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When planting trees, be sure to tell the whole story

Don’t oversimplify the complex, and don’t over-complicate the simple. This simple charge is one that’s stuck with me throughout years of work in communications and storytelling focused on international development and climate solutions. Both of these errors have the potential to do harm.  The world of international development is full of cases where complex problems […]
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Why Spiritual Renewal?

Plant With Purpose’s mission encompasses a threefold approach. The three spheres of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal are integrated, leading to transformational change. While we believe strongly in the relationship between these areas, they each have unique nuances, especially the area of spiritual renewal. It is less tangible than environmental restoration, and it […]
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The Spiritual Stakes of Endangered Species

The following is a guest contribution by Christian environmental writer, Betsy Painter. Betsy Painter is a creative writer and conservation biologist who is passionate about environmental care and its human dimensions. She has studied Religion and Ecology in graduate school with a focus on the beautification of nature in the redemptive Biblical narrative and its […]
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What is Regenerative Agriculture?

By Hannah Arledge The term “regenerative agriculture” seems to mean something slightly different to everyone. In fact, in a study published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, scholars found that “across 229 academic journal articles and 25 practitioner websites… only 51 percent of research articles that used the term supplied any sort of definition. Meanwhile, […]
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Rising to Meet the Need: Global Program Expansion

The following is a session transcript of a conversation hosted as part of our Online Global Conference originally aired on Friday, October 8, 2021. We are launching or expanding work in countries and watersheds around the world: Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Mexico, and even a new country! Meet our program team […]
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Hope Restored: A Conversation About Spiritual Impact

The following is a session transcript of a conversation hosted as part of our Online Global Conference originally aired on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Do trees, farming, and savings really connect people to God? Spiritual renewal is happening around the world through our work. Come learn about the exciting next phase of our commitment to […]
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Empowered Women are Leading the Way

The following is a session transcript of a conversation hosted as part of our Online Global Conference originally aired on Thursday, October 7, 2021. One of the most compelling aspects of our global work is the way women and girls are empowered to lift their communities. In fact, many global observers believe empowered women may […]
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The Change is Real: Measuring Impact & Results

The following is a session transcript of a conversation hosted as part of our Online Global Conference originally aired on Monday, October 4, 2021. We did a deep dive into our work over the past three years and what we discovered will surprise (and encourage) you! What’s working? What are we improving? See our “report […]
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The Value of Multilateral Partnerships

Plant With Purpose partners are autonomous but interdependent On the day that Plant With Purpose was established in 1984, two organizations were created as partners. Floresta International was founded in San Diego, California, and would later become known as Plant With Purpose. In the Dominican Republic, Floresta Incorporada was launched, where it continues working to […]
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Why crop yields don’t tell the whole story

Plant With Purpose participant farmers increase their crop yields by 37% Ending poverty and restoring ecosystems are intertwined goals that cannot be effectively achieved without each other. When nearly nine out of ten people in poverty around the world live rural lives dependent on agricultural livelihoods, the health of their land determines everything from how […]
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Addressing Common Concerns about Planting Trees

Large scale efforts planting trees are growing more popular! Everyone from YouTube influencers to government leaders across the political spectrum are making pledges and launching campaigns to plant large quantities of trees. Countries like Ethiopia and India have broken single day records to plant trees while sustainable lifestyle brands like Tentree have made it an […]
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What is Arbor Day, Anyway?

If you have a hard time keeping track of the environmentally-related holidays in the springtime, you aren’t alone. March brings World Water Day and the International Day of Forests. In April, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week, and Arbor Day follows shortly after. Add this to the fact that it’s springtime and many people […]
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Plant With Purpose Hits Milestone - 40 Millionth Tree

Christian environmental organization on track to double that number by 2025 Plant With Purpose, U.S.-based Christian development organization, recently planted its 40 millionth tree. Operating in eight countries, one of the organization’s primary interventions, in addition to regenerative agriculture training and economic development through community savings groups, is tree planting. Perhaps most notable is that […]
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Connecting the Dots: Human Trafficking and Climate Change

Human trafficking continues to be one of the most pressing human rights violations around the world. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of men, women, and children, and the exploitation of their bodies and labor. In practically every country on earth, people are coerced or tricked into an industry of modern-day slavery. According to the […]
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Three Purpose-Filled Adventures we saw in 2019

It’s been a great year for adventurers seeking to restore the planet while challenging themselves. From paddle boards to bikes to running trails, we saw so many of you in the Plant With Purpose family embark on creative fundraising adventures. All funds raised went towards supporting our mission of restoration. Will Allen and Emily Bark […]
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