El Segundo TV Reporter Amy Lieu at the Water Harvest Festival
I covered the 14th Annual Water Harvest Festival last weekend. This year’s theme is “The Value of Water.” It was really interesting to learn about water conservation. I am again inspired to save water and help save the planet.
The event was at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, hosted by The West Basin Municipal Water District. It’s free to the public and located right here in El Segundo.
The water festival was a big hit in the community, with about 1,500 people in attendance. Water education, entertainment, games, and food were provided by 45 vendors.
Various booths presented information to the public. Interviewees from the community informed me about water. Through this event, the public, including myself, realized the utmost importance of conserving water. It is such a precious yet dwindling resource. I feel simply humbled and blessed to even have access to it.
Southern California gets its water from the San Francisco Bay Delta and the Colorado River. Because of population growth, sustaining the water source is becoming an increasing problem.
Some of the ways that people can conserve water are to close the faucet while brushing one’s teeth, use a broom to sweep the driveway instead of hosing it down, and limiting showers to about five minutes. Another way is by fixing any leaks.
You can find out more about water conservation, recycling water, and its importance at the West Basin website: www.westbasin.org.
In my video story, you will see the important functions of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility. In fact, it is offering free tours to the public the second Saturday of every other month. Remaining tours for the year are September 8 and November 10. You can also visit the website above for more information.
Watch my Water Harvest Festival story for El Segundo Magazine here.
This weekend's Green Festival in downtown Los Angeles will bring over 300 vendors, over 100 speakers and a variety of other events to the Los Angeles Convention Center. It runs from Saturday at 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sunday.
Organizers expect over 30,000 attendees, over 8,000 more than last year. Regional Director Laurie Kaufman tells KPCC the event is aimed at those who are green conscious (and "green-curious") from all political backgrounds. “[It's] fun, it's smart, it tastes good and it's a way to broaden your community,” she said.
So what should you be mindful of at this year's gathering of the planetary and ecologically conscious? A few highlights:
“Hollywood’s positive impact is also integral to this movement,” said Erin Brunner by email. Brunner is a senior account executive at Organicworks PR, handling public relations for the Green Festivals nationally. “The celebrity element is also much higher here – we have an all-star lineup in each of the cities, but the LA Festival draws big names of celebrities inspired by the environment.”
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join in the opening ceremony at noon on Saturday, followed by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” at 1 p.m. Def Jammer and Phat Farmer Russell Simmons will speak at 2 p.m.
This year, the eco-friendly festival launched the "Art for the Planet" contest, inviting Southern California high school students to create artwork with themes relating to the most pressing environmental and social issues.
“The entries we received were incredible – the winners in each category will be displayed on the Festival floor throughout the weekend,” said Brunner. “It was also a great way to get the younger community involved and interested in the Festival.”
The festival will also feature documentaries and short films on environmental issues in its Sierra Club Cinema.
High-profile yogis and instructors will lead free sessions at this year's fest, including Shiva Rea and local L.A. yoga stars (yes, there are yoga stars) Felicia Tomasko and Christi Christensen.
The event will feature a full-fledged yoga pavilion, the Tadasana Yoga and Movement Pavilion.
“[They] will bring their dynamic and engaging flows to the festival for a truly unique celebration of health and wellness,” Brunner said.
Animal-friendly L.A. fashionista Rebecca Mink will showcase new experiments in the world of cruelty-free fasion trends in "Calfornia Dreaming: An Eco-Fashion Show," Saturday at 6 p.m. on the main stage.
“We are bringing a stellar eco-fashion show,” said Brunner. “It will feature various outfits and accessories from local designers and show that shopping sustainably can be easy and fun.”
Want an idea of what you might see? Check out her recent "Trashion" exhibit of design meant to bring attention to the area's dirty beaches and waterways:
The festival has a stage devoted to different food options and approaches — from urban foraging to living superfoods — complete with cooking demonstrations from local and national eco-minded restaurants. Check their schedule of events for more info.
In addition, the festival will place a focus on organizations dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable food production and eco-minded eating. One such effort is L.A. City Farm:
“L.A. City Farm's focus is building stronger more sustainable communities by creating farmers markets that support local farming, local businesses, and community engagement,” founder Nick Spano told KPCC by email. “And we feel that taking care of the home, and the community, is the first step to creating a sustainable future for the city.”
Be on the lookout for a heavy emphasis on social media, including an app to make the event more social-media minded: iSocialite.
The Los Angeles Green Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A day pass costs $10, while a whole weekend pass costs $15. Both can be purchased online.