An Open Letter to Angelenos in a Time of Drought

Untitled design (1)

You can’t care about trees without caring about water. The two are intimately connected.

That’s why TreePeople has been committed to take rainwater harvesting to scale for over 20 years. Rainwater can and should be a significant part of our water supply.

Each month, hundreds of people attend our workshops and install rain tanks at home. It hasn’t always been so easy. In the past, when drought wasn’t on people’s minds, the dominant mindset was that Los Angeles is a desert–assuming we didn’t get more than a few drops of water a year.Read more >>

Speak Up for LA’s Water Future

24629745934_24c192e68a_k

El Niño isn’t panning out to be the drought buster we had hoped.

Despite the recent rain, scientists believe prolonged drought is in California’s future. We shouldn’t be surprised. The links between climate change and extreme weather patterns are undeniable. Weather satellites marked February as the hottest month on record, and our recent weather has been erratic. Now is the time to take action.  For 20 years, we have been LA water leaders, advocating for a secure local supply. Will you join us now in our efforts to protect LA’s water?Read more >>

NEW: Research from Australia to Create a Water-Secure LA

TreePeople---Transferring-Lessons-1

What I witnessed in Australia truly shifted my thinking. Once I returned home, I found myself waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about how to transform LA to capture and conserve water.

-study trip delegate Councilmember Felipe Fuentes

TreePeople is proud to announce the release of our new report, Transferring Lessons from Australia’s Millennium Drought to California.

California and Australia share many climatic, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics that lend themselves to meaningful exchanges of knowledge and innovations.Read more >>

Join Our Twitter Party to Celebrate #WorldWaterDay

OutWithDrought_Twitter

Between 1997 to 2010, Australia experienced the devastating “Millennium Drought,” a period that brought the region’s longest stretch of drought on record. Four years in, their drought was similar to California’s current experience: overwhelming and destructive.

To learn from Australia’s experience, TreePeople has been leading the way in research to adopt drought solutions locally. In 2014, TreePeople and The Energy Coalition co-organized a delegation of policymakers and elected officials to some of Australia’s most innovative cities to learn from their drought solutions.Read more >>

Design Our Next Shirt!

16219520428_2962b424cb_k

Calling all creative TreePeople!

If you have been to a tree care, planting or outreach event, you’ve probably noticed the green shirts our staff, volunteer and restoration supervisors wear. It’s a staple of our volunteer events!

But we’re ready for a new design and want YOU to be involved! Here’s your chance to become a TreePeople legend. Join our contest and submit a new design for our next swanky T-shirt.

The winning design will be printed on TreePeople shirts worn by staff, outreach volunteers and supervisors–gaining exposure to thousands of volunteers across LA each year!Read more >>

Nature: Our Best Technology

24978357122_058a1ef043_k

What do Velcro, bullet trains and LED lights have in common? Their designs were inspired by nature.  It’s true!

giphy (2)

The Kingfishers’ ability to dive at into water at high speeds to catch prey inspired the aerodynamic design of modern bullet trains.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT CAMAZINE; CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT CAMAZINE

The tiny seed casings that stick to your clothes while you’re on a hike inspired Velcro hook designs.giphy (3)

Even LED lights were inspired by nature–by studying lightening bugs!

Nature-inspired innovation is called “biomimicry,” and it’s more common than you might think!Read more >>

Training a Green Workforce for LA’s Water Future

24870349089_32c79a6785_k

Climate change research is creating wild weather patterns. Here in California, we’re already experiencing the impact. Longer droughts. Flash floods. More intense weather patterns like El Niño. The conditions seem to fluctuate week by week. If that’s our experience now, imagine the impacts we’ll see 10 years from now, and beyond.

That’s why TreePeople is a major proponent of rainwater harvesting, especially here in Los Angeles. Now is the time to plan for our rapidly changing future.

Therefore, we are proud to partner with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) to establish a trained workforce, ready to meet Los Angeles’ need for stormwater capture systems.Read more >>