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July 2018 Newsletter
California Program

The world’s population is expected to reach well over 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.

With our California Program, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) supports 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.

California Grantee Spotlight

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Carbon Cycle Institute: Scaling Carbon Farming and Regenerative Agriculture in California

Agriculture is the only sector that has the ability to transform from a major emitter of CO2 to a net carbon sink. LDF partner Carbon Cycle Institute is now working with 13 new farms across California to convert to carbon farming models that can improve on-farm productivity and viability, enhance ecosystem functions, and stop, even reverse climate change.  Read More >

California Program News
Photo courtesy of Doug Bevington

Discovering new life in forests after fire

Snag forests are a special type of habitat that arises when patches of intense, high-severity fire occur in conifer forests in California and the western U.S. These ecosystems contain some of the highest levels of biodiversity of any forest type, but unfortunately, due to the common practice of post-fire logging, they have become one of rarest types of forest habitat in the western U.S. The Forest Service recently announced plans to cut much of the best remaining snag forest habitat created by the 2013 Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, which is home to a variety of imperiled species.  Read more >

Left to right: Lisa Schiff, Michael Govan, Jennie King, John Gerrard, Julia Jackson, Terry Tamminen

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation celebrates the opening of John Gerrard: Solar Reserve (July 12–September 3, 2018) sponsored by Jackson Family Wines on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Photo (c) Stefanie Keenan

LDF and Jackson Family Wines team up for Solar Reserve exhibition, announce partnership to promote environmental sustainability

LDF is proud to announce a partnership with California-based Jackson Family Wines, a wine industry leader in sustainability, to raise awareness about environmental issues. The partnership kicked off this month with the unveiling of a unique public art installation, John Gerrard’s Solar Reserve, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)The installation, a computer simulation of the SolarReserve solar thermal power plant in Tonopah, Nevada, is sponsored by Jackson Family Wines and produced by Lisa Schiff and SFA Advisory as a part of LDF’s new Art and Environment initiative.  Read More >


The Solar Reserve installation at LACMA is open to the public and will run from July 12 – September 3, 2018. 

California Program Book Recommendation
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Growing a Revolution by David R. Montgomery

Soil health is an essential component to a greener future! This book provides a great overview of soil biology and how healthy soil can help feed a growing global population while slowing climate change. A great read that explains the environmental, social, and economic benefits of healthy soil for different farm sizes and geographies.  
 
To see this and other environmentally themed books recommended by the LDF team, visit leonardodicaprio.org/books >

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