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Even though they won’t benefit me now.

One principle of sustainability is doing things with benefits that go beyond your lifetime. In one of his most famous poems, "Manifesto", Wendell Berry suggests doing things that we will not live to see the benefit of: Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias. Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not […]
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One Planet, Many Neighbors

July 11 marks World Population Day, a day marked to raise awareness of issues related to world population. Though this is not the most well known commemoration, its relationship to the environment makes it worth exploring further. So, what is World Population Day and where did it come from? The United Nations Development Program established […]
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It threatens the most vulnerable

Climate change has already threatened people’s livelihoods and traditions. The Gabra people live in one of the harshest environments in Africa, perhaps on Earth. However, they’ve been resilient against famine and other hardships. In the 1970s, the major famine that took a toll on most of Eastern Africa had the least affect on the Gabra […]
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The Roots of Everything

Downstream problems have upstream solutions. Plant With Purpose’s model of international development evolved from a series of discoveries. First: We discovered that if we wanted to help people improve their lives, we needed to improve their environment, because both were so deeply connected. Second: We saw that helping people out of poverty went a long […]
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What you’ve made possible

In some ways it still feels like we just celebrated a new year, but then you realize: it’s halfway over. Time goes by like that sometimes, especially when you’re engaged in deep and immersive work. Right now is a good time to celebrate the work you’ve made possible for Plant With Purpose over the past […]
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Here's how to listen to and support the Grassroots Podcast

The Grassroots Podcast is officially live! As of July 2, Plant With Purpose's premiere podcast is finally live. Whether you get your podcasts on Spotify, Apple, Google, Overcast, Breaker, Anchor, Pocket Casts, or RadioPublic, you'll be able to listen to our new show for free! We are committed to amplifying the voices of the rural […]
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Milestones and Making Plans

It’s the end of a fiscal year for Plant With Purpose, and this one leaves us with a lot to celebrate. This year saw the 30 millionth tree planted by Plant With Purpose, and that is a very big cause for celebration. Each tree plays a major role in environmental respiration. Through transpiration, assisting in […]
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It Threatens the Most Vulnerable

The impact of climate change and degradation is not felt evenly. Environmental degradation is a cruel phenomenon. It has the harshest effect on people who already suffer a great deal: the world’s poor. Especially the rural poor. While most common images of poverty depict something urban, poverty is mostly rural. Among those who live in […]
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The Roots of Everything

There’s no shortage of problems in the world to solve. As a student, Philippe Lazaro knew he wanted to apply his international interests to help solve some of these problems, but getting started was a journey in and of itself. A slew of internships and volunteer opportunities took him around the world. From the Demilitarized […]
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Stay cool and stay green, even when it's hot out

Summer is just around the corner, which means longer daylight, more time outside, and warmer weather. For some of us, that means much warmer weather, prompting a habitual air-conditioning crank during the day to come home to a nice, cool house after hours of soaking up the sun. Anyone who’s seen an electricity bill before […]
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Introducing the Plant With Purpose GrassRoots Podcast!

Here’s fun news- we’re launching a podcast! Over the past few months, our team has been arranging interviews, talking to fascinating individuals, and reflecting on our own experiences on the journey of environmental restoration all for the purpose of putting together a moving and informative podcast experience. The show will be called GrassRoots and it […]
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EarthX: Changing lives from Dallas to the DRC

Plant With Purpose and EarthX were Earth Week partners. EarthX is an environmental forum where citizens, educators, business leaders, students, nonprofits, and leaders can take action towards a more sustainable future by exploring a variety of solutions. Plant With Purpose came for the second year in a row, connecting with environmental leaders and concerned citizens. […]
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How to Stay Sane While Living Sustainably

Four important things to remember Start Small Living sustainably does not have to happen over night. There is no need to overhaul your whole life in one big sweep. Start small and work up. You do not need to phase out plastics completely, if that does not suit your lifestyle yet. Instead, start by using […]
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Shoulder to Shoulder: The importance of solidarity

Solidarity is an act of hope. Solidarity means moving in the direction of pain in the world, standing with those who are suffering and taking up their cause as if it were your own. Doing so is both an act of hope and an imitation of Christ. Vitor Westhelle once said that “the cross is […]
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Earth Day celebrates a chance to love your neighbor

One of our greatest purposes is to love our neighbor as ourselves Many of us are familiar with the two greatest commandments, as found in Matthew 22: To love God with all our hearts, minds, and strength, and, To love our neighbor as ourselves While each of us may find unique opportunities to practice these […]
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