Got H20? (Segment One)

by Jennifer Thompson on January 18, 2011

in Green21, Video, water

This segment of “Got H2O?” features Imelda Padilla, Youth Program Coordinator for Pacoima Beautiful and Citizen Forester with TreePeople.

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Laurie Kaufman January 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

Imelda were you part of an eco club in high school? What got you so passionate (and articulate!) about the environment? Was there a particular event? Great video I can’t wait to see the full version.

Imelda Padilla January 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

After college, I knew I was gonna come back and show my community that there’s ways of fixing what’s here because there’s just an immense amount of problems — problems with the people, problems with the gangs, problems with the schools, problems with infrastructure. And if we don’t fix it, I don’t think there’s anybody else that going to. That was my inspiration, being your brother’s keeper.

DanTee January 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thank you for this exciting story. So often when people talk about nature it is somewhere “out there” and not related to where I live. THis has inspired me to research into urban foresty in my own community.

Gar Dog January 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I don’t get how planting tree helps with lack of water. If there’s no water in LA won’t all the trees just die?

Bill January 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I’m a big fan of Dr. Gleick’s work. I found this video while searching for his latest piece, you might want to check that out on the Huffington post. I especially like this quote:

Do real scientists sometimes make mistakes? Sure. But it is precisely their willingness to identify, acknowledge, and correct mistakes when they are found that sets them apart from climate deniers.

Kevin Kanarek July 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

It’s true that trees need water to survive, but it’s a two-way street. Trees also help capture and retain water during rainfall (even deserts have rain!) as well as improving water quality and humidifying a region, preventing it from becoming a desert. So it’s a virtuous cycle!

Desertification, on the other hand, is a vicious cycle. For more detail check out the tree people website, especially

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