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 >>
Water scarcity is certainly a worldwide issue, but we in LA know the seriousness of it. Did you know that California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs?
The good news is that our city is getting serious about creating a local, reliable water supply – and TreePeople is helping to bring to it the best global models.
TreePeople has been intensely involved in solving LA’s local water problems since the 1990s.… Read more >>
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you know that climate change is humanity’s most urgent challenge. And you likely have an inkling that TreePeople has some viable solutions to offer. You’re correct. With the announcement that 2014 was the Earth’s hottest year in recorded history, it’s clearer than ever that we must get planting, and fast.
TreePeople has a vision for LA’s future. For decades, our Founder and President has held a dream for a sustainable locally sourced water supply so we can thrive even with California’s long term water crisis.
Despite the city’s reputation of being parched, Angelenos have the power to create change right in their backyards by using solutions like rain barrels and even trees to capture the precious water that does fall. What’s more, the city and local agencies can also support this move into a greener future by rolling out the implementation of policies, technologies and incentive programs.… Read more >>
At 18 events throughout the spring of 2013, more than a thousand volunteers planted nearly 10,000 seedlings in the Angeles National Forest, all around the Chilao campground.
It was all part of the ForestAid: Angeles program, a joint effort of the Forest Service and TreePeople to lead reforestation efforts after the 2009 Station Fire that burned down 400 acres of forest.
After the trees were planted, we worked through the summer to care for these young trees and help them get through a very hot and long summer.… Read more >>
“We have enough water to live on, but not enough to waste.” — Dorothy Green, founding president of Heal the Bay.
Dorothy Green wrote these words in an article that was published in the LA Times in 2008, shortly before her death. In it, she outlines an incredibly thoughtful set of recommendations that would create a sustainable water supply.
So it’s disheartening to see people acting in such a way that suggests we aren’t currently in the midst of the driest year in recorded history.… Read more >>
Native plant species, rain chains, drip irrigation – and what on Earth is decomposed granite? In my quest for more information on the drought Los Angeles is facing and what I can do at home to cut water usage, I looked to TreePeople’s Drought Solutions Tour and Native Plant Walk, which is one of many resources available in Los Angeles for learning how to create a sustainable city.
This past Saturday I rose bright and early, grabbed a smoothie and headed to TreePeople’s Coldwater Canyon Park.… Read more >>