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North America, United States

How Systemic Racism Linked to Fewer Trees in Your City

Author: NowThis Earth
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Social Studies, History, Geography, Justice, Health
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 10 minutes, CC, Subtitles
  • This video describes the effects of redlining on tree cover in cities across America. 
  • Students learn about redlining and its effects, as well as the importance of tree cover in urban areas. 
Teaching Tips


  • It contains graphics that enhance understanding of the video.
  • It informs students about organizations like American Forestry and Baltimore Tree Trust.
  • It emphasizes the need to increase tree cover in affected communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with environmental racism.


  • Teachers could use this video to explain environmental racism to 6th-8th graders.
  • You could show the video from 0:36-1:21 to explain how redlining has led to fewer trees.
  • Teachers can facilitate a group activity where students use the Tree Equity Score to explore different cities in the United States. 
  • Click here for a similar video on urban heat waves and communities of color. 
  • Click here and here for other resources on environmental racism.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan on redlining and environmental racism.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan called Cities, Trees & Inequality.

Scientist Notes
The resource describes the history of redlining and disparity of tree cover among urban cities in the USA. It connects how Indigenous communities and people of colour become less resilient to climate change impacts as a result of low tree equity score and environmental racism. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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