Although we often hear about tree planting campaigns as a solution to climate change, this can put too great an expectation on trees and those that manage trees. No city can adequately compensate for the carbon output of the town or city in which it grows. Importantly, urban trees can mitigate climate change problems locally, but they cannot meaningfully contribute to lowering the current rate of climate change.
Trees have many benefits but carbon storage is one of the lowest of these values. We plant and care for trees for so many other reasons, such as shade, air quality, property values, and aesthetic beauty. However, it helps to realize that to make a meaningful contribution to addressing climate change, we need to be talking about planting extensive forests in regions of the world where this is viable, and stop cutting down the many intact forests that our beautiful planet is currently adorned with. There is simply not enough land on earth to tackle climate change with trees alone.