LA is rich in natural beauty. But along the way, we've over-paved this paradise. Many LA neighborhoods are almost completely covered in asphalt and concrete and sorely lacking trees and nature. On hot days, scorching surfaces bake in the heat, endangering people’s health. Our streams and rivers are paved over, so that when it rains, water can't soak into the ground where it could add to our aquifers. Instead, it runs off into our ocean, sweeping trash and pollution onto our beaches.
We waste precious dollars trying to fix these problems with even more building. But the answer is simple: bring nature back to our city streets and neighborhoods, and let nature do its job.
To thrive in a hotter, dryer future, the people of LA need to be shaded by ample tree canopy and have a clean, reliable local water supply. The good news is that we all can play a role in planting and caring for trees, restoring healthy soil, conserving water, and harvesting the rain.
All cities need a secure water supply but for LA this is critical
While we allow the rain that falls on our city to run off into the ocean, the city of LA imports 89% of its water supply from distant sources. At least 50% of this water is used to irrigate lawns and landscaping. Simply transporting this water to us is the single largest use of electricity in California. We can harvest rain and conserve water and energy by restoring nature in our city.
Some parts of LA are beautifully shaded with tree canopy, but some have almost none
Schoolyards and streets well-shaded with trees are cooler and healthier places. But although the average tree canopy coverage across LA is 21%, in many tree-deficient neighborhoods the figure is much lower. These are places vulnerable to extreme weather, especially heat, and the high energy costs and health impacts that low tree cover brings. View the 22 benefits of trees.
Forecasts show a hotter, drier future coming for LA, and we must prepare for it now
TreePeople brings together and empowers people to take action while creating beautiful and resilient landscapes, and strong and resilient communities.
Now is the time...
To invest in a local, secure water supply for Los Angeles by conserving water and harvesting rain.
To plant and care for enough trees to create a protective canopy over urban Los Angeles, while restoring our vital mountain forests.
To realign government and agency spending to work with nature in solving our resource problems.
To come together for a healthier and more viable future that can start today.