This virtual Eco-Friendly Fair provides facts, trends, tips, and ideas on creating an environmentally sustainable future. Additionally, there is honey bee information, live puppy cams, butterfly information, and online coloring pages.
- Global forests removed about one-third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007.
- Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality and human health.
- In Los Angeles, trees remove nearly 2,000 tons of air pollution each year.
- Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction.
- One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
- More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest
- Forested watersheds provide quality drinking water to more than 180 million Americans.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
- In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.
- Trees and forests provide important species range. Many animals have a range of hundreds of square miles. The mountain lion of North America, for instance, has a range of nearly 400 square miles.
For more information on these environmental facts provided by Arbor Day Foundation, click here.
Easy Ways to be more Eco-Friendly
- Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
- Invest in eco-friendly technology.
- If you let your food go a little too far past its ‘best by’ date then you need to compost it rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertilizer and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill - and since it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Grow your own vegetable garden.
Why are Bees important?
The U.S. Forest Service states, "Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants to reproduce. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn't have much to eat or look at! Pollinators include animals that assist plants with their reproduction. Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of many plants."
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bees of all sorts pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States, and one out of every four bites of food people take is courtesy of bee pollination. In total, bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year.
For information on the Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, click here
For information on bee conservation, click here
According to the National Park Service, Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to lay their eggs. More than beautiful, Monarch butterflies contribute to the health of our planet. While feeding on nectar, they pollinate many types of wildflowers.
To watch a Monarch butterflies' life cycle, click here
Watch swarms of Monarch butterflies create an awe-inspiring scene at their winter sanctuary in Mexico.
Puppy Live Cam
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative whose sole purpose is to ensure every Californian has the tools needed to keep making strides toward a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous state. We support California on its quest to double energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030. Lucky for us, California is already a leader in energy conservation.
Here are some easy things you can do to save energy at home.
“In 1970, the first #EarthDay was celebrated across the country. In 2020 we may be celebrating differently, but with just as much passion and excitement for saving the Earth and fighting climate change. If everyone in California makes an effort to save energy, it will have a huge impact. #KeepItGolden. Join the movement: https://www.energyupgradeca.org/the-movement/”
LA County Resources for Residents
Find a list of programs that have been specifically designed for residents. Please visit each of the program's websites and learn how you can help save the planet. * Some programs may only be applicable to residents of the unincorporated areas of LA County.
In celebration of Earth Day, click here to use Earth Day coloring pages virtually, for free.
To listen to and watch actress Rashida Jones read "Please Please the Bees" click here.