With our beautiful blue skies and gorgeous sun-filled days, it is hard to feel like there is a drought emergency. The fact is, Los Angeles faces a long-term water crisis as our region is projected to continue a drying trend. The good news is, there’s so much we can do:
|...cut our outdoor water consumption and use that water instead on newly planted trees.|
...capture the rain that does fall in rain barrels and tanks.
...plant climate-appropriate and native plants.
...volunteer and lead at tree planting and care events in our neighborhoods and local mountains.
...educate ourselves and talk to others.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Now that we’re in the depths of the drought, LADWP is offering $3 per square foot for turf replacement. Since some 50% of our water goes to landscaping, ripping out your lawn is one of the best ways you can conserve water.
Native plant species, rain chains, drip irrigation – and what on Earth is decomposed granite? You can learn this and much more at the free, fun, and educational tour TreePeople Center for Community Forestry every Saturday at 11. Register now.
Depending on the species of tree and where it’s planted, trees may need some extra help during drought conditions.
Attend one of FREE, quarterly Community Sustainability Workshops for people ready to take on the role of making their community more sustainable.
Get involved in your community and volunteer to protect our city’s trees.
TreePeople’s Drought Defense programs range from watering trees in parks and neighborhoods to sustaining critical waterways and forests in our local mountains.
Get involved and volunteer at TreePeople tree care events in LA neighborhoods and local mountains.
|Adopt trees at home, on your street, in your parks and/or schools to water and care for them through the summer and beyond.|
|Map the trees in your neighborhood and create alerts showing which trees need water and care -- and map your watershed solutions!|
Join TreePeople’s Drought Defense! Give now.
Sponsor One Tree Care Event - $1,000
Thirty volunteers will participate in intensive care and emergency watering of trees in our parks, neighborhoods, and schools.
Be Like Betty! - $100
No matter your donation amount, our dear friend Betty White will match your Drought Defense gift $1 for $1 up to $100,000.
Prevent Forest Fires - $500
As the drought sets in, fire prevention is key. Support our volunteers in the local mountains as they pull out dry brush and invasive species, while deep watering young trees and native plants.
Alert Others - $50
Support TreePeople's ongoing Drought Defense education and outreach. We're working at both grassroots and goverment agency levels to make sure Angelenos have the tools to survive and thrive during the drought.
Plant 5 Shade Trees - $250
Shade trees help cool our city and conserve energy. In the short and long-term drought, we will need shade trees more than ever to combat increased temperatures in our urban environment.
Emergency Tree Care - $25
Provides intensive care and water to 3 trees in Los Angeles' parks, neighborhoods, and schools