestering) the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere during photosynthesis, trees also remove other gaseous pollutants through the stomata in the leaf surface. Some of the other major air pollutants are : Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), and small particles emitted in smoke from burning fuel.

We recommend continuing the research by monitoring and investigating the correlation between “pollutants levels” and “greenery level” at selected locations. Publishing this information will contribute to the awareness of citizens to their health and quality of life. It will also enforce planning and actions by the authorities.






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History of edits
Edited BY: Ronit Abraham Edit Date: 2016-07-08 19:59:04
Edited BY: Ronit Abraham Edit Date: 2016-06-21 15:34:34
Edited BY: Ronit Abraham Edit Date: 2016-06-21 15:32:20
Edited BY: Niki Bassat Edit Date: 2016-06-20 09:01:52
Edited BY: Niki Bassat Edit Date: 2016-06-20 09:00:33
Edited BY: Niki Bassat Edit Date: 2016-06-20 08:52:33
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