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"Carpooling, nurturing honeybees, planting trees, cleaning the environment, waste management (reduction) and growing vegetables were recommended many years ago (by Amma) and Amma’s children are doing that. If we all get together and do it with more focus, we will be able to transform this earth into heaven. For that, we should first create heaven within ourselves. I pray to the Supreme to grace us with the blessings to do so."

Amma (from speech at the Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet convened by President Francois Hollande 21 July 2015, Paris, France.

GreenFriends
Amma reviews a harvest
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!

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North America GreenFriends Newsletter
Read the Quarter 2 2022 North America GreenFriends newsletter!
Q2 2022 GreenFriends newsletter The Q2 2022 edition of the North America GreenFriends newsletter includes another excerpt from Amma’s Man and Nature; an interactive workshop series where we can learn to grow vegetables alongside the instructors; how chickens helped rescue a devotee from depression; an interview with the baker of Nature Cakes; and an update from the Southern California Embracing The Trees effort.

See the table of contents and subscribe to the newsletter...

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Embracing the Trees

A Tree Planting Initiative of GreenFriends North America

Planting a tree

Amma's encouragement for us to plant trees has gotten stronger and taken on more urgency recently. First, she asked us to plant one tree per month. Now she asks us to also plant trees for special holy days, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Although willing to plant trees, many of us don't know how or where to begin. To that end, GreenFriends North America is introducing the Embracing the Trees initiative to support all MA Centers and satsangs as we work together to plant as many trees as we can.

Find out more about Embracing The Trees...

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Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter
Embracing the Trees
As nice as they are, campfires can cause risks not only to people and wildlife, but can also be detrimental to the environment. This does not to mean we should stop having campfires, rather, we should be mindful of their environmental impact. Read about nature as art and how it relates to wildfires in the GreenFriends Pacific Northwest newsletters!

The PNW GreenFriends newsletters contain interesting articles and photos about gardening, nature, the PNW Litter Project, the Greenbelt Restoration Project and more...

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More of Amma's Teachings on Man and Nature

Amma's Teachings on Man and Nature
In this excerpt from the booklet ‘Man and Nature’, Amma talks about how serious the environmental problem is.

Read Amma’s Answers to Questions on Nature...

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Grow As We Go: Amritaculture Workshop Series
Grow As We Go workshop series
This interactive workshop is dedicated to strengthening your connection to your garden and spirituality.

Read about the Amritaculture Grow As We Go workshop series...

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Hens, Seva, Eco-Friendly Living and Fun

Hens feeding
We have lost an alarming number of birds over the past 50 years, but small changes can make a big difference when it comes to supporting bird populations.

Read about how to create a Bird Friendly Garden...

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Joyful Tree Adventures in Southern California

Joyful Tree Adventures in Southern California
Embracing the Trees in Southern California has joined in Amma’s pledge to support the UN’s Trillion Tree campaign.

Read the latest Southern California ETT updates...

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Nature Cakes as Art - An Interview with Sonali

Learning to darn
One devotee takes to darning socks in place of traditional gifts. Read here about why and how, and how it went.

Read about how to Learn to Darn...

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Source Reduction Campaign
Amma touches the world

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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Calculate Your Plastic Footprint

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India's Enduring Love for Trees
Tree huggers are killed

In India, trees have been regarded with deep respect and reverence throughout the ages.

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."

"If people did need to kill a tree in those days, they would plant not just one, but several more to replace it."

"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 about the original tree huggers...

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MA Center Plants the 1000th Fruit Tree
Amma blesses the 1000th fruit tree

Amma’s wish to plant 1000 fruit trees on the ashram grounds was finally realized when she blessed the 1000th sapling after the question and answer session at the 2019 San Ramon retreat.

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Ravi's Tips for Conserving Water and Energy
Tips on conserving water and electricity

A website visitor who moved to the US from India nearly 45 years ago shares his personal experience with conserving both water and electricity. Read more...

AYUDH GreenFriends Initiative Plants 2200+ Trees and Plants on Deserted Island
Shells left over from military target practice

14 year-old Ella Laird of Hawaii, along with 15 of her friends, planted more that 2200 trees and plants of a deserted Hawaiian island that was formerly used for military target practice.

Read the story in Ella's own words...

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Middle School Donates 17,000 Plastic Bags For Sleeping Mats for the Homeless
Bags of bags

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.

Read more...

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Good Environmental News!
Good environmental news
There are plenty of awful things happening on the planet these days, like marine plastic pollution, greenhouse gases increasing, rainforest degradation, sea levels rising, extreme weather... the list unfortunately goes on and on. But at the same time, there are a lot of good people doing a lot of good things to help save the planet.

Like news in general, good environmental news often goes unreported, or at least under-reported.

Read more some good news...


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Amma is Presented with the Results of the Plastic Challenge
Amma smells a tulsi

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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Environmental News Stories

Could a Trillion Trees Really Save the Planet?

Swedish Teen Tells the Truth at UN Climate Change Conference

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

Plastic is Killing Coral Reefs

Beekeepers Benefit From Community Apiaries

Oregano, Cow Burps 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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