Milan – the fashion city is going green

Milan, the city of Italian fashion and the economic capital of the country, is known to many of its inhabitants for not exactly being a colorful and shiny place. The ashy faceless buildings, the dark color of the concrete all around and the constant fog that overshadows the sun and traps the pollution have contributed to the city’s fame as an ultimately grey metropolis. But these days people are talking about Milan because of another shade, which is fast becoming the other protagonist in the city’s color palette.
The city is “going green” in a major way to fight against climate change and improve the quality of life of its 1.4 million citizens. Local authorities have announced plans to plant 3 million trees by 2030, believing that the increase in greenery will have a positive effect on the quality of air, and consequently on the health of the people.
To live up to the plan, it will be necessary to plant 25,000 new trees every year for the next 10 years. According to Italian media, the city’s authorities are planning to create 20 new urban parks, to extend the already existing ones and to make the most out of discarded areas like an abandoned freight railway network which will be turned into seven parks. Trees will also be planted in more than 2,000 schoolyards and in private gardens, parking lots will be reconverted into parks and greenery will be also planted on flat rooftops, with 10 million square meters already fit for the project.