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Refocusing the Climate Change Conversation: A Conversation about Environmental Restoration

The following is a session transcript of a conversation hosted as part of our Online Global Conference originally aired on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. One of the most important things we can do about climate change is talk about it, but that isn't always easy! Between scientific complexities, surging anxieties, and societal divides, it's hard […]
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Everything you need to know about drought

By Hannah Arledge Drought can feel like the default setting for those of us living in the western United States. 2021 has only intensified this reality, charting some of the highest temperatures in the American West and pushing us into the second most severe drought in the last 1200 years.  As a result, states like […]
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Our 5 Most Asked Climate Change Questions

The following are some of the most common climate change questions Plant With Purpose receives and were addressed in our video panel, So You Care About Climate Change. The following is an adaptation of a few of the climate change questions that were a part of the discussion. To view the full video with more […]
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Rational Hope: A Way Forward

Why are some vulnerable rural communities able to thrive in spite of the pandemic?  The COVID-19  pandemic has heightened our awareness of the turmoil in our world. Though we are isolated with family inside our homes, we are also increasingly concerned  about the events happening outside. Extreme climate events such as flooding in Sudan and […]
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Are we missing out on one of our planet’s greatest lifelines?

A group of people 800 million strong are critical to solving our environmental crisis. Our planet is undoubtedly at a critical moment right now. Various reports show that close to a million species are at risk of extinction. Meanwhile, 2030 has been projected as the date by which changes to the earth’s climate will have […]
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4 Reminders for When Environmental Issues Seem Overwhelming

How can we prevent a mass extinction event? Can we remove enough carbon from the atmosphere to avoid irreversible climate change? Can we protect and restore the forests we have left? It can be so easy to get overwhelmed by the daunting nature of protecting our planet. Maybe it isn’t so surprising that many people […]
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What are the most important sustainability goals for the 2020s?

 It’s a new year and a new decade at that. The beginning of the 2020s puts us at a crucial spot in trying to address some of our planet’s biggest environmental issues. The decisions that we make over the next decade will have an impact on our planet. This impact will long outlast us. We’re […]
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How to stop glacial retreat

Glacial retreat represents a variety of ecological concerns Glacial retreat is a term that describes what happens when a glacier’s furthest point doesn’t reach as far down valley as it used to at the same time of year. It can be used as a shorthand to describe the shrinking of a glacier and as a […]
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The Gold Mine of Local Ingenuity

What happens when the line gets blurry between sustainability and marketing? Some of our planet’s most needed solutions are ready to be unearthed. They aren’t waiting to be discovered in the labs of our top research institutions. They aren’t waiting for tech entrepreneurs to figure things out. They’re in the minds of the people most […]
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It started with a single cow

Sayumi’s story started with her farm and a single cow. Sayumi’s life wasn’t easy. It was simple, but she had to work exceedingly hard just to survive. She tended her family’s farm every single day, which provided them just enough to get by. Still, her family's life was full of uncertainty. They didn’t have money saved. […]
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We Were The Ones Who Forgot

For Isaya, poverty took many forms Isaya lives in Tanzania, where he and his neighbors once lived in poverty. They didn’t just lack money, however. They also lacked trees, enthusiasm, and the awareness of how to improve their situation. The barrenness of the land around him left Isaya concerned about what sort of future awaited […]
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How layered agroforestry can help millions

In order to help people, Plant With Purpose plants trees! That’s the short version of why we exist. The longer version of that is, well, much more nuanced. The way we plant trees is just as important as the fact that we plant them. We encourage and empower locals to participate in reforestation, for starters. […]
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To the ones who keep showing up

Trying to make an impact on the world isn’t an easy task. While change is possible, the process isn’t linear. There are ups and downs, setbacks, and moments of discouragement that every person who tries to make an impact faces. That’s why a key trait of people who make a big difference is resilience and […]
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We can't forget to celebrate hope

The communities where Plant With Purpose works are some of the most difficult places on the Earth to live. As much as our stories focus on change and how a better world is possible, they are also incomplete without a reminder that our group members live very difficult lives. In villages across rural Latin America, […]
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Hope in a Weary Land

Where is the most difficult place on the planet to survive? You could certainly make a case for a few of the countries where Plant With Purpose works. Experts frequently mention the Democratic Republic of the Congo among the most difficult countries for someone to live. Frequent episodes of violent conflict, rampant hunger and poverty, […]
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