Stories for Earth Week

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

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. 


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


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.

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

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.

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.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: #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.

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 this incredible champions of compassion youth group made a huge difference in the Compassion Relay with the Global Compassion Torch being in thier hands leading up to Compassion Games The Giving Games Youth & Schools Play It Forward in November 2016 with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and The Green Sheikh.

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”.

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.


March for Science

This year the Earth Day Network is supporting the March for Science – a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.

Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

On April 22, 2017, Earth Day, we walk out of the lab and into the streets.  We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march.

See behind the scenes of the March for Science in this video below!

You can watch the March for Science LIVE at this link on Earth Day Network YouTube Channel.

Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels – from local schools to federal agencies – throughout the world.
CGI Global Calendar March for Science Event

March for Science website
Check out over 360 marches around the world planned that day.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Earth Gratitude

Earth Gratitude is a partner of Unify who introduced us.  They are focusing this Earth Week on “Earth Gratitude: Clean Living” and have published a beautiful Moni e-book with contributions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to Elon Musk, from Tesla Motors, Arian Huffington, and many other remarkable voices. 

The e-book is free and you don’t even have to give your email.   Download the e-book here  as they say in the introduction: “We are in deep gratitude to everyone who views this book, pushes pause on the daily routine and status quo, and makes a bold, brave, and sustainable choices for their everyday lives.”

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: 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. Here they play in the Compassion Games.

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Pachamama Alliance

Thank you, Pachamama Alliance for being such a beacon of light, inspiring people around the world into Earth Caring action! We take this 4th day of Earth Week to pass the Global Compassion Torch to all who are part of the Pachamama Alliance Team making a positive difference a reality every day. Here is the Co-Founder of Pachamama Alliance, Bill Twist with the Global Compassion Torch sharing his light and gratitude.

We had the incredible opportunity to work with Pachamama Alliance in February bringing light and compassion to The 7th Generation Runners from Standing Rock in the heart of San Francisco as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week (see a video about the inspiring results of this event). Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. Learn more about the story of why Pachamama Alliance is alive and thriving in the world in this video.

Here are some of the incredible impacts the Pachamama Alliance is igniting globally. Pachamama Alliance works in partnership with Indigenous People to attain permanent protection of the tropical rainforests of the headwaters region of the Amazon basin in Ecuador and northern Peru. Containing some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, this is an area of immense ecological importance to the world.

There are 61 Pachamama Alliance Communities—local hubs where people work together to bring about a new future for life on Earth—in 21 countries, including the U.S., Mexico, China, Japan, Romania, and New Zealand. In 2016, Community Days were brought to 7 Pachamama Alliance groups, including Lima, Peru; Rochester, New York; and Beijing, China; equipping and empowering them in their vision to build a new society.

The Awakening the Dreamer program—Pachamama Alliance’s flagship educational program offered both in person and online—now has over 5000 trained Facilitators across the globe, offering the in-person Symposium in at least 16 languages and in more than 80 countries.

The Game Changer Intensive—an online course that picks up where Awakening the Dreamer leaves off and catalyzes the inner work of transformation, inspires and equips people to enter in effective collective action— and has now been taken by more than 4000 participants.

We invite you today to Protect The Sacred Pachamama and join the celebration by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter, or on the Compassion Report Map with what you appreciate about Pachamama Alliance. Take action and get involved with Pachamama Alliance today! Here is where to start:

Have you signed up to play Earth Week yet? You can report your Earth Compassion in action on the Global Compassion Report Map until May 7th! Join the world’s largest compassion competition where everyone wins!

From Compassion Games leadership team hearts, we thank you for all that epic positive change you bring the world! We pass the Champion of Compassion Torch to you all!

Earth Week Champion Spotlight: Unify

Unify is one of Compassion Games most celebrated partners in the regeneration of self and society at this time. For Day 5 of the Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week, we are deeply dedicated to highlighting the remarkable work and accomplishments of Unify by passing them the Compassion Torch!

See Co-Founder of Unify with the Global Champion of Compassion Torch in this video below!

Unify hosts Globally Synchronized Events on Earth’s Solstices and Equinoxes with a focus on celebrating our shared humanity around the world. At these times, they invite all people to “meditate, host local ceremonies, pray and align with Source in their own way.” They write:

It is our conviction that we are One Human Family, transcendent of race, religion, or nation. By unifying at these times we create a living demonstration of our underlying unity and an Emerging Planetary Culture which embraces the interdependence and well-being of all.

Standing Rock has been a central inspiration for this year’s Earth Week Coopetition. Unify has been supporting the 7th Generation of Indigenous youth at Standing Rock, and uplifts the vision of MNI WICONI – Water is Life to millions around the globe. Watch a video they put together for Standing Rock below:

Unify also hosts a World Water Day in March. Their video on Water Day, featuring Indigenous leader Ta’Kaiya Blaney, is truly inspiring.

Unify helped host an Earth Gratitude series in honor of Earth Day. Learn more about Earth Gratitude and the free Mini-eBook they offered, downloadable here.

Unify continues to inspire us and countless millions around Mother Earth to lean into the vision of the world we know in our spirits is possible. Thank you, Unify.

Be sure to follow Unify on social Media!


The Summary and Highlights of Earth Week 2016

Earth is our home, and something incredible happens when we humans fall in love with the Great Story

CG-earth007-fish0416of Life. In knowing we belong here, we become calmer in the face of adversity. Our words and thoughts become kinder, our hearts become full and generous, and we naturally rise to the challenges to protect and
restore what is dear to us.

In this Summary and Highlights of Earth Week 2016, you will peer into the events and experiences of thousands of players and over a hundred teams from around the world who felt the calling of Mother Earth and were moved into action that can inspire us all.

If you’d like to view the Full Report, click here!

 From India to Sudan, Guatemala to the Philippines, the US to Vietnam, and Canada to Australia, people brought unbelievably creative and heartfelt acts of compassion to life for the Earth and all living beings at this remarkable time.

Here is a glimpse into the results in numbers, with over 20,000 people served in 8 countries around the world.

Earth Week Final Results 2016

For every result quantified and reported, there are stories of real experiences that uplift and inspire. You can see highlighted reports on the Facebook album from the Report Map here and the complete Compassion Report Map here.

The meaningful stories from this year’s Earth Week reveal perspectives we might not otherwise experience because the Games were played by such a diverse group of participants from nearly every continent on Earth.

From children in the slums of New Delhi seeing trees for the first time and learning about ecosystems, Indigenous peoples convening in New York’s Times Square to sign the International Treaty to Protect and Restore Mother Earth, and cities rising up to challenge one another across the United States, Earth Week was the embodiment of unity in diversity and unprecedented, unified action.

The following stories highlight just a handful of significant events and reports from exceptional teams and partners to showcase what took place during Earth Week.

Story #1: The International Treaty to Protect and  Restore Mother Earth

Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) uses Indigenous principles to heal communities around the world through the Fourth Way. Chairman of FWII, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. – who is also the Chairman of Compassion Games International –  is a world-renowned luminary that leads a life-long mission to unify the human family.

For Earth Day, Brother Phil and many other Indigenous leaders arrived in New York by canoe as a sign of solidarity and respect for Mother Earth before announcing the International Treaty to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

The #GlobalCanoe Arrives in Times Square

Phil Report

Description Summary: “Indigenous leaders from around the world came to New York City to convene and sign the International Treaty to Protect and Restore Mother Earth as part of Earth Day and Love thisScreen Shot 2016-05-11 at 3.00.56 PM Place! Serve the Earth Week. They arrived in the #GlobalCanoe out of love and commitment to Mother Earth.  On average two Indigenous defenders are killed each week in defense of Mother Earth.  This team was led by Compassion Games International Chairperson Chief Phil Lane Jr.”

Report Reflection: “The message and experience of this deep spiritual foundation being brought to
Times Square in NYC, the place where all crossroads of commerce meet, offered a tremendous contrast between where we’ve been, where we are and where we need to go.”

Story #2: Play for Peace Bringing Compassion to Communities in Conflict

With over 30 registered teams for Earth Week coming from India, Vietnam, the Philippines, the United Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 11.54.08 AMStates, Guatemala, and South Sudan, Play for Peace is a celebrated partner and dynamic force for global peace and compassion.

Globally, Play for Peace has over 2,000+ clubs on every continent in the world, and their involvement in the Compassion Games continues to expand.

Play for Peace states: “Children, youth and adults, even in communities in conflict, are deciding to choose compassion and practice peace, and they are learning to do this through the joy of play… Play creates a gateway to moments when differences dissolve, fear melts away, and we see what connects us rather than what divides us.”

Play for Peace is the true embodiment of compassionate play in action. Here are just a few of the incredible stories they reported from the 30 teams they had registered for Earth Week.

Peace Clubs in New Delhi, India

New Delhi

Youth from impoverished areas of New Delhi came together to connect with nature for the first time in their lives. The report explains:

“These youth come from slum areas where if you open a window or door you cannot even see any tree or feel or see any greenery. So practical daily struggle of survival & life have made their connection with nature to zero.”

They learned about ecosystems and climate change, and realized that they themselves were not the main contributors to the climate change. Even so, they realized there were things they could do to help, like reducing their use of plastic and cleaning up parks.

“It was shared that in the communities they come from no one has 2 or 4-wheeler, no one has motorbike,Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 3.06.05 PMthey do not use AC, they don’t have refrigerator, they are not the contributor to this problem. At the same time we agreed we use lots of plastic & that we can plan to reduce.”

Upon reflection, they said:

“Each youth who had no connection with nature in daily life started experiencing connection and need of
this connection. They were inspired to contribute something in their limited capacity and in their surroundings. Each one became aware of hazards of using plastic and that they can make a difference.”

Peace Club in South Sudan, Africa

Sudan Report

In South Sudan, communities affected by crisis came together to heal through the power of compassionate play. From the report:

“South Sudan has been undergoing through violent acts especially during the 2013 December crisis that resulted to loss of lives, destruction of properties including homes and service facilities, thousands were displaced, many were traumatized, as hatred enlarged from community to community. In order to to bringScreen Shot 2016-05-11 at 3.08.46 PM peace and heal those traumatized, Hold the Child is working on Child Protection programs in such communities, in one way or the other a high % children were affected during the crisis.”Upon reflection, the reporter wrote:

Since I went through a training of Play for Peace, I can bare witness that I have gone through a milestone of changes, through regular engagement of children and various communities. I have also changed my perception towards those who are our enemies, for example the cores principles of Play for Peace like cooperation, having FUN, safety, inclusion. I feel encouraged everyday when I see smiles on the faces of others. My great moments are when I take time with children and when I see them going back home singing or practicing on the Compassion Games.”

Story #3: Compassionate Communities

Austin, Louisville, and Silicon Valley

There are currently over 350 declared compassionate cities and communities around the world. At their best, compassionate cities challenge and inspire one another to reach new and unprecedented levels of civic engagement that leads to making their communities kinder, safer, more just and better places to live.The Compassion Games serve as a fun, creative catalyst toward this vital goal. In this year’s Serve the Earth Week Coopetition, three outstanding Compassionate Communities – Austin, Louisville, and Silicon Valley – have shown again why they are an exemplary force for igniting acts of service and compassion for other cities to build upon in their own way.

Team Compassionate Austin

Compassionate Austin and the members of its communities are true champions of compassion. View some of the highlights that took place in Austin for this year’s Serve the Earth Week.

Austin Becomes a Compassionate City

On April 14th 2016, the Mayor and City Council members of Austin, Texas’ state capital, voted to join with Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 3.10.12 PMother Texas cities San Antonio, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in becoming a “self designated” compassionate city: Compassionate Austin. Austin joins over 350 cities around the world that have embarked on similar campaigns.

The Austin City Council Resolution recognizes that “we are all compassionate Austin” and encourages everyone in Austin – city departments, area school districts, community and faith groups, and all Austinites – to participate in the Compassion Games as a way to show 3D compassion (caring for others, self, and the Earth) and strengthen compassion strength of their city.

Lesa Walker, a civic leader in Austin who led this initiative, stated:

“We now plot our course with compassion and envision ourselves as a Compassionate City.  However, we still face very serious unmet needs in our community.  We need to earn our designation as a Compassionate City through our daily compassionate action! We all own these issues and need to work together to address them.”

The City Council affirmed the Resolution just in time for the kick off of the Serve the Earth Week Compassion Games. What follows are a few of the highlights that emerged out of Compassionate Austin during Earth Week.

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Team Compassionate Santa Cruz Mountains (Silicon Valley)

Nestled near the Santa Cruz Mountains lies Silicon Valley, the home of some of the world’s largest and most innovative tech companies such as Google, Apple, and Facebook.

It may be surprising to learn that compassion can thrive in such high tech environments, but Silicon Valley closely collaborates with Stanford’s CCARE, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. The synergy of this collaboration and the resiliency of its communities is nothing short of amazing.

Emerging out of the Santa Cruz Mountains was the Community Resilience Challenge, a featured Way to Play in the Games lead by Leslie Meehan, a civic leader, Compassion Games Ambassador, and community member of the area.

In the upcoming Global Unity Games it is likely that the civic and corporate leaders of this dynamic area will play a large role in igniting compassionate action around the world.

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Team Compassionate Louisville

Each year, Louisville, Kentucky hosts its annual Give-A-Day: Mayor’s Day of Service celebration. During Earth Week, members of Louisville are encouraged to give one day of service to give back to their community.

Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer ran and won on a platform of lifelong learning, health, and compassion. After receiving an award from the City of Seattle for affirming itself as a Compassionate City, he boldly and playfully declared that “Louisville is the most compassionate city, and will be so until proven otherwise.”

Mayor Greg Fischer has been a champion and collaborator of the Compassion Games since 2012, and began Give-A-Day to bring the vision of a compassionate city to life. In regard to Give-A-Day, he says:

“Whether you give an hour, a day, donate blood, give food, clothing or simply help a neighbor, everyone can do something! [T]hanks for helping make Louisville the most caring and compassionate city in the world!

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In total, Compassionate Louisville accomplished the following with the help of over 175,000 volunteers and 175,000 acts of service:

50,000 – Personal hygiene items donated through We Day Kentucky.

44,064 – Meals packaged by volunteers for Kids Against Hunger.

14,568 – Brightside volunteers who helped clean up Louisville.

11,000 – Calls and social media hits to the WHAS 11 Give A Day Telethon.

400 – Smoke detectors installed by volunteers with the American Red Cross Louisville chapter.

152 – Boxes of medical supplies sorted by volunteers for Supplies Over Seas, which sends the supplies and equipment to areas in need worldwide.

100 – Bicycles donated and refurbished through the Pedal Power Project for donation to Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ clients.

100 – Beds constructed and donated to JCPS students through the Build A Bed program.

10 – Houses renovated and new homes built for needy families by Habitat for Humanity’s Love Your Neighborhood program.

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