IMAGINE PEACE FOUNDATION
A Year of Gifting Week 27
This week I was inspired by my brother, Joseph, he
is an amazing Botanist and has met many wonderful people along the way. Bill Toone is one of those people
and this is the work he is doing to show his passion and compassion for the
These are a few words from
my brother and why he chose to nominate him for this week's A Year of Gifting; "I know the director of the Ecolife
Foundation, Bill Toone, and some of the staff and board members there. Bill is
inspiring to work with and has a great track record working with people to
sustainably live in their unique communities. He has been involved in education
his whole life, and worked at the San Diego Zoo for many years. He is a good
listener and surrounds himself with innovative people. Please take a few
minutes to read about the great work the Ecolife Foundation is involved in.
They inspire a holistic approach to humanitarian work and conservation."
Please join my brother and I as we contribute
a minimum of $3-$10.00 or consider volunteering to this much needed cause and
ECOLIFE's core mission
is to provide ecologically sustainable water, food, and shelter to communities
through education applied programs. ECOLIFE solves natural resource issues
using science, education, and strategic partnerships. Through applied programs,
ECOLIFE provides immediate access to clean water, food, and shelter.
Through conservation education, ECOLIFE teaches about understandable
connections to the natural systems supplying these essential
needs. Ultimately, our activities provide communities with measurable
health benefits, greater economic stability, and higher standards of living.
To be The Global Leader in the conservation and the production
of sustainable food, fuel and water in biologically significant habitats. Of
the organizations within this niche ECOLIFE is the only organization with the
international experience and connections to successfully provide sustainable
solutions to communities and involve BOTH humanitarian and wildlife
Our approach to conservation
and humanitarian work is holistic. ECOLIFE believes that there is still space
and resources for all the people and wildlife that hold this fragile web of
life in place. We believe conservative use of our resources will allow
more people to improve their quality of life, manage family sizes and
ultimately allow a greater balance with our resources. Conservation and
quality of life must ultimately go hand-in-hand. We are unique in that each
program is intimately linked with both a community of people and a notable
endangered biological resource or species.
Executive Director William (Bill) Toone, ECOLIFE Foundation's
founding trustee and renowned conservation biologist, has been a successful
spokesperson for endangered birds, insects, plants, and mammals for over 30
years. He has felt a connection with each species he has worked with and studied.
Bill began to realize that many environmental scientists were compromising
human needs or putting them second rather than treating them as equal to the
needs of the animal species. He felt that conservation programs based on this
approach would ultimately fail as important human needs were addressed.... The
conservation teams supporting Bill's work backed away in the face of human
crisis. This reaction to the crisis galvanized him and his colleagues to
take action. In 2003, the ECOLIFE Foundation was established to help fill this
important gap by using conservation as a tool-not only to protect our
remarkable natural world but also to protect and improve human life.
To learn more about this wonderful organization go to-
You shall find books and sermons everywhere, in the land and
in the sea, in the earth and in the skies, and you shall learn from every
living beast, and bird, and fish, and insect, and from every useful or useless
plant that springs from the ground.
-Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892),
First published sermon, "Harvest Time"
A human being is part of the whole,
called by us "Universe,"
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings
as something separated from the rest
- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and
to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein, 1950 ~
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