Welcome to Ecology Crossroads
Founded April 12, 1994 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a non-profit public charity and non-governmental organization with the purpose of creating, developing and promoting ecologically and socially sustainable alternatives, solutions and values through conservation awareness events, demonstrations, education, expositions, cultural exchange, knowledge sharing, scientific research, and volunteerism. Our organization's foundership was responsible for many of the first "environmental awareness expositions" starting as early as 1988 and urban forestry programs planting over 10,000,000 trees across the United States from 1994 forward. Our big break came in 1995 with a Free Tree Program in Washington DC, ignited by newspaper articles about our activities, many more pop-ups emerged from the motivational inspiration created by our events which were copied and duplicated nationwide in shopping malls across the country.
Non-Profit Leaders, Environmental Advocates, Ecosystem Experts and Sustainable Development Pioneers Serving as International Goodwill Ambassadors
Once again, Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a public charity established for purposes qualified under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. The organization founded and established in the United States in 1994 by David J. Wright of Kentucky and several friends to illustrate the idea that we are living at an ecological crossroads where people need to make a choice which road they will take, in the early years we promoted awareness through urban re/forestation programs.
Since the organization began it has been involved in a broad-spectrum of sustainable development activities and events, although we started by planting trees, today we are engaged in fighting climate change, protecting biodiversity, providing Indigenous philanthropy, protecting natural heritage, recovering ecosystems and promoting agroforestry as well as engaging cross-culturally with autonomous Indigenous peoples in goodwill diplomacy missions to protect their legacies from the scourges of mining, deforestation, displacement and depopulation of forest residents. SInce 1994 and more recently with Globcal International, Ecology Crossroads programs have made a significant global impact, protecting forests, sequestering carbon, creating essential ecosystem services, defending indigenous territory and in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Coming Together at the Crossroads
Strangely enough after more than 30 years of professionally developed activities, events, tree giveaways, marches, envirocons and public awareness expositions designed to inform people about the importance of what has become known today as "ecological sustainability" or any one of the new terms involving climate change, the environment and ecosystem restoration — the world arrived at its ecological crossroads in November, 2021 when the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Programme fighting climate change at COP 26, Greta Thunberg told corporations and government that they have failed to address the relevant issues calling for global action empowering non-governmental organizations and all those who actually are taking action, thank you!
So here we are at the Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation doing the needed work, addressing the issues, committed and well-organized pioneering new programs with the help of Globcal International while accepting donations for underfunded and developed projects during the COVID Pandemic, slowed but finally getting a Platinum Seal in December 2021; in an ocean of other organizations, ideas, solutions, charities, causes and new problems that can be identified which have a significant affect on the state of the environment, including our own trying to make an impression with our own successes while humbly helping others realize the same as our board members. As a public charity which is also a private non-profit corporation in a world of other corporations and non-governmental organizations we want our donors to understand that it is the results that matter so we learned to measure our own results; we are sensitive to the needs of our supporters; as much as it is with corporations selling their product, charities like Ecology Crossroads focus on serving their donors.
History of Ecology Crossroads
Between the years 1994 and 2000 the organization distributed 10 million trees in the United States, free of charge to homeowners to promote urban forestry and to reduce global warming in a number of seasonal tree-planting programs oriented towards environmental stabilization and urban reforestation. Most of the programs were held in conjunction with or inspired by Earth Day, Arbor Day, Biodiversity Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day and World Environment Day; the programs connected the activity of planting trees a community affair.
In 2001, Ecology Crossroads was temporarily closed after ceasing business with the distribution of free trees in a legal settlement with the National Arbor Day Foundation (which did not like us competing with them); the founder, Col. David J. Wright, Esq. as a Kentucky Colonel continued to work as a business, environmental and international aid consultant, founding a goodwill ambassador development program from Caracas in 2003. After moving to Caracas he dropped the 'Esquire' title using Colonel and Goodwill Ambassador before establishing a foundation in the Northern Amazon.
During its 25th anniversary in 2019, Ecology Crossroads began restating its Articles of Organization under a more integral reformation process, named new officers and appointed new Board of Trustees for 2020-2024 through a subsidiary organization, Globcal International, which was created in 2009 to operate in the international theater as an unincorporated non-state decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and a cooperative international non-governmental organization (CiNGO). Globcal International was based online in the social media was formed under the combined ideals and authority of Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation and the Pan-American Foundation despite being defunct in Kentucky at the time.
On January 21st, 2020. the Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Inc. was officially reinstated with the Secretary of State Michael G. Adams at the State Capitol by Nicholas Wright. Subsequently on January 30th, the organization adopted the Assumed Name Corporation 'Globcal International' to treat it as independent, but affiliated, sub-organization and commission of Ecology Crossroads. To complete the reformation Globcal International became a legal subsidiary of Ecology Crossroads, by the end of 2020 all functional elements of Ecology Crossroads were reinstated with governmental agencies and tax-exempt status was also restored in November.
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In 2021, Globcal International members petitioned Ecology Crossroads to break-up and reform the Goodwill Ambassador Foundation combining it with several other initiatives and programs of other ambassadors resulting in the Goodwill Ambassador Commission and Honorificus which will be presented in 2022.
Non-Political Official Purpose
In 2021, Ecology Crossroads was intersected by the White House Plan to Conserve Global Forests bringing Col. David Wright full-circle with the ideas he began with in 1990 in Delaware when he met with then Senator Biden, who endorsed, sponsored, supported and helped inspire his efforts to start Ecology Crossroads several years later.
President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (signed January 27, 2021) called for the development of a plan to promote the conservation of the Amazon rainforest and other critical ecosystems that serve as global carbon sinks, but that deforestation and climate change are converting to carbon emitters. This Plan is aligned with and amplifies existing U.S. government commitments to end natural forest loss and increase the restoration of forestlands, including those related to U.S. support for the U.S. implementation of the Paris Agreement, relevant outcomes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the New York Declaration on Forests.
Currently three of Ecology Crossroads' programs are supported by the White House's Global Forest Plan objectives. We are working on a fourth program which links the three together with a carbon sink reserve program that is aimed at providing agroforestry crops and biodiversity tourism at the source of chocolate.
Header Image: Based on the original research performed by Globcal International (Theobroma Labs), Ecology Crossroads became convinced in 2022 that we discovered the ancient evolutionary source of the wild Theobroma cacao genome on the Guiana Shield within the territory of the Piaroa people in South America. Historical research concluded that Theobroma cacao was found among the Piaroa, Yekuana and Yanomami tribes who were engaged in the cacao trade (collecting cacao) as early as 1651 with/for Spanish explorers and missionaries.