Belgian heatwave: six million trees needed to make cities more liveable
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Brussels parks will be closed due to approaching storms. Credit: Wikipedia
The environmental association BOS+ is calling on the next Flemish government to work towards the large scale greening of towns and villages.
According to BOS+, at least six million trees would have to be planted in the short term in order to “improve our living conditions during heat waves in an ecological and responsible way.”
With the shade they provide and their capacity to “transpire water”, trees refresh the environment, the organisation declared in a press release.
“In green residential zones, the temperature is brought under control. But there is concrete, stone and tarmac there, the heat tends to accumulate and stagnate for a certain time,” the director Bert De Somviele explained. “Consequently, there can be a difference of 10 degrees between pockets of heat in towns and greener zones.”
According to BOS+, at least six million trees need to be planted in the short term to make living in towns more tolerable during heatwaves.