New Earth Foundation (NEF) seeks to help humanity achieve a better life through all fields of human endeavor. Many groups are doing outstanding work to help create a renewed civilization and a more compassionate culture, and to benefit all of life. It is our privilege and joy to help make these valuable humanitarian efforts flourish.

True to its mission, New Earth Foundation funds life-enhancing and practical 501(c)(3) projects. The grants given by NEF support a wide variety of important endeavors, from community efforts that create models of social sustainability to educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future; from strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities, to environmental initiatives that are working to help eliminate pollution and save the planet’s precious life.

You will find below examples of projects New Earth Foundation has funded. Although NEF is a small foundation, its ongoing financial assistance to leading-edge projects is decisive in the lives of many.

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CLEAN AIR, SAVED TREES & GLOBAL WARMING REDUCTION PROJECT

OUTSTANDING YOUNG LEADERS BUILD A BETTER WORLD

GLOBAL COOPERATION FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE

SERVICE LEARNING ABROAD IN ECOVILLAGES

USING SOLAR POWER TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER AND ELECTRICITY

DEMOCRACY SCHOOLS

TRAINING FUTURE LEADERS

EDUCATION IN ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE

PEACE THROUGH SKILLED NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION

 

 

CLEAN AIR, SAVED TREES & GLOBAL WARMING REDUCTION PROJECT

fireU.S. farmers are forced to deal with approximately 250 million tons of agricultural residues annually. The easiest way for them to remove the residues is to burn them. This process pollutes the air, contributes to global warming and creates serious health and safety risks for the surrounding communities. Fiber Futures demonstrates that this massive burning is a missed opportunity for proper sustainable resource management and rural economic development. They advocate that such agricultural residues can be easily used for building materials and paper, instead of trees.

Consistent over-logging of forests has devastating impacts, appallingly leaving less than 5% of the nation's virgin forests standing! Despite the alarming damage and projected shortages, wood continues to be the prime resource for paper and building materials. U.S. consumption of wood is presently 200 million tons per year, and is expanding annually by 4 million tons. The building and paper industries continue to use virgin wood for 70% of their total requirements, and only 1% of non-wood sources.

As early as in 2004, New Earth Foundation enthusiastically supported Fiber Futures’ much needed and multifaceted project. For both the looming wood shortage and harmful practice of agricultural burning, the use of readily available agricultural by-products for the wood and paper industries is an environmentally-sound, technically feasible, economically beneficial, and brilliant win-win solution.

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OUTSTANDING YOUNG LEADERS BUILD A BETTER WORLD

Since being founded in 1990 by two teenagers, Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) has been a thriving organization doing far-reaching work to impact the lives of youth leaders across the world. For one year, young, knowledgeable and dynamic high school graduates traveled throughout the United States engaging more than 650,000 students in school assemblies, following up with day-long workshops numbering in the hundreds.

The YES! staff has also held more than a hundred week-long gatherings for visionary young leaders from over sixty-five nations. New Earth Foundation is especially excited about YES!'s development in the last few years, organizing intergenerational “Jams” to support some of the planet’s most potent and dedicated young social change leaders. “Jams” are gatherings of innovative people from around the world, coming together to inspire and augment each other’s work. These “Jam” events are currently being held in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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GLOBAL COOPERATION FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE

Global pollution and its consequence, the dying of species worldwide, have broadened human awareness that all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund advocates that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, and mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. The work of this organization is to bring a balance between what benefits human beings and what is good for other species and for the planet as a whole. They state, “The Earth’s voice must be heard for us to survive.”

NEF is pleased to say that due to the help of this important project, more than two dozen communities in the U.S. have now adopted local laws that recognize the rights of nature. In September 2008, Ecuador became the first country in the world to recognize rights for nature in its constitution. Bolivia is in the process of implementing a set of laws that also recognize certain rights for nature.

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SERVICE LEARNING ABROAD IN ECOVILLAGES

Ecovillages are living examples of socially and ecologically sustainable communities, and offer remarkable educational environments that are ideal for holistic and interdisciplinary education. Offered by Living Routes, this special innovative ecovillages program is a most inspiring, well-planned, and university accredited curriculum. NEF funded this program because it develops a profound understanding of real-world issues and equips students with the skills needed to solve real-world problems.

Service Learning is essential to this program, whereby students engage in supervised community projects within the Ecovillages as a way to help them understand and feel that they are a part of the community. Expert faculty helps students build skills in ecology habitat restoration through group facilitation in workshops, coursework, seminars and internships. Through setting goals and meeting challenges, students gain knowledge, practical skills, and a sense of personal and social responsibility. They also become more self-confident in their ability to be powerful change agents in their own lives and communities.

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USING SOLAR POWER TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER AND ELECTRICITY

Currently, 23% percent of rural Hondurans and 22% of rural Dominicans do not have access to a clean and reliable water source. As a result, many suffer from fatal infectious diseases such as cholera and typhoid, as well as malnutrition. NEF gave a grant to Enersol to help build seventeen solar-powered community water systems, thirteen in the Dominican Republic and four in Honduras.

With NEF’s help, Enersol also developed a solar-based electricity program for rural areas, which drew interest worldwide. They demonstrated that solar electrification was an affordable and effective alternative to conventional grid systems and that it benefited the environment and contributed to local economic development as well. Enersol’s training and assistance to local technicians along with micro-credit programs have led to the electrification of 1,000 households and micro-enterprises. Enersol’s pioneering work in the field of renewable energy became a catalyzing model used around the world, and as a consequence the quality of life has been improved for millions of people in rural villages worldwide.

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DEMOCRACY SCHOOLS

Concerned citizens and local elected officials often feel powerless and discouraged as they try to protect their communities from life-threatening assaults, such as toxic dumps, hydraulic fracking, and the disposal of industrial wastes into local lakes and rivers. Democracy Schools come to the rescue of community members and officials with their informative and much needed three-day intensive course about how to legally protect their communities. This program teaches citizens about their legal rights and the methods to effectively defend against such undertakings that are causing severe health problems of residents and the destruction of the environment where they live.

Democracy Schools also give guidance and support to citizens, when needed. NEF liked the practical usefulness and effectiveness of this project. There are now more than 200 Democracy Schools, having graduated over 3,000 participants.

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TRAINING FUTURE LEADERS

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The youth of the world are the future of the earth and will determine its destiny. The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) highlights collaboration and resource sharing among international youth organizations to maximize the impact of modern youth who are working to create a better world. GYAN, one of the largest networks of youth organizations, provides opportunities for global partnerships and shares global information connecting young people, individually and in groups. New Earth Foundation appreciates the tools and resources provided by GYAN for communication and leadership, and that recognition is given to positive youth actions that are transforming the world. GYAN has now merged its online community and databases with TakingITGlobal.org, which has become the most active site on the Internet for young social leaders. Today, the combined organizations have over 200,000 youth members in more than 200 countries.

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EDUCATION IN ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE
New Earth Foundation loved this design program that immerses students in a living laboratory of the most current thinking and innovation in the field of sustainable architecture. Students explore the many ways in which design can solve the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Ecosa Institute teaches that architecture, community planning, landscape architecture, and industrial design have the potential to create a healthy and sustainable world, using nature as a model for their curriculum. A transformative experience is gained that demonstrates how environmentally trained designers can create better outcomes. Students are encouraged to keep an open mind, to be passionate about making a difference, and to show discipline as a pioneer: imagining, creating and manifesting a new world of possibilities.

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PEACE THROUGH SKILLED NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATIONNon Violent Communication

As we know from the ongoing wars since the advent of history, peace is needed in many areas of the world. Words and opinions, misunderstandings and dogma, as well as injustice and lack of sharing may be at the root of wars. The Center for Nonviolent Communication, a global organization, is dedicated to world peace. People who practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC) have found greater authenticity in their personal and professional communication, increased understanding of others with a deepened connection, and conflict resolution.

Through its emphasis on deep listening – to ourselves as well as others – NVC helps people discover the depth of their own compassion. Through the practice of NVC, people no longer need to use the language of blame, judgment or domination, and are able to experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others’ wellbeing.

New Earth Foundation liked that the Nonviolent Communication methods are being taught and applied in over sixty-five countries around the globe in the realms of personal relationship as well as in social systems and structures such as business/economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping. NVC creates a path for healing and reconciliation in its many applications, ranging from intimate relationships, work settings, hospitals, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, to governments, schools and social change organizations.

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