Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ballona Wetlands - January 20, 2019



BALLONA WETLANDS

...an environmental treasure in our own back yard 


Photo of Coyote by Jonathan Coffin
You may have heard about the 600+ acres of the Ballona Wetlands just to the south and west of Mar Vista. But have you visited this wild habitat where coyote and the beautiful and rare White Tailed Kite hunt?

Drop by the Green Tent on Sunday, September 16, to learn about this fragile mosaic of different
Photo Courtesy of the Artist Craig Butler
habitats: seasonal ponds, wet 
meadows, salt pannes, sand dunes and prairie grassland. 

Biologist Roy Van de Hoek (perhaps you know him from the Feathers & Foliage walks in Mar Vista or have seen his Blue Bird houses in our trees) and Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of the Ballona Institute will be on hand to talk with you. Ballona Institute is known as "The Voice for nature on the Los Angeles Coast."
Photo of one of the historical sloughs at 
Ballona Wetlands by Marcia Hanscom



Click here to learn about the threats and treasures at Ballona. And watch this video to see just some of the miracles at the water's edge.


According to the Drawdown data, Coastal wetland ecosystems are one of the top 100 solutions for reversing Global Warming.
Relative to their land area, they sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below.

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils. 

Learn about Ballona Institute's latest campaigns, including the most important one of all - the threat that bulldozers we once chased from the Ballona Wetlands are threatening to return! Stop by to learn what YOU can do to help save the Ballona Wetlands again!




Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 13, 2019 - Solar Power

Solar Power   

Solution #10 to Reverse Global Warming

Rooftop solar panels are ranked the #10 solution (out of 100) that will will help us achieve drawdown* by the year 2050.  Click here to learn more about current rebates and general information about solar panels. Or, even better, come to the Green Tent this Sunday, Januray 13, and get the details from local solar expert Jeffrey Sugarman. 


*Drawdown  is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. It's not a quick fix, but we CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING...if we all get on board and get our friends and families on board.  This is great news for humans and other living things.  It is a plan that invites us to participate at any level we can.   




There are many simple steps you can take (you are probably already doing some of them) to make an impact!  Check out this TED Talk with Chad Frischman to get the big picture.

Friday, January 4, 2019

January 6- Reducing Food Waste

Global is Reversible!


www.drawdown.org
Reducing Food Waste - Solution #3
Saving the planet from global warming can seem overwhelming, but fortunately a collection of top-notch scientists and researchers have collected data on what actions are already working and ranked the top 100 solutions in order. Many of them are simple steps that you may already take.  

Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club?  Do you select food mindfully and store or give away what you cannot finish? Come to the Green Tent this Sunday, May 6, from 9 to 2, brag about what you are already doing and learn more action steps to reverse global warming.  Contribute a "leaf" to our Drawdown Solutions Tree and leave with a free gift.    


Not sure how to make your new commitment stick?  Get complimentary coaching tips from certified wellness coach and Green Committee co-chair Jeanne Kuntz. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Crayontastic, December 23

GREEN TENT IS TAKING A BREAK THIS SUNDAY

...but our space is still filled with environmental awareness.

Yes, there is a second life for broken crayons!
Roman (11) and Eleanor (9) are a brother and sister team who collect broken unwanted crayons from their community and melt them in molds to create brand new colorful homemade crayons. In the process, they are learning many valuable lessons about recycling and setting up a business! 

Roman and Eleanor plan to donate 15% of their profits to a local charity. They will accept any donated broken crayons you want to bring them!

Please support our local entrepreneurs.

Bring your broken crayons!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Grey Water - December 16, 2018

Grey WAter from YOur Washing Machine


What is grey water? It's the "waste" water from your washing machine reused to water your fruit trees or perennial plants instead of being sent to the reclamation plant and then out to the ocean. 

With a grey water system, every time you do a load of laundry your plants get a good drink and you save money as well.

As everyone knows, California has experienced an extreme drought for many years and it will most likely continue. Water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet. Learn how to double the usage of your water!

Green Tent guest Art Lee holds workshops that cover all the information you need to install a grey water system at your house. He's bringing a mini grey water demo system so visitors can see how it works and will answer your questions. He'll also have a signup sheet for those interested in attending a future workshop.

A bicycle built for solar power!  And yeah, it works.
Art can also explain how to install your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.



Art is also a solar energy expert!  When it comes to versatility and sustainability, he has all the info you need to painlessly shrink your carbon footprint.  Come by the Green Tent this Sunday and benefit from his free advice.



Friday, December 7, 2018

Solar Panels - December 9 2018

Solar Power   

Solution #10 to Reverse Global Warming

Rooftop solar panels are ranked the #10 solution (out of 100) that will will help us achieve drawdown* by the year 2050.  Learn more about current rebates and general information about solar panels this Sunday, December 9 at the Green Tent.  Local solar expert Jeffrey Sugarman looks forward to answering your questions.

*Drawdown  is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. It's not a quick fix, but we CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING...if we all get on board and get our friends and families on board.  This is great news for humans and other living things.  It is a plan that invites us to participate at any level we can.   




There are many simple steps you can take (you are probably already doing some of them) to make an impact!  Check out this TED Talk to get the big picture:
Chad Frischmann simplifies Drawdown...



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Protect Playa Now

Join us at the Green Tent this Sunday in imagining clean air! learn about actions you can take to help protect our community. Protect Playa Now will have a prototype of an air quality monitor currently in design to detect combustible gases. The monitor is a citizen science effort with plans to create a network throughout the Westside and help keep us safe.

Protect Playa Now is a collection of concerned citizens mobilizing to protect Playa del Rey and surrounding communities from the threat posed by the SoCal Gas Natural Gas Storage Facility. 

The facility, located south of Culver Blvd and west of Lincoln Blvd, has an unsafe track record and puts our community at risk. When pressure builds and the company needs to release gas, toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene, hydrogen sulfide, and n-hexane, (a neurotoxin) are released into the air...the air our community breathes! Cumulative exposures to these chemicals can pose serious risks to the health of those living nearby. 

We have the ability to transition to real clean energy and ensure a future of climate resiliency, good green jobs and healthy communities. Click here to learn more about Protect Playa Now and their work. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Crayontastic, November 25

GREEN TENT IS TAKING A BREAK THIS SUNDAY

Yes, there is a second life for broken crayons!
...but our space is still filled with environmental awareness.


Roman (11) and Eleanor (9) are a brother and sister team who collect broken unwanted crayons from their community and melt them in molds to create brand new colorful homemade crayons. In the process, they are learning many valuable lessons about recycling and setting up a business! 

Roman and Eleanor plan to give 15% of their October and November profits to the St. Margaret’s Thanksgiving Food Drive in Inglewood. They will accept any donated broken crayons you want to bring them!

Please support our local entrepreneurs.

Bring your broken crayons!






BAGS BAGS BAGS!  



We've all done it... forgotten our reusable shopping bags or bought too much delicious food. What a relief to find a spare in the Bag Exchange bag, near the Green and Blue Tents. But we are running very low. Please help by dropping off your clean extras any Sunday. Stuff it in the green checkered container or leave it at the Green Tent. Also accepting clean pillow cases for the truly desperate. Thanks for your help!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Greywater - November 18, 2018

Grateful for Greywater - REPURPOSE YOUR LAUNDRY WATER


What is greywater? It's the "waste" water from your washing machine reused to water your fruit trees or perennial plants instead of being sent to the reclamation plant and then out to the ocean. 

With a greywater system, every time you do a load of laundry your plants get a good drink and you save money as well.

As everyone knows, California has experienced an extreme drought for many years and it will most likely continue. Water is probably the most important resource for every living species on our planet. Learn how to double the usage of your water!

Green Tent guest Art Lee holds workshops that cover all the information you need to install a grey water system at your house. He's bringing a mini greywater demo system so visitors can see how it works and will answer your questions. He'll also have a signup sheet for those interested in attending a future workshop.

A bicycle built for solar power!  And yeah, it works.
Art can also explain how to install your own personal solar panel for small projects or emergency power for your cell phone, laptop, or ham radio.



Art is also a solar energy expert!  When it comes to versatility and sustainability, he has all the info you need to painlessly shrink your carbon footprint.  Come by the Green Tent this Sunday and benefit from his free advice.



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Art Walk Preview, November 11

Get a preview of the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent!


This holiday season the Mar Vista Art Walk joins the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce for a Small Business Saturday ALL-DAY bonanza on Saturday November 24.

Created as a means of improving the walkability of our neighborhood, The Mar Vista ArtWalk is a fun, FREE celebration of all the arts.  More walking = fewer cars + less greenhouse gas + better health!

On Saturday November 24, the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd between Inglewood Bl – Beethoven St. will be transformed by its current theme, INNER GRATITUDE.  Yes! Our wonderful, eco-friendly, environmentally conscious and economically supportive neighborhood has inspired us to celebrate YOU.

A Winter Wonderland -- complete with an ice skating rink and SNOW!!! -- live kid bands, fire dancers, carolers, live painting, art installations, experimental video building wraps and live music will encourage neighbors to get out and walk our streets. Presenting partners American Express even commissioned a special new public art sculpture for the event.


The Mar Vista Art Walk is a joint effort of environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists, the Department of Cultural Affairs, sponsors Earthstar Creation Center and the M & R Vest Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Getaround, the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce and the support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin, Mar Vista Neighborhood Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets” Initiative and presenting partners American Express.