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GreenFriends is an international, volunteer-based movement that promotes environmental awareness and participation at the individual and community levels. GreenFriends' goal is to promote environmental awareness by inspiring people to serve and protect Nature.

GreenFriends started in India in 2001 as a project of Embracing the World and has since spread across the globe, with thousands of members today throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. The mission of GreenFriends is to create a loving bond between humanity and Nature and to promote conservation through constructive action. Any service-oriented activity to protect and promote awareness and conservation of Nature can be considered a GreenFriends activity.

"Look at Nature. Nature is a text book from which we must learn. Each object in it is a page from that book. Each and every object in Nature teaches us something. Renunciation and selflessness are the greatest lessons we can learn from Nature. Nature sacrifices Herself for humans; whereas, we not only exploit Her, but destroy Her. Yet Nature serves us. The earth is serving us; the sun, moon and stars serve us. What to we do in return for their selfless service? Nothing except harm.

The unintelligent beings and things have no thinking power, yet they selflessly serve each other and humans. Humans have discrimination and yet they are utterly selfish. They are not even clearing their debts to Nature." - Amma

May all beings and life-forms live and thrive in harmony upon the Earth!

For information on GreenFriends activities in your area, click on the GreenFriends in North America link at the top of the page.


Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter

Download the April 2017 GreenFriends Pacific Northwest newsletter!

The newsletter contains articles on:

  • Pacific Northwest Gardening
  • Tree Planting and Habitat Restoration
  • Nature
  • Pacific Northwest Litter Project
  • GreenFriends Projects in Amritapuri


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New England InDeed Challenge At the New England MA Center, people were asked to take the "InDeed Challenge".

The InDeed Challenge is asking each person to choose one new action they could take to protect the environment - something that they weren't already doing. They were asked to then communicate what action they were committing to. Finally, they submitted a photo to document their action and wrote a note to describe their efforts.

Here is what the New England satsang members pledged to do...


Santa Fe, New Mexico Takes on Trash

Local Santa Fe , NM volunteers have turned out on several occasions to not only pick up trash, but also to dislodge and haul away more pervasive items like discarded tires and submerged mattresses.



Farmer's Yoga on International Day of Yoga and Harvests at Turtle Barn Organic Farm in Edmond, OK

Here is what Turtle Barn Organic Farm Crew did to celebrate The International Day of Yoga:

Farmers Yoga:

    Plant that seed
    Pull that weed!      



Los Angeles Arbor Day

On National Arbor Day, Los Angeles Green Friends and Burrito Projects are inviting their members to volunteer with the LA City’s non-profit organization, City Plants, to plant 150 trees with 100 volunteers in South LA.  City Plants will provide all the trees, materials, lunch, together with large non-profit tree planting experts (LA Conservation Corps), to support the tree planting project.

This is training in tree planting for MA Center LA volunteers so tree planting can get started to support Embracing the World’s 6 million new trees goal!

Download the Arbor Day flyer.


GreenFriends Farm News

Tree Planting

On Saturday, January 30th, a young group of Montessori students and their parents arrived ready to plant trees. Up in the orchard, the children joined our GreenFriends Farm volunteers and a few members of the local chapter of the youth group, AYUDH.

By the time they were all finished, 18 new trees were planted; 5 Hachiya Persimmons and 13 Sundowner Apples.



Environmental News Stories

Beekeepers Benefit From Community Apiaries

Oregano, Cow Burbs and Climate Change

Healing the Ocean With A Garden of Coral

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

How a Great Teacher Cultivates Veggies (And Kids) in the Bronx

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

Regrowing Rain Forests May Help Curb Climate Change More Than We Thought

More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

Bill Nye Says a Single Scientific Fact Refutes Climate Change Deniers

Planting for Pollinators - From the US Fish and Wildlife Service


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