Whether you’re from the United States and call it the Beltway or Europe and call it the Ring Road, Madrid will soon call it Green way because the Spanish capital wants to fight the heat of the city with green seas.
Their urban forest project will include planting nearly half a million trees within a 75 km radius around the city. When trees are mature, they have to absorb about 175,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Black pine, beech, Spanish juniper and various types of oak can be found in the arid center of Spain, where Spain’s capital is located, and it is these native trees that require little water or special soil conditions to form new forests.
What we want to do is improve the air quality throughout the city, combat the “heat island effect” in the city, absorb the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the city and connect all the existing forests,” Mariano Fuentes says.
As an environmental and urban development consultant in Madrid, Fuentes states that for cities that emit three-quarters of man-made CO2, which tend to absorb more heat and bad air than the surrounding provinces, methods of combating climate change and general environmental degradation must vary.
“This has to be a global strategy,” Fuentes added. “It’s not just about cars, it’s also about pedestrian strategies, creating ecological corridors in each area … and most importantly … to get citizens excited about this new green culture, it’s very important for every city to get the best in the near future. “
Experts have assured reporters that “this is not a park”, but for nature lovers, it’s sure to be a place of relaxation, shade and habitat for birds who will work day and night to absorb excess heat and clean the air of Europe’s big cities.