TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and nature-based solutions to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Simply put, our work is about helping nature heal our cities.
TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world.
Trees + people
Our early efforts in the 1970s focused on educating and inspiring people to plant and care for trees. Why? Because more trees means cooler temperatures, cleaner air, replenished groundwater supplies and a safer, more beautiful city.
Expanding the tree canopy over L.A. remains one of our central goals. But the worsening impacts of global warming and the looming threat of water shortages tell us we need to do more.
Help Restore the Angeles National Forest
This massive volunteer effort, known as Forest Aid: Angeles, is a follow-up to another post-wildfire project in the San Bernardino National Forest, where volunteers working under a partnership of TreePeople, the San Bernardino National Forest Association and the Forest Service planted nearly 50,000 seedlings during the years 2009 and 2010.
Replanting these mountain forests will protect them from future wildfire destruction and enables them to, once again, function as part of a healthy, natural watershed. With this support from Forest Aid volunteers, the forests will continue to perform their magic:
* Producing oxygen
* Filtering pollutants from the air
* Replenishing groundwater supplies by helping the land absorb and filter rainwater
* Reducing the negative effects of global warming
* Providing a habitat for wildlife
About Forest Aid: Angeles
Forest Aid began as a partnership with The United States Forest Service, the San Bernardino National Forest Association and TreePeople to replant fire-damaged areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, and continues in the Angeles National Forest.This partnership is based on a simple belief: That a single person planting a single tree can help revitalize fire-damaged areas, affect climate change, clean the air, capture rainwater and build a sense of community.
During the 2014 planting season (late February to early April) our goal is to plant 10,000 seedlings of incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana), coulter pine (Pinus coulteri), Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) and ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).
Environmental Defense Fund
For many organizations, clean energy management is one of those pie-in-the-sky goals: Desirable, but difficult.
Enter EDF’s Climate Corps, who specialize in removing the obstacles to cutting energy costs or building out a sustainability plan.
How it works:
Beginning each summer, dozens of top-tier graduate students enter our intensive course on sustainable energy management.
They’re then embedded at a wide variety of host organizations, such as Google, the City of Austin, and Proctor and Gamble.
The fellows spend the rest of their summer making practical recommendations that reduce energy waste, trim carbon emissions, and save money at their host organization.
Fellows focus on the typical barriers that stand in the way of companies saving energy, such as the absence of project sharing, lack of energy use data or analytical tools, or unpredictable funding levels.
DRIVING STRONG, MEASURABLE AND LOCAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The potential effects of climate change could have a significant impact on the health and economies of cities and nations around the world. Yet national governments and international bodies have made only incremental progress towards addressing the driving forces behind this global threat.
Because real progress fighting climate change happens at the local level, Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses our efforts on spurring that change through two initiatives—C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Beyond Coal.
Both initiatives work on the local level with measurable, scalable, and economically sound actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By encouraging cities to take action against climate change, C40 and Beyond Coal are helping improve public health and quality of life on a global scale.
NRDC The Natural Resources Defense Council
An Introduction to Climate Change
What it could mean to you and your family
Climate change is changing our economy, health and communities in diverse ways. Scientists warn that if we do not aggressively curb climate change now, the results will likely be disastrous.
Carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun’s heat and causing the planet to warm up.
Although local temperatures fluctuate naturally, over the past 50 years the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. Scientists say that unless we curb the emissions that cause climate change, average U.S. temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century.
The United States Global Change Research Program (which includes the Department of Defense, NASA, National Science Foundation and other government agencies) has said that “global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced” and that “climate changes are underway in the United States and are projected to grow.”
Climate change is a complex phenomenon, and its full-scale impacts are hard to predict far in advance. But each year scientists learn more about how climate change is affecting the planet and our communities, and most agree that certain consequences are likely to occur if current trends continue.
In addition to impacting our water resources, energy supply, transportation, agriculture, and ecosystems, the United States Global Change Research Program concludes that climate change also poses unique challenges to human health, such as:
Significant increases in the risk of illness and death related to extreme heat and heat waves are very likely.
Some diseases transmitted by food, water, and insects are likely to increase.
Certain groups, including children, the elderly, and the poor, are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects.
These impacts will result in significant costs to our families and the economy.
Here’s the good news: technologies exist today to make cars that run cleaner and burn less gas, modernize power plants and generate electricity from nonpolluting sources, and cut our electricity use through energy efficiency. The challenge is to be sure these solutions are put to use.
NRDC is tackling global warming on two main fronts – cutting pollution and expanding clean energy.
Transitioning to a clean energy economy will bring new jobs and reduce air pollution. We can’t afford to wait