Rain Forest Hero Plants Over 30,000 Trees to Save the Amazon

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Carlos Espinal, INHC

Executive Director at 100th Seed Project
A long time activist for social change, Carlos has been involved with many non-profit organizations and community outreach groups dealing with struggles such as police brutality and accountability, immigrant rights, homelessness, and poverty in the inner city. Always passionate about change and how so many issues today overlap he discovered the one thing that connects us all is right in front of our eyes, on our plates. In 2013 he Co-Founded 100th Seed after meeting like minds at MAMNYC. His obsession with food justice lead him to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where he learned of many different dietary theories and how to better assist people who desire a healthier lifestyle by becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach. He firmly believes that if you want the world to change you must be the change you want to see and through his work hopes to empower others to do so.
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This short from Dan Childs and Nick Werber beautifully captures the way one community is learning to live in balance with their environment. For decades the people in the Manu region of Peru have used slash-and-burn as their primary farming technique. Realizing that there would soon be no forest left if this practice continued, Reynaldo Ochoa began experimenting with different approaches to farming the land. He’s now dedicated to reforesting the region and teaching residents more sustainable alternatives to deforestation, like agroforestry and permaculture. via National Geographic

“Everything in life begins with a seed, it is the same for a plant, a tree or an idea.”

Reynaldo shows us how one man dedicated to change can make a difference, learning and sharing permaculture techniques has shifted the mindset of his community for generations to come. Giving back what we take, living in sync with our land and sharing in the abundance of our beautiful planet can be the greatest gift we give ourselves, each other and the natural landscape we call home.

 

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