GreenFriends
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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.


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Tree Planting Campaign

In honor of Amma's 65th birthday, an offering is being made to Amma of a gift of trees to be planted planted all over North America. Fall is a good time to plant trees in most areas. In coming weeks we will send out some basic information on how to plant trees, and where you can plant them, if you don’t own property or don’t have room. In recent times, hundreds of thousands of North American trees have been lost in devastating forest fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Let's do what we can.

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Source Reduction Campaign

Amma has asked that we begin to concentrate our efforts of sustainable living on SOURCE REDUCTION. This means stopping waste before it begins. Instead of recycling plastics and other throw-away products that need to be processed for reconfiguration into another form, we need to start using products that are designed to last, or find an alternative way of living that eliminates the need for the product altogether.

You can now download an inspiring PDF introducing the Source Reduction Campaign.

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GreenFriends and Embracing the World at the 7th Parliament of World Religions

GreenFriends and Embracing the World were represented at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, November 2 - 7, 2018.

Green Friends was invited to host a booth as part of the Interfaith Family Festival (IFF). The IFF had the theme of “Plant an Interfaith Garden” and featured five days of "joyful, engaging, and experiential spiritual exploration for kids, teens, families, schools, and faith groups."

Each booth in the Interfaith Family Festival had a theme and an activity focused on children. The GreenFriends/Embracing the World booth had the theme titled, "The Light of Diwali - The Light Within You".

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Children’s Climate lawsuit

On Nov. 2, 2018, the US Supreme Court refused to dismiss Juliana v United States, also known as the Children’s Climate lawsuit. The suit argues that the US government undertook policies that contributed to climate change, thereby causing irreparable harm to young people and denying them a safe climate. Specifically, it claims the federal government encouraged the production of oil, gas and other fossil fuels, causing the planet to warm and infringing on several of the plaintiffs' fundamental rights. It lists examples that the government knew the Earth was warming as early as 1965, and it requests a court order for the government to decrease carbon dioxide emissions as well as the creation of a national plan to "restore Earth's energy balance and "stabilize the climate system.

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Too many straws...


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Middle School Donates 17,000 Plastic Bags to Create Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

When Jones Middle School couldn’t find a recycler for their plastic bags, their teacher did an Internet search on recycling and reusing plastic bags and ended up at the Green Friends North America Plastic Challenge web page. The Middle School contacted the GreenFriendsNA.org website to find out if they could donate their plastic bags. A day later the greenhouse at Turtle Barn Farm was full from floor to ceiling with 17,000 plastic bags that volunteers can use to create sleeping mats for the homeless.

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Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter

Download the December 2018 GreenFriends Pacific Northwest newsletter!

The December newsletter contains interesting articles on PNW Gardening, Backyard Herbal Medicine, the PNW Litter Project and more...

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Amma is Presented with the Results of the Plastic Challenge

Amma was presented with the results of the Plastic Challenge in the form of a PowerPoint presentation while on the US tour. She had a very positive reaction when shown the plastic challenge results and was very happy it is happening.

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India's Enduring Love for Trees

In India, trees have been regarded with deep respect and reverence for countless centuries. Amma has told us that in ancient times in India, people would perform a puja to worship trees. If there was a need to cut a tree down, or even before plucking its fruit or leaves, they would seek its permission and apologize.

“In the old days, there was no specific need for environmental preservation,” Amma says, “because protecting Nature was part of worshiping God and life itself.”

“More than remembering ‘God’, the people used to love and serve Nature and society. They saw the Creator through the creation. “They loved, worshipped and protected Nature as the visible form of God.” .

Read more of this fascinating article on India's relationship with trees through the ages...


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

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

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.


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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.

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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:

    Bend
    Stretch
    Plant that seed
    Pull that weed!      

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Environmental News Stories

Greta Thunberg makes an impassioned appeal at UN climate change conference in Poland

New U.S. Climate Report Forecasts Dire Effects

Supreme Court Says Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change

European Parliament Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastics

Microplastics Found in Human Stools

Pakistan Urges Innovative, Cost-Effective Solutions to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

An Indian State Bans Plastic Bags, Straws and More

Starbucks is Eliminating Plastic Straws

Plastic is Killing Coral Reefs

The Oceans are Drowning in Plastic and No One's Paying Attention

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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