The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally founded environmental nonprofit Resilient Palisades to deliver a weekly “green tip” to our readers.
In honor of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, each of our four teams is providing one or two actionable tips with great impact.
ZERO WASTE TEAM
- In addition to bags and bottles, bring your own to-go containers. AB 619 clarifies existing health code laws, ensuring the public can bring clean reusable containers to fill, use and take away at restaurants, food trucks, farmers markets and festivals.
- Support national legislation to reduce plastic pollution through the U.S. Break Free From Plastic Act. Visit the Break Free from Plastic website to sign the petition and contact your representatives.
CLEAN AIR AND WATER TEAM
- Leave the leaves be: Ask your gardener to leave a two-to-three-inch layer of leaves and other organics below your hedges. To thin out, clean top layers using only a rake and hands. Always avoid using a leaf blower of any kind as it will blow away the topsoil from your planter and destroy microhabitats for lady beetles and other friendly organisms that support a healthy garden and our local wildlife.
CLEAN ENERGY TEAM
- The most impactful way to fight climate change is to change your family’s energy footprint from carbon-based fuels to renewables. As LA has nearly 300 sunny days each year, harnessing solar power is low-hanging fruit for the Palisades. This fall, we’ll be presenting solar + storage packages to all Palisadians at the lowest possible prices (volume discounts), and with a clear plan to connect our homes and businesses in the Pali Microgrid, which will dramatically improve our resilience. If you haven’t already done so, complete our survey at resilientpalisades.org/survey.
PLANT-BASED SOLUTIONS TEAM
- Eighty percent of land in the U.S. is used to raise animal livestock and grow the food to feed them. Twenty-nine percent of global freshwater goes to animal agriculture. Eating plant-based vegan foods can dramatically lower our carbon footprint. Protein comes easy for foods like lentils; there’s more protein in one cup of lentils than a three-ounce piece of chicken.
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