Title: Plant A Million
Email: plantamillion@lovepeaceharmony.org
Website: lovepeaceharmony.org/plantamillion
Started: 2018
An Initiative of Love Peace Harmony Foundation
Foundation Website: lovepeaceharmony.org

PRESS RELEASE

Love Peace Harmony Foundation is pleased to announce a major project
to uplift humanity, help restore nature, and benefit all life on Earth.

The Plant A Million Initiative
In one year, we aim to plant one million trees.


Plant A Million, an initiative of Love Peace Harmony Foundation, was inspired by the realization that our planet is rapidly undergoing unprecedented change of its natural resources and climate. If we do not act now and implement changes to mitigate humanity’s actions, life on our planet may never be the same. We need to join together to do whatever we can for Mother Earth, the foundation of all of life.

Forests cover 30 per cent of the world’s land area and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the ecosystem stability. Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.

The impact of this loss has large potential to negatively affect the earth’s ecosystems as well as the vitality of our air, water, and food resources. The biodiversity that is central to life on Earth has to be supported and protected for our survival and for life on Earth to flourish.

One of the easiest and most impactful ways to help the environment is to plant trees. Trees provide us with oxygen, reduce pollution of our waterways, prevent soil erosion, support wildlife, improve psychological health, and much more. Planting trees can bring people in diverse communities all over the world together as one Love Peace Harmony World Family with a shared mission: to improve life for all of humanity and to ensure a rich and healthy planet.

Trees have the power to help save the environment and preserve the planet for generations to come. That's why we're committed to working with people and organizations across the globe to plant more trees and protect the world's precious forests.

OUR CURRENT PARTNERS

PAM - Tarayana Foundation, Thimphu, Bhutan

Tarayana Foundation, Thimphu, Bhutan
The Foundation believes in maximizing happiness and harmony among all Bhutanese people by providing opportunities for life improvement to the vulnerable communities in Bhutan. By helping community members learn and integrate new skills, Tarayana Foundation promotes self-empowerment and the importance of serving each other.

PAM - SWRC

Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world.

PAM - Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee

Venerable Mae Chee Sansanee, Sathira Dhammasathan, Bangkok, Thailand
The Foundation believes in maximizing happiness and harmony among all Bhutanese people by providing opportunities for life improvement to the vulnerable communities in Bhutan. By helping community members learn and integrate new skills, Tarayana Foundation promotes self-empowerment and the importance of serving each other.

PAM - Barbara King

Bishop Barbara King, Hillside International Truth Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., a New Thought, inclusive, healing ministry open to all people, Bishop King shares the same passion to serve by helping people to become healthier and happier. The ministry has pledged to spread the movement to their followers nationwide.

PAM - Kaarma

Kaarma Charitable Trust (NGO), Mumbai, India
Kaarma Charitable Trust is a nonprofit organization founded by students of Master Zhi Gang Sha. Their primary activities include feeding 500 homeless people every week and providing educational support in the form of fees and school essentials to under-privileged children. This organization serves by giving back to their society through family, friends, associates, and sponsors, and inspiring everyone to be of service. To support Plant A Million, they submitted a proposal to the Mumbai civic body seeking permission to plant thousands of trees in and around Mumbai.

PAM - Rotary

Rotary International
Rotary is a global network of neighbors, friends and problem-solvers who share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. Through Rotary Clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.
OUR DIRECTORS
DR. AND MASTER ZHI GANG SHA

Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha is a New York Times bestselling author and a pioneer in modern day spirituality. He is a medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in China and Canada. From a very early age, he studied several Eastern arts and is a Grandmaster of tai chi, qigong, feng shui, and the I Ching. In 2016, he was appointed to the position of National Calligrapher Master and Honorable Research Professor by the State Ethnic Academy of Painting. Master Sha has traveled worldwide for many years to teach ancient wisdom and modern spiritual practices.

In 2010, Master Sha founded Love Peace Harmony Foundation. He has been recognized widely for his extensive humanitarian activities. His awards include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his outstanding work in promoting peace. Master Sha has also been honored by the Council of the City and County of Honolulu and was named an Honorary Member of the Budapest Foundation, an organization dedicated to resolving social, economic, and ecological challenges of the twenty-first century. In addition, he was one of the founding members of the Fuji Declaration, whose mission was to create lasting peace on Mother Earth. Master Sha received a Commendation from Los Angeles County for his humanitarian efforts both locally and worldwide, and in 2017 was honored with the International Tara Award from Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta of Sathira-Dhammasathan, for being a person who acts like a Boddhisattva, doing good for society. Master Sha is the founder of the Tao Academy and has trained Master Teachers around the world. He has devoted his life to universal service for all humanity.


MARILYN TAM

Marilyn Tam is the CEO of Universal Soul Service, Inc., a global speaker and bestselling author of The Happiness Choice. A business leader and humanitarian, she was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and Vice president of Nike Inc., and is a successful entrepreneur who has built four companies.

The founder and executive director of the Us Foundation, dedicated to serving the world, she has been listed by Brand Channel as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally and is rated by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world.


ALEXANDRE GHEYSEN

Alexandre Gheysen is the Chief Financial Officer of Universal Soul Service Corp., based in Toronto, Canada. He is also the director of multiple subsidiaries of the company and on the board of the non-profit foundation. He manages financial strategy, corporate finance, systems implementation, data security and management and oversees all legal and contractual issues for the company.

Alexandre Gheysen has an Executive MBA from the ESSEC Business School, a Master's Degree in Finance from the European Business School and a Master's Degree in Business Control from IAE Montpellier II – University for Business Administration. He is a certified Management Accountant.

LOVE PEACE HARMONY FOUNDATION

Love Peace Harmony Foundation was created by Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, a renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher, to serve all humanity to increase worldwide happiness and well-being. The goal is to raise the consciousness of humanity and to join with other aligned organizations to offer practical assistance in global humanitarian efforts.

Our foundation is dedicated to improving life for people all over the world. We offer free meditation and chanting classes and are focused on enhancing the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities.

Some of our numerous initiatives have included working with the Tarayana Foundation in Bhutan, a remote kingdom in the Himalayas. We are helping to support access to education, health care and proper nutrition, and creating a pilot project there that we hope will be replicated in many other areas of the world.

In Toronto, Canada, we have supported low-income families so they could send their children to the Harbourfront Centre summer camp to experience the many benefits of enjoying a variety of activities with their peers and engaging actively with the environment. We have also contributed to the nonprofit WandAid to help families in earthquake damaged zones in Nepal. We are very honored to help support communities impacted by natural disasters, political crises and other disadvntages.

Love Peace Harmony Foundation has numerous additional ongoing projects and is actively expanding efforts worldwide to help people live happier and healthier lives. The Plant A Million initiative is one of our current efforts that we hope will have a great impact on many people and the planet.

RESOURCES FOR INTERVIEWERS
Topics for discussion
  • What inspired the Plant A Million initiative?
  • What do you hope it will accomplish for humanity and for Earth?
  • How do you plan to accomplish the large task of planting one million trees in one year?
  • What are some of the benefits of planting trees?
  • Who are some of your collaborators?

 

  • If people would like to get involved, who should they contact?
  • Can you tell us about Love Peace Harmony Foundation?
  • What are some of the other projects initiated?
  • How can people get involved with your foundation in their communities around the world?