California Program


The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Our planet cannot sustain life unless we completely transform our food and energy systems and create vibrant, fully sustainable urban centers.

LDF has begun supporting local efforts in Los Angeles and across the State of California to make the transition to fully sustainable food, energy, and infrastructure systems possible. We are supporting pioneering innovators and grassroots leaders who are implementing new solutions and tackling the barriers to transformation. These breakthrough initiatives can serve as models to be replicated across the U.S. and the world.

Our current industrial, fossil fuel heavy agricultural system is incredibly polluting. Agriculture has become a major emitter of greenhouse gases -- carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide -- which are now responsible for 19% of total global emissions. Farming, if done properly, can actually decrease greenhouse emissions by increasing the soil’s carbon content, and in turn increasing productivity. New LDF partner The Carbon Cycle Institute is working with farmers in California to convert their farms to carbon farming models that can improve on-farm productivity and viability, enhance ecosystem functions, and stop and reverse climate change.

LDF partner TreePeople is putting Los Angeles on track to be a climate resilient city by redefining what urban infrastructure looks like. A robust tree canopy, water sensitive landscapes, and rainwater capture and reuse systems are efficient, nature based solutions that save natural resources, cut costs, and improve public quality of life. Urban gardens can also serve as multi-benefit spaces that build long term climate change resilience, food security, and job training. Community Services Unlimited is developing the South Central Growers Network which will support a growing number of urban gardens allow urban farmers to share resources and sell their home grown produce to South L.A.’s First Organic Marketplace.


· Stand LA is leading a diverse coalition of local and national organizations dedicated to winning a prohibition on oil drilling within 1500 feet of schools and other vulnerable areas in Los Angeles. 

· Comite Civico Del Valle is working to protect the quality of life for disenfranchised communities located in the Salton Sea Air Basin (southeast of Los Angeles) by supporting citizen science data projects that monitor neighbourhood air quality.

· Ten Strands is working to leverage existing California state infrastructure and education initiatives within the nation’s largest public school system to bring environmental literacy to its 6.2 million K-12 students. 

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Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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