The Green World Campaign is a global collaboratory focused on what founder Marc Ian Barasch calls "green compassion." It plants trees on degraded rural land in six countries, restoring the economy and ecology of some of the world's poorest places.
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2012
One key concept is "green compassion" (the project grew out of Marc Barasch's book, Field Notes on the Compassionate Life). Another is "regenerative ecology," a prime example of which is agro-forestry, which we practice in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, India, and Mexico, in mostly relatively modest (by highly scaleable!) projects involving so-called B.O.P. ("bottom of pyramid") smallholder farmers.
The GWC has been staffed mostly by inspired volunteers, but is now seeking funding to scale up its overseas programs, to do outreach, and especially to create a stable, salaried organizational infrastructure as a platform for growth. The GWC sees itself as an "umbrella brand" and a "convener" as well as a practitioner of "regenerative ecology," as Barasch calls it, and sustainable rural development. It has many domains of action, some quite developed, some embryonic, other still aspirational, and welcomes people to contribute according to their particularinterests.
In addition to agroforestry and reforestation, a short list would include:
1) media and arts (including public art installations and digital media strategies);
2) sustainable village economies (from commodities to a new complementary currency, presently being piloted in Kenya);
3) digitally mediated positive feedback loops, such as geotagging the locations of donors' trees and, eventually, providing satellite imagery showing their growth ;
4) educational initiatives, such as school-to-school treeplanting projects;
5) "peace-trees," presently in partnership with Abraham's Path;
6) social networking, including Facebook gift apps, e-cards,etc.
7) ethical, well-monitored, plausibly designed "charismatic carbon credits" involving both trees and eco-stoves.
An example of an interactive project involves the use of cellphones to donate to plant trees, the cumulative outcome appearing on a Green World Map on public media facades in 20 countries (via www.streamingmuseum.org), as well on a website with rich mediacontent.
We are presently seeking volunteers with high level skillsets---from grantwriting to software to G.I.S. to sustainable business--and especially donors who would like to help us realize our slogan at a global scale: "Re-Green the World!"