Don’t Let LA’s Trees Become Casualties of the Drought

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An Urgent Arbor Day Message from TreePeople Founder and President, Andy Lipkis

As I drive through LA this beautiful spring my heart is breaking. In every street, in every block, I see trees in decline.

This is a quiet crisis, and it’s accelerating.

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Andy Lipkis spoke at the City’s Save the Drop campaign launch in April.

Earlier this month I sat in a presentation by the Urban Forester of Santa Monica. He said that after four years of drought, our trees’ ability to take up water has atrophied, especially in trees not native to our region.… Read more >>

Forbes: Why Does California Let Billions Of Gallons Of Fresh Water Flow Straight Into The Ocean?

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LA has the capability to truly be livable, resilient and water-secure if we work together, and TreePeople is proud to partner with the people to make this vision a reality. We can adapt in the face of our changing climate, but we must support enabling policies while also being change makers in our own homes. Read on to see how in my interview with Ashoka for Forbes below:

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow and urban water expert Andy Lipkis

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that California is in the midst of a severe multi-year drought.… Read more >>

4 Ways To Care for LA Trees This Earth Month

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Happy Earth Month, fellow tree people!

A greener LA is always on our mind, but this month especially we’re thinking about the love we give to our urban forest. Climate change and a record drought mean that trees are stressed, and keeping LA green and sustainable is more important than ever. We rely on volunteers to help us transform our region into a healthy urban ecosystem, and there’s no time like the present to start doing your part!

Here are all the ways you can help out this month.… Read more >>

Students: Invent A Stormwater Pollution Hack for a Chance to Visit the Long Beach Floating Labs!

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TreePeople’s Generation Earth program challenges students to show LA County how we can alleviate the effects of stormwater pollution in our community! Students must invent or discover a stormwater pollution prevention hack (an easily accessible and affordable solution) to keep clean, help conserve, or recycle water, and then share the hack with their school.

 

Urban runoff is the single highest source of water pollution. Photo by Mahgum Asgarian.

Urban stormwater runoff is the single highest source of water pollution. Photo by Mahgum Asgarian.

 

Sign Up   Form a Challenge Team with at least five student leaders, an adult supervisor and be sure to email Generation Earth at emurphy@treepeople.org to receive your application packet.… Read more >>

Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils Comprehensive Sustainability pLAn for City of LA

Near and longterm outcomes for LA's new Sustainable City pLAn.

This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a comprehensive, multifaceted sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan (pLAn) includes a wide span of measurable actions the City hopes to reach by 2035 with a special focus on the environment with an emphasis on water, solar energy, carbon and climate change leadership and waste; economic development to support local green jobs, mobility and transit; and equity for LA’s urban ecosystem, livable neighborhoods, air quality and environmental justice.

Mayor Garcetti announces the new Sustainable City pLAn in Echo Park. (Photo: Rodd Talebi)

Mayor Garcetti announces the new Sustainable City pLAn in Echo Park.

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Yes, We Can Save Water (and Save Trees)

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Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown issued the first mandatory water restrictions in response to our state’s historic drought. As this drought deepens and worsens and fears rise, it’s important to know that another country faced a very similar threat: Australia endured a devastating 12-year drought from 1997 – 2010. Because they have similar climate, and very similar people and economy, their story, their powerful successes, and some of their painful mistakes and lessons can serve as a guide to us in Los Angeles and California…to ensure we succeed and thrive.  … Read more >>

Make No Mistake: Concrete is the Enemy

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Statement from Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, calls on Angelenos to rip out concrete and plant trees to capture what rainfall LA gets.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.– TreePeople heard fighting words when news reports showed an anti-tree group calling themselves “Save Our Concrete” holding a protest at a downtown Los Angeles parking lot earlier today.

The truth is that concrete is the enemy of Los Angeles. It is the enemy because, among other reasons, as LA suffers through historic drought, concrete takes away our water.… Read more >>