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Benefits of Urban Trees

Author: UN FAO
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Economics, Health
Resource Type:
  • Video, 1 minute, 15 seconds
  • This brief animated video presents the various benefits of planting trees in urban environments. 
  • The video shows that trees can reduce air temperature, filter air pollutants from the air, increase habitat for wildlife, remove carbon dioxide, reduce energy costs to heat and cool buildings, provide food and resources to people, increase property values, and increase physical and mental health. 
  • This video from the UN FAO is not narrated but includes animated images and text with background music. 
Teaching Tips


  •  This video is very succinct and provides a quick resource to break up a lecture or introduce an activity. 

Additional Prerequisites

  •  The sound on the video can be muted, if desired, and you may want to periodically pause the video to ensure students have completed reading all the text.


  •   Cross-curricular connections could be made with math, social studies, economics, and physics. 
Scientist Notes
The resource explores the benefits of tree planting in urban areas, urban population will increase exponentially by 2050, hence the need to plant more trees in urban areas to sequester carbon, filter air pollution, noise and reduce urban heat island effect. However, in the resource, FAO, reports 150kg of Co2 is sequestered by a tree per year. Please note that, the amount of Co2 being sequestered depends on the tree architecture, structure, leaf arrangements and other components of the tree. The resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 3: Developing Claims and Using Evidence
      • D3.3.6-8 Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources to support claims, noting evidentiary limitations.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
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