Learn More About the Compassion Tree Project (CTP)

The goal of the Compassion Tree Project (CTP) is to help return the Earth to her vibrancy by regreening the world locally, regionally, nationally – and far beyond our borders wherever we live. Imagine a tree, or grove of trees in every yard, on every school and university campus, on the property of every faith and peace institution. Imagine a Compassion Tree planted in parks, green spaces and public areas in every community - each tree representing the commitment and responsibility of ensuring a healthy planet for future generations.

Why Do We Need to Plant Trees?

Abundant fresh air, healthy soil, the elimination of common extreme weather patterns, healthier water, decreased CO2 levels and the increased release of oxygen are all byproducts of planting billions of trees around the world, especially in devastated lands. Abundance is the earth’s natural condition. Humans have overused and polluted the Earth but we can help return her to her vibrancy by regreening the world. Combining support for already-existing regreening efforts with related efforts - such as protecting existing trees and forests from excessive logging, supporting sustainable paper alternatives (like coconut and hemp), and promoting education about ecosystems and laws designed to protect them - we can make a true difference in the world.

Why Are We in a Position to Do This?

The Compassion Tree Project (CTP) starts at a local level as a symbolic representation of the commitment and responsibility to regreen the world. It then expands beyond its own location and moves to support already-existing regreening efforts around the world. The Compassion Tree Project joins us all together in a single global effort, connecting us all in our common humanity. It mobilizes us to take action to do something about devastated lands and the climate crisis. We will be planting more than bio-diversity (by ensuring the planting of only indigenous trees/plants) - we will also be planting compassion, peacemaking, and economic freedom; thereby restoring our planet’s ecological balance.



Imagine a tree planted to represent each person in the world. With your help, the Charter for Compassion is embarking on an audacious ten-year project to plant 7.7 billion indigenous trees throughout the world. Trees may be planted locally or you can help others in the global community to scale their own planting. We aren't doing this by ourselves but have partnered with the Green World Campaign. Read on to learn more and how you can become involved in a multi-year venture to help heal our suffering planet.


How Will We Do This?

  1. Commit to your responsibility for regreening the world. Become the Heartwood (another word for trunk, a tree’s main support) of this project by being one of the first individuals/communities/organizations to participate in the Compassion Tree Project. Envision your city/school/place of worship/business/ organization as a leader in this regreening effort. It means that you purchase an indigenous tree (or several) from a local source (i.e., greenhouse, nursery, other local sources) and plant them.
  2. Get others in your community enthused about the project. Reach out to other individuals and organizations and get them to participate in the CTP. These reach-outs will produce the Leaves/Flowers/Fruits of the Compassion Tree Project and save us all from the 6th Great Extinction. Spread the word.  Talk up your local efforts.  Write an editorial about CTP.  Speak to local civic and community leaders.  Get everyone talking about CTP.
  3. Plan and sponsor a ceremony to honor the planting of a Compassion Tree or Grove. Involve your Community.  Sing a song! The award-winning composer, Alan Menken donated the rights to the song, "Tree by Tree by Tree" which he wrote to support the planting of trees (along with peace and understanding -which is what compassion is all about). A copy of the sheet music is available so your choir can sing it while honoring the planting of your compassion trees.  The CTP is also offering certificates of tree planting.  Commemorate your Compassion Tree with a plaque. We’ve designed a plaque - complete with logos and wording - to be produced at your local sign/trophy shop. Click on the “I Want to Plant Compassion” button below to find out more about these “gifts” offered with your donation. 
  4. Donate to the Compassion Tree Project to ensure that we have the funding to sow seeds and plant seedlings in partnership with already existing regreening efforts around the world. Trees may be planted for special occasions, in memory of, in honor of, etc. Certificates will be available in pdf format (print them yourself).  Click on the donate button below to find out more.
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