People And The Environment
Environmental devastation, water scarcity and deforestation are issues that are not only having adverse effects on the earth, but on its people also. As the land is no longer able to support the communities living on it, people are being forced to leave rural areas which they once depended on for their livelihood. Farmers are losing their crops as a result of drought, soil erosion and the depletion of underground aquifers and entire families are left without a stable income. More and more people are forced to migrate to cities in search of employment but many times they are unsuccessful and instead find themselves living in poverty.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that “In the last decade, 2.4 billion people were affected by climate related disasters, compared to 1.7 billion in the previous decade.” Not only disasters, but the slow depletion of natural resources are also making communities vulnerable. Sadhana Forest works to try to address these environmental problems. Deforestation and desertification are one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. Desertification threatens communities around the world.
We believe that reforestation, water conservation and sustainability are the key elements to preventing or reducing the effect of environmental issues. There is now clear evidence that humanity is living unsustainably, and that an unprecedented collective effort is needed to return human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits. For humans to live sustainably, the Earth’s resources must only be used at a rate at which they can be replenished. Through reforestation and water conservation, Sadhana Forest tries to aid this process so that future generations will not be forced to leave their lands.
Sadhana Forest also tries to educate people about the part they can play on an individual level. We are involved in a number of local community outreach programs in which we try to support and preserve local knowledge in relation to the conservation and safe-keeping of the land. We aim to empower people by sharing sustainable living practices so that they can be more conscious of the impact that they can have on the earth and their environment. To read more about our local projects click here.
Educational Volunteer Experience
Sadhana Forest also receives over 1,000 international volunteers a year. These volunteers come from all walks of life to experience a different type of living here at Sadhana Forest. For many it acts as an introduction into many areas that they were previously unfamiliar with; reforestation, Permaculture, veganism, non-competition, unschooling and sustainability. Volunteers benefit from the diversity and knowledge that the community offers and also get the opportunity to experience a simpler lifestyle where they can feel connected to nature. On their return home, volunteers can then incorporate their knowledge and experience into their own lives and share sustainable practices and awareness with their local communities.
Sadhana Forest has hosted school students, university students, foresters and many others seeking knowledge on reforestation, environmental restoration and sustainability. All of our workshops and trainings are given for free, to read more about why we do not charge for any of our trainings go here: “Gift Economy”.