The Eco-Life Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   1 review

Issues: Environment

Location: P.O. Box 462845 Escondido CA 92046 USA

Mission: ECOLIFE FOUNDATION was founded to help human communities in crisis sustainably meet water, food and shelter needs: by providing necessary access to survival essentials, and by teaching understandable connections to natural systems supplying essential resources.

Field scientists and conservation biologists with have noted a consistent pattern over the past thirty years. Efforts to save endangered species, habitats and resources fail unless local human needs are met sustainably. Humanitarian aid provides temporary relief, but does not solve underlying problems. People in crisis remain dependent upon charity. And often conservation and humanitarian groups work against each other, with little or no understanding how their efforts impact others.

We intend to break that pattern.

We define solutions using science, setting verifiable goals. Combining efforts through strategic partnerships with businesses and aid organizations, we multiply the leverage applied toward solving issues.

Through outreach and education we help communities restore sustainable balance with local natural resources, increasing quality of life for people depending on those ecosystems.

Communities gain measurable health benefits, greater economic stability and higher standards of living, with reduced resource impact. Over time, quality of life improvements lead to improved education levels for women and children, voluntarily reduced birth rates, and more effective environmental stewardship.

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Bill Toone, the founder and heart of Ecolife, is passionate about what he has started, which might best be described as an unusual blend of environmental and humanitarian causes. Ecolife seeks to help preserve natural resources while improving the lives of those who depend on those resources. In addition to seeking direct donations, Ecolife raises funds and awareness by organizing trips to the locations on which they focus. In Michoacan, Mexico, the dual focus is preserving the overwintering habitat of the eastern Monarch butterflies while providing safer, more fuel efficient stoves for the local people who use wood from the trees on which the butterflies cluster for warmth. The health of the families who have the stoves is greatly benefitted and fewer trees are cut down for fuel. We have traveled twice with Ecolife to Mexico. Watching millions of butterflies virtually explode from the trees is mind blowing. After our first wonderful trip, we returned the next year with 5 friends, who were similarly blown away by the experience. We visited the homes of families who had the stoves and saw the appreciation of these families for the many improvements in their lives that the stoves had bestowed - better respiratory health, fewer children being burning, less time spent searching for wood. When we pulled up to these homes in our bus, neighbor women hurried over to tell us how they hoped to have their own stoves soon. Bill Toone and Ecolife played a key role in establishing a pact between the California EPA and its counterpart in Mexico to start a program that would plant a million trees in Michoacan as carbon credits for California businesses. The friends that we introduced to Ecolife have pledged to return to help plant trees. Bill's and his staff's energy and enthusiasm are infectious. They have found a way to combine their efforts in a way that benefits the environment, the local people and all of us who have been touched by their generosity and passion.

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