April 13, 2012

How to be an Earth Day Lorax without Dow or Monsanto. ~ Alana Lea

It is possible to be a real life Lorax and speak for the trees, and even plant a forest full of them, without the help of Dow Chemical Company or their partner The Nature Conservancy, or Monsanto, or their partner Conservation International.

In fact, it makes the Lorax grumpy to think that these two makers of Agent Orange (which is being used to deforest parts of the Amazon), are now part of the tribe surrounding Universal’s Lorax movie and Dr. Seuss’s Lorax Project.

Marina Silva, Brazil’s former Minister of the Environment said:

“22% of all living species + 11% of the world’s drinking water are Brazil’s responsibility” it’s got to be exciting for Dow to “protect 70 percent of Brazil’s fresh water supply by working with a variety of partners on a large-scale reforestation program in the country’s Atlantic Rainforest, which is home to major watersheds.”

And for Monsanto to have access to all those species?  Think of the possibilities!

But hey, if you don’t mind that people just make holes in the plain old ground and stick a tree in each one, a tree grown with worm poop instead of chemicals, using spring water, and don’t mind that non-corporate country folks are doing the growing and the digging and the planting, and getting paid a fair price—there’s hope for you too!

You can help replant 250 acres of degraded rainforest, organically, while supporting not only the network of small growers, laborers, the rural Brazilian NGO, subsistence farm families, but even the real deal Pachamama Alliance who does conservation work in the Amazon.

Just use this link for iGiveTrees and gift some trees today.

And tomorrow.

And the next day too…

In advance, thank you for helping us spread this word.

Here’s what Swami Beyondanda has to say. Namasté

*Originally published at Changents.


Edited by: Jill Barth


Alana Lea is a voice for the rainforest. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Alana moved to the United States as soon as she could walk, and only learned that she emerged from the most diverse and endangered rainforest on earth, half a century later.

She instinctively cultivated a passion for the plant kingdom as a horticulturalist for more than thirty years, while later telling its stories as a botanical artist. In addition to the creation of Tropiflora, a successful tropical nursery business, these years yielded exhibits of her botanical watercolors and digital collages at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution and Museum of Natural History.

She is the Founder of Rainforest ECO and Rainforest ECObank projects.

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