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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!

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

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Introducing Embracing the Trees

Meditating with Amma
Amma's encouragement for us to plant trees has gotten stronger and taken on more urgency recently. Although we are 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.

Read about Embracing the Trees...

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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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North America GreenFriends Newsletter
Read the Quarter 3 2021 North America GreenFriends newsletter!
The Q3 2021 edition of the North America GreenFriends newsletter edition includes an excerpt from Amma’s Man and Nature, planting the seeds of Amma’s teachings through sustainable gardening, a visual prayer from an urban devotee, an interview with a supremely resourceful devotee, an AYUDH member’s experience volunteering with GreenFriends Farm and the announcement of Embracing the Trees - a tree planting initiative.

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

Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter
Pumpkin cake
Before you throow away that halloween pumpkin or jack-o-lantern, Rread about nature as art 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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Amrita + Agriculture = Amritaculture!
A beautiful day's harvest in Amritapuri

Amritaculture, Amma's new online gardening class, is excited to announce monthly Live Q and A sessions. Please join us for our first one this year, Sunday March 21st, at 10:00pm IST. n this Live Session, we are going to be answering pre-sent gardening questions.

Feel free to send any questions to us and join us in answering any of the questions in the live session as well. Everybody has a piece of the gardening puzzle.

One topic we will be discussing is highlights from the Regenerative Agriculture Summit that is being held this week. I hope everyone has an opportunity to see some of the Summit video presentations. If not, I can send you a link, as the recordings will be available for viewing until the end of April.

Amritaculture Zoom Invitation

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Amma's Teachings on Man and Nature

Amma's Teachings on Man and Nature
An excerpt from the Booklet 'Man and Nature'

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

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Amritaculture Sustainable Gardening
Planting the Seeds of Amma’s Teachings Through Sustainable Gardening
Amritaculture Sustainable Gardening is a GreenFriends initiative. It brings together all the principles of Sustainable Farming and combines it with Amma’s Teachings.

Read about Amritaculture Sustainable Gardening...

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Wonders of Nature

The wonders of nature
Inspired by Amma and videos of the various Amritaculture initiatives, an urban devotee has been taking a closer look at all that Nature has to offer.

Enjoy a visual prayer on the Wonders of Nature...

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (In that Order)

Interview with George
In this lighthearted interview, George Wright explains some of the novel ways he saves energy, and reuses items in ways most of us have never even considered.

Read the interview with George...

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Kabir's Journey with GreenFriends and the Bees

Bees swarm around the queen
AYUDH member Kabir started coming to GreenFriends Farm in 2018 as a Karma Yogi. In 2020, he got involved with Amma’s environmental sustainability initiatives. He found it to be very therapeutic as well as a way to offset his carbon footprint.

Read about Kabir's experience with the farm and the bees...

India's Enduring Love for Trees
Tree huggers are killed

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

IAmma, 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.

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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 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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