By now, we know that climate change is causing more frequent extreme weather events. Let’s face it: it’s no fun living in a city where our forecast is either drought or flood. It’s only the first week of the new year and El Niño has come in strong with a week of rain reminding us that this is real.
“You have to give props to your mom!’ says Dan McDonnell, one of TreePeople’s most committed Volunteer Supervisors. For him, family camping trips coordinated by his mother were the root of his love for the outdoors. As he grew up, camping evolved into backpacking excursions. Backpacking morphed into climbing in Yosemite.
Clearly, such a love for nature paved the way for a career in education, as a high school biology and environmental science educator. Dan is currently in his 29th year of teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District.… Read more >>
“For me and for my family, TreePeople has changed everything.”
Coming from Cristina Basurto, TreePeople’s Huntington Park Regional Manager, this statement speaks volumes. Her involvement with TreePeople started about 10 years ago, when her friend Rosa—a staff member—encouraged her to get involved.
At first, Cristina was hesitant. Her family was dealing with monumental challenges, as two out of three of her children had been diagnosed with autism.
“Doctors told us Samuel would never speak. They said he would need to be institutionalized by his 18th birthday,” Cristina said, regarding her oldest son.… Read more >>
Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree? They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.
In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… Read more >>
If you saw Art Salter at TreePeople’s Yurt Village, you might assume he was a celebrity. Not a minute passed without someone stopping to shake his hand, or wave from across the offices. It was clear that he has made a significant impact on his city.
It makes sense: Art has been volunteering here for nearly 18 years—but that isn’t where things began. No, Art has always been involved in developing a climate-resilient Los Angeles. “I grew up here,” he said.… Read more >>