Stories for Earth Week

These are news posts that pertain to the Serve the Earth – Love This Place Coopetition.

Spotlight Champion: Kristin Hoffmann

Spotlight Champion: Wendi Gilbert with Kindness Evolution Collective

We are passing the Compassion Torch to a key leader of Kindness in the world today. Wendi Gilbert is a Champion of Compassion with an incredible active vision unfolding this week called the Kindness Evolution Collective in Half Moon Bay, California. Wendi has been researching the kindness space for the past five years. Based on the wealth of data she’s amassed, in addition to key relationships within a nationwide network, she’s organized, Wendi is positioned to power our nation’s kindness Evolution.  She brings 30+ years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors and has the passion for a big vision, grounded in a practical plan for making a massive positive impact in our nation, and ultimately the world. She was recently chosen to be one of ten speakers for the People’s Stage, where she spoke about our national kindness landscape and the mission of this weeks Kindness Evolution Collective

“My life mission is to “Rally, Connect and Unite People for Good.” It is my honor and privilege to lead and launch our Nation’s KindnessEvolution and fulfill my life mission, as well as assist in amplifying the goodness that already exists and inspiring more of it.”  -Wendi Gilbert

See in this two-minute video Wendi’s amazing inspiration and global vision of this weeks event that our Compassion Games Leadership Team will be attending as part of the Closing Ceremony of April Compassion Games.

What we will be doing at the KindnessCollective:

  • Connecting with other leaders in the kindness community to collaborate, network and share resources.
  • Collaborating with our youth attendees to gain new insights about our future leaders.
  • Acquiring new leadership and problem-solving tools from our outstanding facilitation company and obtain a portfolio of shared ideas.
  • Developing some shared visions for the future; fresh insights and inspiration; meaningful connections.
  • Celebrating the work we do in the world!

The Inaugural CampKindness Day in July 2018 is another incredible event and gift to the world of kindness possibility for youth. The Kindness Evolution is collaborating with American Camp Association. The American Camp Association (ACA)  is a national community of camp professionals that reaches 11 Million Youth. ACA promotes powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living and has over 11,000 members  (YMCA, Boys Club, Girl Scouts) and over 100K college-age counselors.  ACA holds conferences for camp professionals to collaborate for the creation of camp experiences that develop children into independent, happy kids!  

KindnessEvolution is now collaborating with ACA to create CampKindness Day, a day each summer where camps across the nation will focus on activities and programs for the encouragement of intentional kindness and care. Check out what went on in Atlantic City as we began the development of the activities that will launch on CampKindness Day: July 24th, 2018! 

As a way to light up gratitude for Wendi Gilbert and her kindness vision for the world lets share experiences of kindness in action around the world April 14th through April 30th on the Compassion Report Map. 

Stay connected to Wendi Gilbert and KindnessEvolution events below!

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Spotlight Champion: His Holiness The Dalai Lama

What an amazing day it is to celebrate the most influential human being on the planet, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is committed to promoting basic human values, to fostering inter-religious harmony, advocating for the welfare of the Tibetan people and reviving ancient Indian knowledge.

Many people believe he is the reincarnation of Buddha and the Bodhisattva of Compassion. His Holiness The Dalai Lama is a leader of environmental compassion and globally known advocate for peace on earth. He is the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism and retired Political Leader of Tibet in Exile. His Holiness leads with his influence, caring for our Earth and inviting all peoples to take action to stop Global Warming. Acknowledging his advanced years, the Dalai Lama appealed to younger generations to “take a more active role in protecting this planet, including the Tibetan plateau.”

Thousands of prayer flags drape a mountain above the Yambulakhang Palace, Tibet. The five colors of the prayer flags represent the five elements: blue for sky, white for wind, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth. Which is the home of Tibetan People who have been displaced and in exile since the 1950’s.

Temperatures for Tibet’s high-altitude plateau — referred to as the Roof of the World — are rising about three times faster than the global average, and are 1.3C higher than they were 50 years ago. The Himalayas are also called the Third Pole, referring to the fact that they are covered in snow and ice and are particularly susceptible to climate change, like the North and South poles. The government-in-exile also argued that Tibetans should be restored as the “true stewards” of the plateau, which has been under Chinese rule for decades and where Tibetans accuse Beijing of mining indiscriminately while forcing nomadic communities to move elsewhere. Up to 70% of the plateau is covered in permafrost, with large reserves of both carbon dioxide and methane trapped within the ice. Scientists say thawing could release long-stored emissions of both greenhouse gases. Methane can be 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping Earth’s heat.

“This is not a question of one nation or two nations. This is a question of humanity. Our world is our home,” the Dalai Lama said. “There’s no other planet where we may move or shift.”

See and listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s full message from COP 21 in Paris, France about environmental solutions.

We have just gotten back from a private audience with HHDL on April 6th where we had the great honor and privilege to be with a major inspiration and catalyst to why Compassion Games exists. Jon Ramer & Sommer Joy, Compassion Games Founder, and Creative Fundraiser Director were personally asked to be part of a 12 person delegation to invite His Holiness back to Seattle, Washington in 2019. We miraculously fundraised to go to India in a week and were off to India to be with The Dalia Lama. Here are some of the incredible moments with him.

April 6th, 2018 is an unforgettable day for Compassion Games international, sharing the fruits of compassion in action in the world with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Stay in touch with the wisdom and ongoing teaching of compassion for our world with this Champion Of Compassion in all the places below.

The Dalai Lama’s Website

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Spotlight Champion: Norie Huddle with The Best Game On Earth

Compassion Games is thrilled to bring light to an extraordinary global leader of truth and compassion in action. We celebrate and pass the Compassion Torch to Norie Huddle, a profound challenger on the planet who has pioneered for five decades how we can care for our Earth better. Norie has recently contributed the newest Featured Way To Play Compassion Games through  The Best Game On Earth. She recently spoke about her ideas and work for transforming human civilization in a TEDx Talk that will be available on YouTube for the world to see after April 27th. We are so excited to also have her on our Compassion Games Leadership Team.

“Consider that each of us has gifts which we want to contribute and that we can do together what none of us can do alone. That by cooperating, we can multiply the wealth and be more fruitful in our efforts. By cooperating we can be far better stewards of our lovely Earth.” Norie Huddle from The Best Game On Earth

Norie has written seven books on environmental issues and on transforming humanity that have been published and translated into several major languages. Four of her books have been bestsellers (one a NYTimes bestseller). A fifth book, Butterfly, is the “First Special Project in The Best Game On Earth,” and has become a popular global meme that describes humanity’s ongoing transformation process. Her most recent book, Return To The Garden, lays out many of her ideas in the form of a novel and is available on Amazon Kindle

Much of Norie’s work is focused on helping people create a peaceful, healthy global civilization. She has been a professional interviewer and public speaker in several languages for almost five decades. She does coaching and mentoring, workshop design and facilitation, and consulting with governments, cooperations, and NGO’s. 

Norie has an eclectic, international background. She was an American Field Service Exchange Student in Italy for a year, majored in Russian language at Brown University, spent two years in Colombia, South America, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and lived in Japan for four years where she worked with Japanese colleagues to address their environmental crisis where she worked on environmental issues, interviewed hundreds of Japanese experts and citizens for her first book, Island of Dreams: Environmental Crisis in Japan, that analyzed the crisis using a holistic systems methodology she learned in the Peace Corps. 

Returning to the US in 1975, Norie organized Project America 1976, involving a dozen Americans and Japanese who bicycled 5,000 miles in a zigzag route across the US. During the trip, she interviewed Americans about their hopes, fears, and visions for the future and wrote Travels With Hope, a book that became a bestseller in Japan.

Norie was the first person hired by Mobilization for Survival to launch the American antinuclear movement in the US (1977-78). That experience helped her see the limits of “anti” movements and the urgent need for a new kind of “positive, vision-oriented movement.” To facilitate this, in 1979, Norie founded the Center for New National Security (CNNS), to look for new directions in national and global security, broadly defined. In 1980 she launched what is now a 38-year experiment in electronic democracy that she calls “The Best Game on Earth,” which she has introduced on four continents with great success.

Norie’s 1990 book, Butterfly, has given birth to a global meme of transformation now used widely by people like Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and many other spiritual leaders around the world.

Under the aegis of CNNS, Norie spent four years interviewing over 400 people about national security issues and wrote her NY Times bestseller, Surviving: The Best Game on Earth. She also participated in numerous citizen diplomacy trips to the USSR during the 1980s, including two US-USSR Citizen Summit Conferences where she introduced “The Best Game on Earth” in 1988. She played a pivotal role in introducing Xerox machines into the USSR in 1989.

Norie speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese, good Italian and Russian, some German, French and a little Chinese. She has built a powerful network of influential colleagues around the world and serves on the General Assembly of the Union of International Associations (UIA), a prestigious Brussels-based organization with global database of over 67,000 NGOs, some with millions of members, all working to strengthen civil society in every sector. 

Since 2007, Huddle and her husband, Richard Wheeler, have been living part-time in Ecuador, where they are building the Garden of Paradise, an innovative model of rural development on 350 acres, that is the “Second Special Project in The Best Game on Earth.” To date, this includes a healing and retreat center and sustainable organic agriculture and other initiatives. In 2011, Norie and Richard won the world’s first lawsuit defending the Rights of Nature, a breakthrough legal right guaranteed by Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution that legal scholars consider to be on a par with ending slavery as a legitimate institution and giving suffrage to minorities and women.

 

As a way to celebrate all Norie Huddle has done building compassion and leading solutions to transform humanity into a butterfly with Mother Earth, we invite you to join Norie in the 2018 April Compassion Games by participating in this new featured way to play called, The Best Game On Earth

“Today we urgently need to create CONSCIOUSLY a new and inspiring “life game” that recognizes that most human beings are indeed nice when the “life game” is designed to nurture our good qualities, our wholeness, and aliveness, in every way possible.” Norie Huddle

As a new featured way to play in the 2018 April Compassion Games, we invite you to play The Best Game on Earth, which aims to provide a simple but powerful framework for transforming humanity into a compassionate, caring civilization – what Norie calls a “global butterfly civilization” – that lives in harmony with Mother Earth.

Here is a sneak peek into the basics of how to play The Best Game on Earth.

The core of The Game is very simple:

  • the Playing Field is the Earth,
  • we are the Players,
  • we’re playing to reach The Game’s Goal by 2030,
  • following 10 simple rules or guidelines for play.

To get started, read the Goal and imagine how amazing life on Earth will be when we’ve achieved it by 2030.

Take your time and really feel what life will be like when we win The Game by accomplishing this great Goal:

THE GOAL: Peace, health, prosperity, and justice universally on Earth by the Year 2030.

Next, read each of the 10 Rules and imagine living in a world where more and more of us are playing by these rules and where all of us Players are working to build the new social systems that will support our winning The Game by 2030:

10 GAME RULES:

  • Speak the truth.
  • Acknowledge the truth when others speak it.
  • Come from love, respect, and gratitude.
  • Leave the trail better than you found it.
  • Expect miracles.
  • Do what gives you joy and create joy in what you do.
  • Be generous with who you are and what you have.
  • Be a good friend and teammate.
  • Clean up your messes, learn the lessons and move on.
  • If you have an idea for how to improve The Game, share it.

For more details about this new ongoing Featured Way To Play the Compassion Games, check out the landing page of The Best Game On Earth that goes into more details. Share your experiences and reflections until April 30th with teams and individuals around the world on the Compassion Report Map.

“Everyone can play. Together we can win.” —Norie Huddle

Here are ways to stay informed and build a relationship with Norie:

The Garden Of Paradise Website

The Best Game On Earth Website

GAME ON!!

 

 

 

Spotlight Champion: #Decarbonize BlueYouth

Let us rise together and share our deep bows of gratitude for the historical difference Decarbonize Blue Youth, as the world’s largest youth lead synthesis of climate action and recommendation. 11,000 Students were engaged in contributing 25,000 hours to the creation of a global White Paper on Climate Change from September to November 2016. This process was completed with a Writers Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco during the UNFCCC COP22.

Here is the 2018 theme #Decarbonize #Decolonize for Blue Youth around the world with big plans leading up to COP24. You can join thousands of youth from across the planet. See all the places youth are becoming leaders through these Champions of Compassion on the map below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See this group of youth from at Marrakech, Morocco during the UNFCCC COP22 do an amazing job speaking about indigenous water access!! Aboriginal voices need to be heard! These #Decarbonize Youth leaders share incredible wisdom about climate change and Earth Compassion action to take.

See how these incredible champions of compassion made a huge difference in the Compassion Relay with the Global Compassion Torch being in their hands leading up to in November 2016 with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and The Green Sheikh.

You can take action today with Decarbonize Blue Youth by entering in your Climate Change art to be part of United Nations COP24. See all 224 submissions and add yours as well HERE! Share your action as part of April Compassion Games on the Compassion Report Map! Continue to celebrate this amazing group of youth from all over the world by following the latest action below!

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Spotlight Champion: Green World Campaign

The Green World Campaign: Founded and Nurtured by Marc Barasch

The Green World Campaign works to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor, and combat global climate change.  Green World is planting trees to regenerate the soil. he GWC has bold agenda: Catalyze a global movement to reforest our planet, raise the living standards of the rural poor, and combat climate change. Its far-reaching aim—to plant hundreds of millions of trees while lifting millions of people out of poverty—can only be achieved by all of us working together. See Founder of the Green World Campaign and Author of Compassionate Life, Marc Barasch shines a light on solutions for Climate Change from the most recent Parliament of Worlds Religion.

They link environmental activities in the developed world and support green self-sufficiency in developing countries. Green World Campaign invites companies and organizations to affiliate with the GWC, to shrink their carbon footprint while restoring the ecology and economy of the world’s poorest places. They also form alliances with schools, churches, corporations, and other institutions to develop “sister villages” that encourage communication that village’s children.

Help people plant their future–and ours.
Plant Trees Now!
http://greenworld.org/plant-trees

Join this Champion of Compassion in May at this Regenerative Revolution May 1 – May 4th. This May 1-4, in San Francisco’s fabled Mission District, Green World Campaign will join in the first-ever ReGen conference–a gathering to foster a new regenerative culture for the mutual thriving of people and planet. This action-focused event will convene leading-edge players in a growing movement “beyond sustainability.” Hundreds of diverse participants from philanthropy, business, government and citizen activism will come together to establish a network–and a society–that serves all of Life.

We will learn how to create regenerative system change in food and agriculture, innovative finance, urban design, and much more. We’ll discover powerful tools, concepts, and connections to help transform our organizations, our communities, and our world. Other event partners include Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Buckminster Fuller Institute, Dr. Bronner’s, Social Venture Network, Green America, Kiss the Ground, The Carbon Underground, and many others working toward a positive future and a world that works for all.

Celebrate Green World Campaign with us today by taking action to help plant trees HERE and share your participation on the Compassion Report Map playing April Compassion Games with teams around the world together. See all the great places to stay informed about Green World Campaign below!

Green World Campaign Website 

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Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Earth Day Network

 

As the world looks to find a new way to balance, preserve and protect Mother Earth we are grateful to have a partnership with the Earth Day Network and to recognize them as the lead “Champion of Compassion” to kick off 2018 April Compassion Games. We pass the Compassion Torch to Earth Day Network today. We are thrilled to bring attention from hearts around the world to this year’s theme to “End Plastic Pollution.” From poisoning and injuring marine life by disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. The Earth Day Network is an incredible resource and sacred place for solutions to bring into our communities.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and 
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. As of 2018, Earth Day Network has reached 2,688,209,868 Acts of Green. Help them and the precious Earth to reach 3 billion!

Plastic Solutions is one of the main focus campaigns this year. Currently, about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. See what actions you can start today HERE with this year’s Tool Kit!

Let’s take personal responsibility together with plastic along with Earth Day Network through playing April Compassion Games and share participation on the Compassion Report Map April 14th through April 22nd. All reports are due on April 30th.

Check out Professional Athlete and Inspirational Speaker Amy Purdy here as Earth Day Network’s featured Athlete for the Earth in this video below.

See all the ways to engage with Earth Day Network the world’s largest environmental movement below.

Earth Day Network Website

Earth Day Network Facebook Page

Earth Day Network on Twitter

Earth Day Network on Instagram

Earth Day Network on YouTube

 

 

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: 2020orBust

Thank you 2020 or Bust for creating a place where you empower individuals and teams to be informed and take action to really care for the Earth. You have taken the reality of where we are, help others take responsibility and share proof that we can do this together. We pass you all the Global Compassion for the Earth Torch.

“2020 or Bust” is the campaign to generate the awareness, action, and results that will bridge the emissions gap by 2020 to put us on track to ending the climate crisis in time. Join the Campaign. End the climate crisis. “The mission of 2020 or Bust is to align the global community on the next five years as our make-it-or-break-it window of opportunity in which to radically interrupt the current emissions trend and get us on track to end the crisis in time; to generate the thinking, planning and action that will close the gap between where we’ll predictably be in 2020 and where we need to be for us to be on track for a sustainable future.”

For the past three years, the Co-Founder of 2020 or Bust, Laughlin Artz, efforts have been focused on one singular commitment: to end the global climate crisis through citizen engagement and collective action.  As a pioneer in making the climate crisis and the ending of it accessible to ordinary people, Laughlin has distinguished himself as a recognized world leader and radical change agent, putting the power to solve humanity’s most urgent problem in the hands of civil society. See in this video below Laughlin Artz, on 2020 or Bust leadership team, share about 2020 or Bust with people in NYC.


Downloading the 2020 or Bust App is one example of a way to take action today and honor these Champions of Earth Compassion. What is the App?
This is your chance to be a hero! Climate change is the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, and currently, we’re not on track to end the crisis before it’s way too hot. But together, human beings can close the gap between where we are headed and where we need to be to end the crisis in time. And we will be amazing together while doing it!

By playing 2020 or Bust: The Game of the Century, you will literally help reduce global emissions, the key to the world’s winning the game. You’ll also be part of a global community of great people who have committed to ending the climate crisis.

We need to reduce annual global carbon emissions by 8 gigatons by 2020 to end the crisis. With this app, you choose actions that shrink your own carbon footprint and with it, the global footprint.

Committing to these activities plugs you into the global game. You’ll see your progress and our global progress tracked on your dashboard. And coming soon, you will able to get notifications and reminders, track the impact of your actions, and get news and updates. Check out how to download the 2020 Or Bust App here!

See many different forms of actions you can take with 2020 or Bust at this link. 

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/2020orbust/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2020orBust
Website: http://www.2020orbust.org/

Report your Earth Compassion in action on the Global Compassion Report Map for Earth Week until May 7th with 2020 OR Bust Team here: reports.compassiongames.org

 

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Amy Walker

 

We are thrilled to pass the Global Compassion Torch to Amy Walker today! Thank you, Amy, for standing for courageous compassion for others and the Earth in all you do. Compassion Games wants to recognize Ms. Walker and her artistic projects expressed from her brave heart, standing up for Mother Earth with infinite love, and teaching us what compassion really means. Our intent is to celebrate her authentic service to caring for the Earth and the powerfully embodied message she shares. See Champion of Compassion, Amy Walker receive the Compassion Torch and also leading us all in a Water Blessing Ceremony in this video! Please share!

Amy’s multi-disciplinary spirituality is integral to her art and life, connecting her with the earth and all beings as Relatives. Her practices include knowledge from being trained and adopted into Native Nakota medicine ways with the Yankton Sioux in South Dakota; initiated into Kriya Yoga through the line of Gurus at Self-Realization Fellowship; being a third-year Moon Dancer in Teotihuacàn, Mexico; as well as countless workshops, books, and teachings. Watch this video below,  a beautiful example of her love and power,  inviting us to unify together into the compassionate way.

“This came to me in the Nakota language for you and all beings. I share it now with the intention of sending healing love around the world, joining billions of people in prayer on this 12/21/12 solstice. Feel free to share, sing adapt, arrange… Love!” -Amy Walker

Love is Sacred Medicine -a prayer song for mi daku owase, mitakuye oyasin, all my relations.

Lyrics:
Wiwowashte de pejuta wakhan
Wiwowashte Ina Makha sitomniya
Mi daku owase, unshi ma nayo
Wiwowashte, chante owase ota

Translation:
Love is sacred medicine
Love around Mother Earth
All my relations, it’s the way it is, the way it should be, the way I want it to be,
Love, a nation of many nations of hearts

Amy Walker is an actress, singer, inspirational speaker, and multi-disciplinary artist, as a way of expressing #CourageousCompassion. Her passion is performing in productions that entertain and inspire positive change. She has been featured on TEDx, the TODAY Show, NPR, Inside Edition, and her online videos have garnered over 40 million views on YouTube and beyond, from the viral “21 Accents”, to memorable characters, songs, and inspirational insights. In 2015, she toured internationally with her one-woman show, Amy Walker: Inside Out ~ Celebrating the Unity in our Diversity.

Join Compassion Games International leadership Team pass the Global Compassion Torch to Amy Walker LIVE today Sunday at 9:00 AM –  9:00 AM PST.  She will also lead us in a Sacred Water Blessing Ceremony Song. Learn more and join us at this link.

As a way to appreciate Amy Walker, you can join her participating in Earth Week and report as a member of “The Vibers”, by sharing your compassion for Earth in action on the Global Compassion Report Map through May 7th. For example, you can reflect on Amy’s Water Water Blessing Ceremony today and share with others. Game on Vibers!

You can sign up for Water is Life! Protect The Sacred Earth Week today!

Let us light up the world with compassion for the Earth today and celebrate Amy Walker by sharing this article and joining us today as we honor her as a Champion of Compassion. 

Earth Day Wisdom for all players & teams playing Earth Week below!

See the many ways below to stay connected to this Champion of Compassion, Amy Walker:

See Amy’s courageous compassion sketches on her inspiring YouTube Channel.

Watch Amy Walker’s Ted Talk about Expanding Your Identity to Embody Your Potential.

Amy Walker’s Facebook Fan Page

Follow her on Twitter

Amy Walker’s Website

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: People’s Climate March

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. 

Now that Earth Day 2017 is history, the week of action, led by the Peoples Climate March; is happening on the 29th and as outlined a week of activities are happening all over the world. Anyone can engage with and shed light on the challenges and opportunities to protect and restore mother earth. https://peoplesclimate.org/week-of-action/

Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our moves.

Sister Marches are taking place all over the world.  Follow this link to discover where you can join in.