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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Drawdown November 4, 2018

YES, WE CAN REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING!!!




We know you want to be part of the solution for saving Planet Earth, so which steps are the most effective in actually removing carbon from the atmosphere?

Project Drawdown will help you discover which of the top 100 solutions you are already implementing.  Create your own refrigerator magnet to keep you focused on solutions instead of problems.

Come to the Green Tent this Sunday, November 4 and play the Top Ten Solutions" game. 






Learn what YOU can do to help reverse global warming, and how shopping at the farmer's market is already a big step towards creating sustainable, resilient communities!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Master Gardeners October 28, 2018


Autumn garden plants & advice ...

The UC Cooperative Extension/LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent at their usual spot this coming Sunday, October 28.

Nature is starting to rebel.  Rats decimated many of the seedlings that our intrepid Master Gardeners had lovingly grown.   A new assortment is being gathered and all will be revealed this Sunday.  




PLEASE NOTE:  The Master Gardeners will be taking a much deserved break during November and December.  They will be returning on January 27, 2019.


  • Earn some good karma by bringing your old six-pack trays so we can continue to grow seedlings for your gardening pleasure.  THANKS!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Special Guest Replaces Green Tent - October 21, 2018



Green Tent is taking a break this Sunday. 

But our space is still filled with environmental awareness. 
Please support our local entrepreneurs.


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 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!


More important stuff...

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!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Bags needed October 14, 2018

SLOLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles) is returning.  For more information, click here.


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!

Are You Prepared to Vote for Your Planet?

Voter registration deadline : October 22
Click here to register online.
Mark your calendar - Vote Tuesday November 6

Monday, October 1, 2018

Drawdown October 7, 2018

www.drawdown.org
- - Drawdown - -
Reversing Global Warming

Saving the planet from global warming can seem overwhelming. Fortunately a group of top-notch scientists and researchers have collected data on what actions are already working and have ranked the top 100 solutions in order. Are you ready to take the next step in reversing climate change?  Here is your opportunity.




Drawdown Workshop Series 5 sessions
Thursday, October 4  
St. Bede's Church from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.  
 For more information, contact Naomi ncurland@gmail.com


Solution #6 - Educating Girls  Stop by the Green Tent this Sunday, October 7 and learn how one Mar Vistan is taking action to rebuild lives and reduce global warming  through her organization, Speak For Silent Voices Working with orphans and abused children, founder Kristina Maglic is helping to rescue girls (and boys) from a life on the streets Kalkata.


Waleed is the two millionth person born in Gaza
Solution # 7 - Family Planning
Honoring the dignity of women and children through family planning is not about governments forcing the birth rate down (or up, through natalist policies). Nor is it about those in rich countries, where emissions are highest, telling people elsewhere to stop having children. When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting women’s expressed needs, empowerment, equality, and well-being are the result; the benefits to the planet are side effects.

Solution # 62 - Women Smallholders
Women have less access to a range of resources, from land rights and credit to
education and technology. Even though they farm as capably and efficiently as men, inequality in assets, inputs, and support means women produce less on the same amount of land. Closing this gender gap can improve the lives of women, their families and communities, while addressing global warming.





Monday, September 24, 2018

Swap Society September 30, 2018

SWAP SOCIETY COMES BACK THIS SUNDAY TO THE MAR VISTA FARMER'S MARKET!


Do you love fashion but also have concerns about the impact the fashion industry has on our fragile environment?  If you aren't concerned, here are 3 reasons you should be...

      The apparel industry is the 4th largest industrial polluter and accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions.
      The average American sends 70 pounds of clothes to landfills every year. That's 21 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste per year!
      Less than 20% of what gets donated to charities gets resold.
Click here to learn more... 

"Swap Society is taking swapping to
the next level,: Cristina Lozano,
Style Indigo
SWAPPING CLOTHING - EASY ON THE PLANET, EASY ON YOUR WALLET
Swapping clothes has been around forever. Graduating from simple one-on-one transactions (Hey, Gal Pal, would you like my blue sweater?  I'm kind of over it..) to semi-organized clothing swaps.   Now Swap Society takes clothing swapping and up-cycling to a whole new level.  It serves as a virtual clothing swap for women and kids that gives you equal value for your clothes. SwapSociety members refresh their wardrobes without the guilt that fast fashion perpetuates, with the added reward of saving money by not buying new.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Master Gardeners October 28, 2018


Autumn garden plants & advice

The UC Cooperative Extension/LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent at their usual spot this coming Sunday, October 28.

Nature is starting to rebel.  Rats decimated many of the seedlings that our intrepid Master Gardeners had lovingly grown.   A new assortment is being gathered and all will be revealed this Sunday.  
  • Earn some good karma by bringing your old six-pack trays so we can continue to grow seedlings for your gardening pleasure.  THANKS!

Swap Society September 30, 2018


Swap Society comes back this Sunday to the Mar Vista Farmer's Market!


Do you love fashion but also have concerns about the impact the fashion industry has on our fragile environment?  If you aren't concerned, here are 3 reasons you should be...

      The apparel industry is the 4th largest industrial polluter and accounts for 8% of global carbon emissions.
      The average American sends 70 pounds of clothes to landfills every year. That's 21 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste per year!
      Less than 20% of what gets donated to charities gets resold.
Click here to learn more... 

"Swap Society is taking swapping to
the next level,: Cristina Lozano,
Style Indigo
SWAPPING CLOTHING - EASY ON THE PLANET, EASY ON YOUR WALLET
Swapping clothes has been around forever. Graduating from simple one-on-one transactions (Hey, Gal Pal, would you like my blue sweater?  I'm kind of over it..) to semi-organized clothing swaps.   Now Swap Society takes clothing swapping and up-cycling to a whole new level.  It serves as a virtual clothing swap for women and kids that gives you equal value for your clothes. SwapSociety members refresh their wardrobes without the guilt that fast fashion perpetuates, with the added reward of saving money by not buying new.  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Master Gardeners September 23 2018


Autumn garden plants & advice

The UC Cooperative Extension/LA County Master Gardeners will be at the Green Tent at their usual spot this coming Sunday, September 23rd.  

Baby Kale
This week they'll have some seasonal seed packets, information on what to do in garden in the autumn, and the following plants to give away:

  • Baby kale. It's an heirloom variety that will mature into little plants which are the  Master Gardeners think are best harvested young like lettuces.
  • A few spinach, lettuce and rainbow chard.
Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sugar snap peas -- delicious, eat them, pods and all.

  • Cilantro/Coriander plants. Lucky you!  We have a slow-bolting variety and grows well in good containers. Use the fresh leaves for their intense tangy flavor.  Allow some plants to mature and save the Coriander seed.  Can be grown inside in a bright sunny window.

  • Earn some good karma by bringing your old six-pack trays so we can continue to grow seedlings for your gardening pleasure.  THANKS!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ballona Wetlands - September 16, 2018

BALLONA WETLANDS

...an environmental treasure in our own back yard 


Photo of Great Horned Owl 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 habitats: seasonal ponds, wet meadows, salt pannes, sand dunes and prairie grassland. 

Photo of Coyote by Jonathan Coffin
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!