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Steps You Can Take To Fight Climate Change

The path to a greener and more resilient planet can sometimes feel overwhelming and out of your hands. But there are ways that you and your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors can take action today to create a more livable planet for you and your children. Take these six simple steps toward fighting climate change in NYC:

1. Take care of the trees on your block

The image shows cars driving down Eastern Parkway. The parkway is flanked by trees and neighborhood houses.

You may not have the resources to care for every tree on the planet, but you can start by caring for the tree on your block. Trees offer clear environmental and ecological benefits to the city. They clean our air, keep us cool, save on energy bills, and provide a healthy environment for future generations. Take the first step to caring for your tree, and use the NYC Street Tree Map to find out how you can care for your trees and record your activities. 

Does your block need more trees? Find out how you can have a tree planted on your sidewalk  

2. Become a steward

A woman tends to branches of a tree in a forest.

Meet and join fellow environmentalists who can make your city greener! Our Stewardship Team cares for our street trees, forests, wetland areas, and help monitor wildlife that play a vital role in our ecosystem—and you can register for an upcoming program today. Find out how you can become a volunteer Parks steward

3. Ride a bike

A man showing a thumbs up leads a group on a bike ride on a greenway.

Air pollution is still a serious threat in NYC. Help us "achieve the cleanest air quality of any big U.S. city" by 2030 by simply riding a bike. Riding a bike helps reduce pollution levels in our city. Riding a bike requires no fuel, unlike most cars, buses, and other motor vehicles that release toxic gas into the city we love. Get moving on your bike today! Grab the NYC Bike Map and plan your next trip to work, to hang out, or to visit your loved ones. Don’t own a bike? Find out how you can rent a bike in NYC!

4. Recycle responsibly

The image shows a tall landfill littered with many pieces of trash.

Trash dumped at landfills harm our environment by sending toxins in our air, soil, and water. To help make our environment cleaner and greener, the City is encouraging New Yorkers to pledge to contribute zero waste to landfills by 2030. Find fun ways you can recycle your trash, compost food scrap, and re-purpose yard waste today—Take the Pledge!

5. Grow a pollinator garden

A bee lands on flowers in a garden.

With the changing climate, pollinators that help grow our food, such as birds, bees, bats, and butterflies, are at risk. You can help provide a safe haven for food and shelter by growing a pollinator garden with flowering plants that provide nectar and pollen sources. Don't have room for an outdoor garden? Volunteer with your neighbors to help grow gardens in our parks, or grow your own garden bed at a GreenThumb community garden! At community gardens, you can grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and even raise chickens! 

6. Mobilize a group 

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If you and your friends want to do something for the environment, we’re here to help you get started. Whether your team has a project in mind or is just looking to pitch in, we’ll share helpful resources and provide the tools you need! Learn more about requesting a project for your group

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