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When Chicken Little warned that "the sky is falling," no one listened. When Manny, the woolly mammoth in Ice Age: The Meltdown, warns "the ice caps are melting," all the animals flee their tranquil valley to escape a devastating flood. During their flight, Manny falls in love, Diego the Saber-tooth tiger learns to swim and Sid the sloth is worshipped by a tribe of miniature sloths. The kids giggled their way through a movie that packs a powerful environmental punch. Afterwards, we were pelted with questions about whether ice caps could really melt. We wish our answer could have been "No, it's only a movie," but Manny's mammoth-sized message about our fragile environment is hard to ignore.
Being green is a part of life in Los Angeles. We try our best to recycle, use cloth bags and plant drought-friendly gardens. Saturday is Earth Day, a time to reconnect with nature and think about how to make our lives greener. During a family hike in the Santa Monica Mountains, we talked about global warming. While enjoying views to Catalina, we brainstormed ways to help ensure that the California coastline looks as beautiful for our grandchildren. Our daughter's reaction was typical teen: "I turn the faucet off when I brush." As we gently chided that her showers are way too long, we realized we could all do better. One cloth bag at a time.
Take a hike and get green
Click on the links below for hiking suggestions:
Sierra Club 213-387-4287
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation
Tree People 818-753-4600
Time Allotment: 1 to 3 hours
Want to know what we learned by taking this adventure with our kids? Here are our buttery bits of wisdom for greenifying your life:
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