Our cities need more trees and green spaces

The natural beauty of Australia’s cities is world famous. Our outdoor life style is enviable. And our parks and trees are a valuable inheritance. But as the cities grow, developers are bulldozing the bush for housing and infrastructure, chainsawing city trees and grabbing green spaces - making the city less healthy and liveable.

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Every week we are contacted by communities in shock over a plan to sell-off a much loved park, and urban tree canopies that are being cut down. We all know we need more green space as the population grows. But the government doesn't seem to get it. TEC supports your efforts to protect local ecosystems and the quality of your way of life.  We are campaigning hard for legal protection of the urban tree canopy and our shared green spaces.

Change is happening!

TEC is building a stronger voice for our trees and green spaces with a community fight-back campaign to challenge the short term development trend in our cities. The Sydney Morning Herald has analysed the need for our SOS Green Spaces Map, which tracks threatened spaces in 70 locations across Sydney with detailed information about local trees, native species, and resident action groups. The "war on trees" is continuing unabated under Premier Gladys Berejiklian. PLEASE DONATE to help us keep building and updating the SOS Green Spaces Map. It will ensure your community has a clear overview of the destruction taking place. Together we can build a powerful network to protect remaining bushland, preserve and expand parks for family picnics and active sports, and create more shade for our streets to alleviate dangerous urban heat island impacts on our health and climate. 

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What You Can Do:

  • Sign the Petition
  • donate to our SOS Green Spaces Map, informing and uniting communities across Sydney
  • download our SOS Green Spaces Toolkit to learn how to protect your green space 
  • download our Urban Sanctuary Report
  • contact your local MP and let them know you want your green spaces preserved and respected

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