The Green Sense Radio Show, a pioneering program that has been on the air since 2010, focuses on sustainability by engaging with scientists, business leaders, activists, and entrepreneurs. In a recent episode, the show featured Tony (Tonatiu) Rodriguez, the Forestry Program Coordinator at Openlands, to discuss the importance of tree canopies and the efforts to grow and protect Chicago’s urban forest.
Tony Rodriguez is actively involved with the Tree Planters Grant and Community Outreach and education programs at Openlands. During the episode, he emphasized the negative impact of reduced tree canopies, explaining that when tree cover is diminished, communities experience increased heat and pollution. This, in turn, affects the overall quality of life for residents.
Rodriguez also delved into the positive effects of trees, highlighting their role in enhancing the environment and contributing to the well-being of communities. He pointed out how diseases have led to a decrease in the number of trees, and how this loss has further emphasized the need for protection and growth of the urban forest.
The conversation also touched on the ongoing efforts to grow Chicago’s tree canopy. Rodriguez and others are working diligently to protect the urban forest, recognizing the vital role it plays in the ecosystem. Their work includes not only planting new trees but also educating the community about the importance of maintaining and nurturing the existing tree population.
The Green Sense Radio Show continues to be a leading voice in the conversation about sustainability. Every Tuesday, listeners can tune in to hear the latest show or download the complete library of podcasts from platforms like Spotify, Podbean, iTunes, and Stitcher. Additionally, the Green Sense Minute is available every Thursday and Saturday on 780 AM & 105.9 FM, WBBM Chicago.
This episode with Tony Rodriguez adds to the rich tapestry of discussions that the Green Sense Radio Show has facilitated over the years. By bringing attention to the critical issue of urban forestry and the need to protect and grow tree canopies, the show continues to educate and inspire listeners to take action towards a more sustainable future. Whether it’s understanding the science behind sustainability or learning about practical ways to make a difference, the Green Sense Radio Show remains a valuable resource for anyone interested in shaping a sustainable future.