Now that most of us have recovered from Tax Day in some form or fashion, it’s time to celebrate Earth Day. To honor the 45th annual celebration of the Earth and environmentalism, we’re launching the Green Edition of The Sustainable Development Report. And we’re starting out by stating the obvious: it’s time to rip out your lawn, especially if you live in the arid West. As our lead article notes, there are ample programs and incentives to encourage you to reduce water use, improve your local ecosystem, and save some serious cash. So if you still have a lawn, take this opportunity to reimagine your outdoor space as a haven for birds and bees searching for drought-tolerant plants on which to alight. But as you’ll see from our other articles this month, we think Earth Day is not just about birds, bees, and bugs. It’s also about promoting equity, rethinking our relationship to nature, and considering how we can wisely and sustainably (re-)use our limited resources. We’re heartened that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s sustainability plan – “pLAn” – also puts equity at the center of its approach. The document is smart, comprehensive, and aesthetically pleasing, so check it out. Happy 45th Birthday, Earth Day!
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano