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ABOUT US

We are a nonprofit organization in Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries in South America and the world.

We believe that there is a powerful way to fix the environmental mess we have created, but it relies on us regular humans acting like a beautifully synchronized ensemble of drummers. 

Humans for Abundance was founded with the purpose of bringing people together from around the world to participate in the biggest clean-up family party that ever existed.  A family party? That’s right. After all, this is what Latin Americans do best, right? 

We do this all the time in Latin America. We call them “mingas” and they come from the Indigenous tradition of working in solidarity amongst friends and neighbors for the collective wellbeing of all

We believe that if we leave the "gloom and doom" story aside and see ourselves as one big human family, everybody could chip in with their available resources to lend a hand

If we act as a family, we could quickly restore and protect our carbon-sinking ecosystems, rescue our soils, clean up water pollution and achieve everything else we can think of related to a healthy environment. 

And why not bask in the wonderful feelings of comradery, contribution, and collective enjoyment while we are at it, as if we were all drumming to the same song? 

Guilt and fear are clearly not getting the job done. Let’s try joy and hope for once.

Many people tell us that changing collective human behavior quickly and at a large scale is not possible, but like most crazy projects, we have a healthy disregard for the impossible. 

OUR MISSION

To restore and conserve the planet's ecosystems and biodiversity by empowering humans who can take real, concrete actions that have large-scale positive environmental and social impact.

THE TEAM

OUR TEAM

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CHOCHI ITURRALDE

Executive Director

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DANIEL BRYAN

Director of Community Education

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OMAR TELLO

Forest Restoration Expert

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PAULA ITURRALDE

Head Scientist and Restoration Manager

H4A is a program run by FUNDACION PACHAYSANA, a nonprofit organization in Ecuador. We partner with local restorers in marginalized communities on the frontlines of our world's most sensitive ecosystems and with international co-restorers from all over the world who know that each person must do their part to clean up the mess we have created.

 

Our approach uses current technology to create a network for collaboration between humans from all over the world. We chose this model because it is a powerful way to use existing practices in economic exchange as a force for good. The systems that governments and corporations created in the name of economic growth can be used by organizations like ours to grow rapidly and redistribute economic resources in a different, more equitable way. 

Our approach:

1. supports underrepresented people from the global south by giving recognition to their identities and ways of life and supporting them in reawakening ancestral ways of living within their ecosystems.

We amplify their voices, act as translators, and facilitate their connection with people from other parts of the world. We act as the bridge for them to exchange resources, knowledge, and services while maintaining their native or local language and customs.

We move power from the center to the margins instead of forcing the underrepresented to acculturate to foreign models. 

2. provide a concrete and impactful way for people from the global north to fight climate change and biodiversity loss by bridging (and connecting) them with the millions of hands that live in key ecosystems. 

We live in a world whose systems have pushed city-dwellers into a position where it is almost impossible to care for nature. Our consumption habits have taken hold of everything we do, from the way we eat, to the way we socialize, from the way we educate our kids in schools to the way we build our buildings and houses.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (2022), over 3/4 of the population in the highest polluting countries consider climate change to be an important problem. We provide these people a practical way to restore vital ecosystems without having to leave their jobs, move to a different country, buy land, or learn new skills. More importantly, they do not need to do the intense work required to restore a forest, river, or wetland back into life. They just need to partner with one of our restorers who will do that important work for and with them.  

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