“We came here on different ships but we’re all in the same boat” 
— Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are here to awaken to the illusion of our separateness”
— Thich Nhat Hanh,
Zen Master | Peace Activist

“The greatest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest”
— Pope John Paul

“Ice doesn’t care if you are a democrat or a republican; poor or rich; from a city or the country; white or black; old or young; religious or spiritual; a meat eater or a vegan. It just melts” 
— Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, American Meteorologist | Professor

“I want you to act as if your house is on fire, because it is”
— Greta Thunburg, Youth Climate Activist

“America has 140 million people who live under the poverty line; 62 million are white, 78 million are brown and black”
— Kenneth Berlin, 
President & CEO, Climate Reality Project

“If the success or failure of this planet and of human beings depends and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?”   — Buckminster Fuller,  Architect | Inventor | Futurist

“Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.”
— Bondei Proverb

Every day Amity Foundation works with over 3000 people who have experienced the deleterious effects of childhood trauma, poverty, violence, racism, sexism and neglect. The effects of which have led to addiction, depression, homelessness, violence, and incarceration.

Environmental justice is the intersection between climate change and social justice.

We are aware that the climate crisis will exacerbate the inequities and vulnerabilities of the people we support, protect and teach. Weather events that were once every 20 years are now occurring annually. Rain bombs. Fire tornadoes. Ocean dead zones. Mercury pollution. Polar Vortex. Rising Sea Levels. These are heightened new occurrences that will affect our students, faculty and campuses for years to come.

Amity Foundation is aware and engaged in solutions to deal with the social, psychological and physical needs of our global climate crisis. We are working to reinforce our campuses with emergency supplies, strengthen the health and immunity of our students and faculty, and prepare our campuses and communities with healthy information. This requires awareness and a proactive plan. Our ability to impart intelligent, forward thinking information is crucial as people embark on their healthy lives. Through our collaborations, workshops, outreach and leadership, Amity contributes to the solutions needed to succeed.

Minimizing our impact on the planet through sustainable choices is in line with the responsible social behavior we teach daily. Learn more below:

Climate 101

What is Climate Change?
Climate change has become a global climate crisis. It is heating up and causing extreme weather patterns. Some people believe this is a natural occurrence; most believe it is caused by mankind using things like fossil fuels. Here is what is going on:

  • Fossil fuels are natural materials from the ground like coal and gas and oil
  • Beginning about two hundred years ago, we lit the first gas streetlights; we built factories and made things; we started raising and eating animals; we warmed our houses and soon invented cars
  • We did not know that this would warm the planet and cause problems
  • We do now. The challenge, however, is to stop driving gas thirsty cars, buying things shipped from China or ending our reliance on dairy and meat
  • Burning fossil fuels creates dangerous gasses like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, called greenhouse gasses
  • CO2 and methane create a gas layer that wraps around the earth like a blanket. It makes the earth – land, seas and ice get warmer
  • Our ice melts
  • Ice melting makes the water level in oceans rise
  • This water evaporates and creates unprecedented rain patterns
  • This makes even more water
  • This blanket also makes the ground hot
  • The ground water evaporates and creates droughts
  • People and where people live will experience devastating effects

But there are things we as citizens can do:

  1. Companies can become safer. Check out these surprising green companies Companies Gone Green
  2. We can buy electric cars. There are many car companies working on safe and affordable cars that run on electricity Electric Cars
  3. We can buy things that don’t have to travel far to get to us. Fruits and vegetables that are local and seasonal are better for your body and don’t require airplane travel to get to us
  4. We can recycle and turn off lights and travel less. Did you know that one seat on an airplane flying across the country uses the same amount of fuel that driving for 8 months
  5. We can stop or limit eating meat and dairy. This is true: one cow produces 264 lbs of compressed methane gas per year and there are 1,500,000,000 cows. That is A LOT of greenhouse gas!
  6. We can use solar and wind power. Many countries will soon be only using solar and wind power. Some have already achieved this goal such as Albania, Iceland, Paraguay and Germany 100% Countries
  7. We can vote for people who make healthy laws. Ask questions and find out what your candidate’s policies on climate change are. This is really important in our next presidential election
  8. We can work to make our immune systems strong. Exercise, little meat, plants based and organic foods, good rest and keep stress low
  9. Support socially, climate just companies with your purchases & investments

Stay tuned for more on this …

A Practical Guide for Teaching Communities
in the Age of Climate Change

Scientists have told us for at least 60 years about the climate crisis… they were right!

But… We Do Have a Choice.
What Should we do?
What Can we do?
What MUST we do?

3 Practical Steps

  • Education
  • Safe Guarding
  • Connection & Action

What We Are Doing

  • Solar Power, Generators, Battery Storage & Conservation
  • Water Storage, Rain Harvesting & Water Conservation
  • Emergency Food Supply & Storage
  • On-site Organic Gardening
  • Aquaponic ‘Urban’ Gardening
  • Energy Efficient Cooling & Heating Systems
  • Flood Safety Preparation
  • Plant-Based Diet • Building Healthy Robust Immune Systems
  • Juicing Daily
  • Fire Risk Preparation
  • Air & Water Filtration
  • Zero Waste Model
  • Hybrid or Electric Vehicle Utilization
  • Faculty & Student Emergency Training
  • Disease & Medical Emergency Preparation
  • Involvement with Sustainability Organizations
  • Resource Sharing with Neighbors & Community
  • Involvement with National & International Organizations
  • VOTE in local, State & National Elections
  • We invest and support in socially just, environmentally conscious companies with our dollars and purchases

You can join one or more of the organizations below to get involved.

A farm has been developed on our 60-acre Tucson campus. This includes the use of goats, Alpacas and chickens that control vegetation, doing away with motorized weed eaters and lawn mowers. The animals produce fertilizer and control weeds while abating fire potential. The production of compost is an another essential element the animals provide. Additionally, handling our animals has therapeutic benefits and foster a sense of responsibility for our students.

We plant and harvest organic foods and process them by pickling, canning and creating a heritage seed bank.

Whether planting or harvesting produce, handling animals, or cooking, canning, juicing and pickling, these skills of sustainable food production practices provide viable job opportunities for our students moving forward. Many of our students also learn advanced skills in our Culinary Arts department leading to potential careers in socially responsible organic food practices.