This article in VICE is notable. The author - Sophia Smith Galer - says "Environmentalists claim councils are wasting public money with failed tree-planting initiatives so they can be 'seen to be doing something' about the climate crisis." I think it's a valid argument. Though she writes about goings-on in England, we've seen the same problem here. Thousands of trees have been planted in parks, highway median strips and other public places on Arbor Day and at other times ostensibly to combat climate change or beautify the environment only to be left untended by the departments charged with maintenance. Did they intend to do better, or were those just useless "feel-good" projects? Read the rest of her article.
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