Shade is an environmental justice issue. The ability to step into a shadow—of a tree, building, or shelter—should be widely accessible. Shade is not just a vital refuge from the burning sun, it can also help cool surface and air temperatures. In a warming world, it’s essential.
Fifty shades of… shade
Poor urban planning and deforestation in cities leave shade in short supply, which can be fatal during extreme heat. And that’s not the only reason policymakers should cast a light on the issue. Shade trees can also reduce electric bills and carbon footprints, all while sequestering the carbon produced by urbanization.
Of course, there’s more to shade than literal shadows. Metaphorically speaking, you can even throw it (and it’s so gratifying when done well). Let’s pull back the blinds.