Amma’s vision of the preservation of nature is based upon the tenets of ancient Indian culture in which it is considered a divine duty. Caring for Mother Earth contributes to the wellbeing of all and is an integral part of life. The Ashram’s environmental initiatives innovate solutions towards this larger view, while at the same time are defined by simple, practical steps. They start at individual and community levels, yet can easily be adopted on larger scales.
Several of the projects and events have been formally recognized by UNESCO and the Government of India. The activities include construction of toilets, river cleaning, tree-planting drives, innovative waste-management solutions, environmental-awareness campaigns, assistance in organic farming, sustainable community initiatives like permaculture, and providing solar/hydroelectric power solutions.
Amma’s international activities are carried out by GreenFriends, a network of community-based organizations committed to protecting and healing the Earth. This includes the way to use the planet’s remaining resources and how to interact with the natural world. It is about what each person can do to help find a way to break the vicious cycle of environmental degradation and start a new age of living in harmony with all creatures, plants, and natural resources.