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Update for Embracing the Trees

A Tree Planting Initiative of GreenFriends North America

A mosaic of trees

Encouraged by Amma's continued focus on tree planting, in our last newsletter GreenFriends North America introduced the Embracing the Trees (ETT) initiative to support all MA Centers and satsangs as we work together to plant as many trees as we can. For the introduction to the ETT initiative, see here.

From the Vedas (between 1200 and 800 BCE):

The earth provides surface for vegetation which controls the heat buildup. The herbs and plants having union with sun rays provide congenial atmosphere for the life to survive”
(Atarva Veda 5.28.5)

"Do not poison (pollute) water and do not harm or cut the trees." (Yajur Veda 6.33)

The ETT initiative involves regional resource teams working through the regional MA Center ashrams (including Amma Centers and Amma Foundation of Canada) to support tree planting activities among satsangs and devotees in their region. It is envisioned to be an interconnected web of support and information among the MA Centers and satsangs, sharing information and expertise. The website greenfriendsna.org is building a section to support this web of tree planting activity among satsangs.

During our recent check-in call on December 12th, each regional team gave updates about their research and activities. All the teams are enthusiastically getting their plans together, making contacts with regional organizations, and gathering volunteers to help make it all come together. There are still ways to be involved, even from home, during these COVID times.

To learn about what is happening in your region and get involved contact your regional ETT coordinators!

Contact List:

Amma Foundation of Canada Canada trees.ammatoronto@ammagroups.org
Amma Center IOWA With Midwest Region, MAC Chicago trees.ammacenteriowa@ammagroups.org
Amma Center New Mexico Southwest Region - States: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming trees.macnm@macenters.org
MAC Atlanta Southeast Region: States: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida trees.macatlanta@macenters.org
MAC Chicago and MAC Michigan MAC Chicago and MAC Michigan Midwest Region: States: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan. MAC Chicago: trees.macc@macenters.org MAC Michigan: trees.macmi@macenters.org MAC Chicago: trees.macc@macenters.org

MAC Michigan: trees.macmi@macenters.org

MAC Dallas Mid-south Region: States: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana trees.macdallas@macenters.org
MAC DC East Central Region: States: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania trees.macdc@macenters.org
MAC Los Angeles Southern California Region: States: California (Southern - from Santa Barbara on south) trees.macla@macenters.org
MAC New England Northeast Region: States: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine trees.ammane@ammagroups.org
MAC New York Greater New York Region: States: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut trees.macnyc@macenters.org
MAC San Ramon Northern California Region: States: California (Northern), Nevada, Hawaii trees.macsr@macenters.org
MAC Seattle Northwest Region: States: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska trees.macseattle@macenters.org


With Amma's grace, may we join together as an interdependent cooperative web of life-sustaining actions for Mother Earth and future generations.

Swamini Ambikamrita Prana and GreenFriends North America Core Team:
Vino, Boston
Vishwan, Santa Fe
Natasha, Toronto
Ahalya, New England
Anavadya, Atlanta

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