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.
Released on April 1st as both an April Fool’s Day joke and as a kickoff to Earth Month, TreePeople’s new video campaign, Save Our Concrete, is full of gags (like a nod to the Tiananmen Square tank man), and features TreePeople volunteers as faux protestors.
“Sometimes a large corporation must plant a tree,” says the actor playing the part of the corporate executive. Sign-wielding marchers chant “Save Our Concrete!” in a downtown LA parking lot, the 6th Street Bridge visible in the background.… Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
Trees are often touted for providing shade, cleaning our air and capturing the rain, but did you know trees also are living anti-depressants?
Recent studies show that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier and more connected to their communities. Just a few of the reasons you should hug a tree today.
The Mind-Body-Tree Connection
Now that more than half the world’s population experiences the stress related to modern city life, urban green spaces are more important than ever for our collective and emotional well being.… Read more >>
For decades Angelenos have maintained an image of the perfect suburban yard. We imagine homes with neatly trimmed hedges, colorful flower beds beneath the windows and a lush, green, well-manicured lawn rolling right up to the front door.
The perpetuation of this image has skewed our sense of natural beauty. Not only is that ideal simply not sustainable in our climate, but in order to achieve it people sometimes turn to what they think is a good alternative: artificial turf. In other words, fake grass.… Read more >>
La gente necesita árboles y los árboles necesitan la gente.
Una vez que el árbol esta sembrado, todavía necesita su ayuda para crecer fuerte y sano. Cubriendo el área alrededor del árbol con un grueso manto de abono (rallado o corturas de madera) ayuda crear un ambiente saludable en la tierra, que es vital para su crecimiento y ayuda que los árboles crecen en la clima seca de LA.
Mira este video para saber cómo empezar a cuidar sus árboles. ¡Es fácil!… Read more >>