Baltimore Climate and Health

Planting trees to fight climate change

BALTIMORE — As a field specialist at the Baltimore Tree Trust, Kwamel Couther spends most of his time planting and maintaining trees throughout the city.

“I can’t stop thinking about work,” Couther says, “even in my sleep.”

The Baltimore Tree Trust’s goal is to create a city tree canopy of 40 %. Since 2012, the nonprofit organization has planted more than 6,000 trees across Baltimore — many in neighborhoods such as McElderry Park, an urban heat island.

Couther said that trees serve many benefits, including lowering energy bills. The trust says trees can provide shade, lower temperatures, clean the air and “lessen the effects of climate change” in Baltimore.