All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
--St. Francis of Assisi,  Patron saint of animals and the environment
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FOR EVERY SOUND BYTE OF BAD NEWS IN THE WORLD, THERE ARE COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS STRIVING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

This page is dedicated to some of those individuals and companies who are working toward a brighter outcome than is reflected in our daily news. 

Where possible, we work to support these efforts, and ask that you do the same.  Together, we can weave a safety net for the planet and its inhabitants.

E. O. Wilson, at the top of our list of nature's heroes, has told us that ...it will be art that exponentially expands the reach of this knowledge.

To that end, we at The Rama Tree work tirelessly to do just that -- to expand the knowledge -- both our own and anyone who will listen -- to discover just how we can turn the tide and restore the Earth to her original pristine condition.

In our conservation and education work, we come across countless individuals and organizations who are diligently working to do the same.

Each logo links to the website of that organization.
E. O. WILSON, HALF-EARTH PROJECT proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth and the ocean to nature.

"In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet", says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE  There are JGIs making a difference around the world everyday. Our approach as a global conservation organization has always been community-centered, while working together across sectors, regions and cultures to make the greatest impact. This means improving the lives of people, animals, and the environment through international and local collaboration, and having the people who know their communities best take the lead in creating positive change. We inspire hope through the collective power of individual action – finding the best way to advance conservation where it’s needed most.

350.org    The fight against climate change is a fight for justice. People all over the world are feeling the impacts, but the people suffering the most are the ones who have done the least to cause the problem.  

The work we do — and the ways we do it — has to address that injustice. That means listening to the communities who are getting hit the hardest, amplifying the voices that are being silenced, and following the leadership of the people on the frontlines of the crisis.

4Ocean   began when Alex and Andrew took a surfing trip to Bali,  that would inevitably change their lives and the fate of the ocean. Devastated by the amount of plastic in the ocean, they set out to find out why no one was doing anything about it. One afternoon they came across an old fishing village where fishermen were literally pushing their boat through piles of plastic that had washed up on shore. The two surfers realized that the proliferation of plastic threatened both the ocean environment and the fishermen's livelihood. Could the fishermen use their nets, they wondered, to pull the plastic from the ocean? This idea stuck with the 2 surfers and they knew it was time to hit the drawing board. After realizing that the demand for seafood was driving the fishermen to focus on fish instead of plastic, they knew they had to create something that could fund the desired cleanup efforts. This is how the 4ocean Bracelet was born.

Made with recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4ocean has removed more than 5 million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
8 BILLION TREES   We all know climate change, deforestation and pollution are threatening the environment.  But most people just don't feel it's possible to do anything to help.  If we don't all do something NOW this world will not be the same for our children and grand kids.

Planting trees won't solve all the world's pollution and climate issues. But it's something tangible that we CAN do that will make a BIG difference. So we are planting 10 trees for every item sold. 

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

A celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other. Our acclaimed annual national conference and local Bioneers Network events are complemented by extensive media production including a vibrant online media presence, award-winning radio and podcast series, book series, and role in third-party media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie  The 11th Hour and Michael Pollan’s best-selling book  The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Our dynamic programs and initiatives focus on game-changing initiatives related to Restorative Food Systems, Biomimicry, Rights of Nature, Indigeneity, Women’s Leadership and Youth Leadership.

In 2017, Ausubel and Simons were honored for the work of Bioneers by Japan’s Goi Peace Award, whose past recipients include Bill Gates, scientist James Lovelock of the Gaia Hypothesis, Nigerian pro-democracy activist Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Deepak Chopra.

Calley is a very dedicated Bioneer, having attended their conference every year for decades.  This is the mother of all conferences, and we encourage your participation.  If you can't attend, be sure to check out the podcasts linked here.



The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature is an award-winning annual 13-part radio and audio series featuring breakthrough solutions for people and planet.The greatest social and scientific innovators of our time celebrate the genius of nature and human ingenuity. The kaleidoscopic scope covers biomimicry, ecological design, social and racial justice, women’s leadership, ecological medicine, indigenous knowledge, spirituality and psychology. It’s leading-edge, hopeful, charismatic, provocative, timely and timeless – like nothing you’ve heard before.
Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1979 by a group of international sailors, educators, and conservationists with a mission of teaching maritime arts and sciences and preserving the world’s oceans.  OVI is dedicated to providing sail training opportunities to youth on a worldwide basis as well as providing access to the ocean world and educational programs. In 2009, Project Kaisei was launched to focus on major ocean clean-up and to raise awareness regarding the global problem of marine debris/ocean trash. 

They recently removed 40 TONS of fishing net, including a 5 ton ghost net from the Pacific Gyre!
The BlueGreen Alliance unites America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to solve today’s environmental challenges in ways that create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy.

They are guided by the principle that we can no longer choose between good jobs and a clean environment—that the actions we take to create quality jobs and to protect working people and the environment must go hand-in-hand, and that together, we will build clean, thriving and fair economy.

Their efforts center on the immediate need to develop commonsense solutions that protect the environment and create and maintain quality, family-sustaining jobs across the economy. 

...and SO MANY more...     While we grow this list, you can find more on our LINKS page at The Rama Exhibition