Watts’ history is a tangled fabric of beauty and tension. Like threads weaving through a quilt, its story is a mixed patchwork of personality, diversity– but also pain. Streets running through the city hold deep memories of conflict and fire, but like the Watts Towers, the people’s resilience and character are strong. It’s been 53 years since the uprising that left $40 million in damages in its wake. The people here have suffered ongoing chronic health problems, crime and poverty, but change is coming for this historic community in the heart of LA.… Read more >>
How do you cope with heat waves? Do you go swimming? Go to the movies? Crank up the air conditioning and stay home?
While these are all great options for most of us, many of these are not available to our fellow Angelenos. Half of LA’s households do not have air conditioning. For some households, turning on the A/C is not always an option when paying for electricity means less money for food or healthcare.
Imagine the people who rely on public transportation– these Angelenos have little to no protection as they fry in the sun on the way to work or school.… Read more >>
What’s your favorite California native plant?
If you’re drawing a blank, then this blog is for you. Not only are these native plants a beautiful addition to any garden, they provide a sense of place.
California natives are perfectly suited to our Mediterranean climate. They thrive in the cool, wet winters and dry summers– making them a water-wise gardener’s best friend. What really makes native plants such a lovely addition is their ability to connect us to the land– to the smells, textures and beauty of the surrounding mountains and open spaces that are “native” to our area.… Read more >>
As temperatures begin to drop and the rainy season (hopefully) approaches, it’s time to prepare our climate-ready gardens to capture some of that precious rainwater!
For those of you unfamiliar with this exciting trend, we interviewed our friend, Ms. Rain Barrel to get you in the know!
So I hear that you’re part of this new fad – harvesting rainwater. Do you think it’s going to last?
People have been collecting rainwater for thousands of years all around the world so this is no new trend!… Read more >>
Just three 3 miles from the trendy shops and construction cranes of Downtown LA’s Arts District, there’s a different kind of change at work in the community of Huntington Park. Where not that long ago only sun-baked sidewalks sprawled through the city, now there are blocks and blocks of tree-lined streets and a small army of school-aged volunteers mobilized to care of them.
On any given weekend, TreePeople’s Regional Manager, Cristina Basurto partners with local youth to plant, water and care for trees they plant to provide a greener future, cleaner air and a healthier community for residents.… Read more >>
With last year’s record breaking rain, it is more important than ever to prepare for another onslaught of moisture heading toward LA this winter.
Did you know 3.8 billion gallons of polluted water is sent into the ocean for every inch of rain that falls on the City of Los Angeles?
This isn’t how it always used to be.
The LA Basin used to capture 90% of the rain that fell from the sky, while 10% made its way out to the ocean through rivers and streams.… Read more >>
Angelenos, a huge opportunity exists right now for you to take action to protect our City’s urban forest!
Did you know, the City of LA has launched a 30-year sidewalk repair program? This was triggered by a city settlement that secured more than $1.4 billion to make our sidewalks more accessible for all Angelenos. TreePeople has since championed the protection of our urban trees throughout this process. Our work on this effort, along with our partners, has led to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to determine the impacts of the sidewalk replacement citywide–this includes the impacts to our urban forest!… Read more >>
The future of LA’s trees is in the hands of the next generation of Angelenos this summer.
After five years of historic drought and extreme heat, many of LA’s trees are thirsty and vulnerable. And without healthy trees shading campuses and communities, students suffer— the air they breathe isn’t clean, they don’t have access to green space to cool down and even have their health impacted.
Thankfully for the third summer in a row, TreePeople’s Youth Leadership Program has invited LA area high school students to take climate action and join in on our Summer Tree Care Internship.… Read more >>
LA just increased its coolness factor by $320,000!
On the heels of a sweltering summer, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council of the U.S. Forest Service awarded the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative (LAUCC), a national partnership led by TreePeople, a $320,000 grant to fund life-saving urban heat research.
The LAUCC is a unique national partnership between nonprofit groups, universities, government agencies and other experts with a goal to create neighborhood-by-neighborhood prescriptions against heat. The Collaborative is developing the most effective dose of trees plus reflective roofs and surfaces in order to save lives and make LA more livable, both today and in tomorrow’s changing climate.… Read more >>
“One tree is magic when you have none, two trees are hope when you have one, and three trees are a forest for learning, healing, and dreams.” Rosa Furumoto, Parent Pioneers
Last month, TreePeople, along with our passionate partners at Parent Pioneers, transformed the campus of San Fernando Elementary School. Our team went in and removed 1,284 sq ft of asphalt to make room for 57 new trees to shade the schoolyard and protect kids from rising heat. Over a span of a few weekends, and with the help of 200 dedicated volunteers, the elementary school students now have a safer space to play and learn!… Read more >>