Planet Positive Initiatives
At Essential Oxygen, we believe in taking care of the planet and its people. That’s why we created the Planet Positive Initiative to support the good works of non-profit organizations close to home and around the globe.
Every month Essential Oxygen contributes to and features an impactful organization helping the planet. We invite our network (you!) to spread the good word, get involved or donate to these important organizations.
You can sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about our monthly Planet Positive Superstars! By opting in to this, Essential Oxygen will also occasionally send you promo emails.
One Tree Planted | January 2022
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Here’s their vision. “We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.” They have planted over 40 million trees with over 266 planting partners in 43 countries across the globe since 2014. At the end of this month Essential Oxygen will contribute to One Tree Planted initiative to restore fire-ravaged lands of the United States.
One Dollar. One Tree. One Planet. Donate today!
City Slicker Farms | December 2021
City Slicker Farms began with a mission to co-power West Oakland community members to meet the basic need for fresh, healthy food by creating sustainable, high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Since its founding in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been at the forefront of the 21st-century sustainable urban farming and food justice movement, gaining national recognition as a leader in supporting low-income communities of color to grow food in the city. In the last 20 years, they have built over 400 backyard and community gardens, produced 300,000 pounds of nutrient rich food, and trained thousands of community members in organic gardening methods and environmental stewardship.
They need YOUR help to increase the amount of nutritious food they grow and gardeners that they support in the Bay Area. https://www.cityslickerfarms.org/donate/
Make Soil | November 2021
MakeSoil is an online platform that matches ‘Soil Makers’ (people who compost) with nearby ‘Soil Supporters’ (people who contribute scraps). The platform also gives local citizens and municipalities all the tools they need to rapidly create their own decentralized network of citizen-run neighborhood composting hubs in their community – keeping organic waste out of the landfill, bringing down greenhouse gas emissions, saving taxpayers’ money and, of course, making soil!
Pachamama Alliance | October 2021
Pachamama Alliance is a global community with roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, their programs integrate Indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
The Pachamama Alliance was born out of an invitation from the Achuar people to work in partnership with them to preserve their land and culture while bringing forth a new worldview that honors and sustains life. Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel, and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.
Last year, Pachamama Alliance’s flagship program reached over 9000 people in 95 countries – both virtually and in-person. It’s Drawdown Initiative has reached over 15,000 people since its inception in 2018 in 13 countries, inviting people around the world to engage in the possibility of reversing global warming. Pachamama Alliance has a variety of programs that you can get engaged with and help build a better future. Learn more at Pachamama.org.
Rodale Institute | September 2021
Rodale Institute, birthplace of the organic movement in North America, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than seventy years, the Institute has been putting science behind best practices in organic agriculture and sharing its findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. Learn more at RodaleInstitute.org
Kiss the Ground | August 2021
Kiss the Ground (KTG) is an environmental Non-Profit dedicated to awakening people to the possibilities of regeneration. With the goal to draw down carbon and restore the earth’s ecosystems KTG promotes regenerative agriculture with programs around Media, Farmland and Stewardship.
KTG’s Media Program creates general awareness and consumer demand through short films, mini-docs, a podcast, branded collaborations, and other content. They tell stories about how humanity can build healthy soil, reverse global warming and steward our planet through short films, campaigns, documentaries, books, social media, blogs, and public speaking.
KTG’s Farmland Program supports transitioning farmers and ranchers with training, mentorship, and soil testing and has a robust scholarship program for farmers who need financial assistance to take part. The Farmland Transition Program provides soil health training, soil testing, and mentorship for farmers and ranchers across California and Minnesota to adapt their management decisions to produce positive ecological, financial, and social outcomes. Investing in farmers is the most direct way to build healthy soils and achieve the many other extraordinary benefits of regenerating agricultural landscapes. Their intent is to harness the power of philanthropists, businesses, and individual donations to support on-the-ground change towards local, regional, and global food economies that improve soils, watershed health, biodiversity and farmer livelihoods.
The Stewardship Program is an education platform, community, and resource hub that educates, inspires, and empowers individuals to become powerful and impactful advocates for the regenerative movement.
You can learn more about KTG’s endeavors by reading their informative book, Kiss the Ground written by their co-collaborator Josh Tickell; and their beautifully produced, impactful documentary, Kiss the Ground Movie on Netflix. Please go to their website at kisstheground.com to donate and/or become a member of their inspiring movement.
Project Drawdown | July 2021
DRAWDOWN: The World’s Leading Resource For Climate Solutions.
Project Drawdown’s mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown” the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. They address their mission by doing comprehensive, deep dive research on the causes of and solutions for climate change.
Their website at drawdown.org is a cornucopia of definitive, beautifully presented information that we can all utilize to jump in to make a difference for our planet. The 6-part Climate 101 online video series featured on the site is a great way to learn about the topic and to find your place in the solution.
Their best selling book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, created and edited by Paul Hawken, founder of Smith & Hawken, offers the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world. This critical reference is also available on Audible. Although their organization addresses the often frightening subject of climate change, it does so in an uplifting and positive light. As Paul likes to say, It’s not game over, it’s game on!
Resilient Neighborhoods | June 2021
For the month of June, we are pleased to partner with Resilient Neighborhoods for our Planet Positive Initiative. We have a very special connection to this local Marin County, CA organization as several of our employees, including our CEO Kate Linforth, have participated in their program, effectively understanding and reducing our carbon footprint.
Resilient Neighborhoods teaches about planet-supportive habits to increase resiliency in the face of climate change catastrophes through a series of five workshops. In the beginning, participants assess their own carbon footprint then are given tools and resources that help them reduce their utility bill, food waste, gas consumption and home energy use. When the workshop is complete, participants are often amazed how small changes to their habits had a huge impact!
The on-going program has had incredible success and helps reduce 8.6 million pounds of CO2 pollution annually. Essential Oxygen hopes that the Resilient Neighborhoods concept will spread across the country and activate many people to take more responsibility for their impact on our beloved planet!