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Compassionate actions towards Mother Earth.

Global Champions of Compassion Kickoff a “Compassion Relay”

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Honors Youth, Indigenous, Interfaith Leadership on Climate Action

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Opening Ceremony COP22 Climate Change Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco

November 7, 2016 – A “Global Compassion Relay” with “Champions of Compassion” was lit and now a virtual “Compassion Torch” will be passed highlighting the many ways that unprecedented, unified compassionate action unites and gives life to our communities and planet. The Global Compassion Relay and the Global Compassion Torch will bring light to the individuals, groups, and organizations from around the world focused on Indigenous Environmental Leadership, Youth Climate Action and Interfaith Cooperation.

The Compassion Relay was kicked off on the opening day of the (Convention of Parties) COP 22 UN Climate Change Conference on November 7th in Marrakech, Morocco.  Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Hinhan Wicasa and Deloria Tiospayes, Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, Chairperson of Compassion Games International was in Morocco to light the Global Compassion Torch with H.H. Dr. Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi also known as the “Green Sheikh”.  The Green Sheikh launched the Blue Youth Project in July of 2016. The Blue Youth Project partnered with the Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal for an event taking place in COY 12 (Conference of Youth) that has engaged over 10,000 youth from every continent on Mother Earth, in the world’s largest consultation of youth around water and climate change action.

Chief Phil will then carry the Global Compassion Torch to the National Conference of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), where he serves as a member of the AISES Council of Elders. Then he will bring the Global Compassion Torch to the Closing Ceremonies of the 7th Peace and Dignity Journey taking place at the Ciudad Del Saber in Panama City, Panama on November 14-17. Chief Phil will carry the Torch from Panama City to the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles co-hosted by the Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and musical icon and social activist, Stevie Wonder on November 20 (TBC). The Agape International Spiritual Center is a trans-denominational community of thousands of local members and global live streaming sites from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and throughout the Americas. Agape is highly regarded for its cultural, racial, and spiritual diversity. From Los Angeles the torch will be carried to the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota.


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Global Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play it Forward. The Giving Games will kickoff on November 29th in partnership with #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. GivingTuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. In 2015 #GivingTuesday raised $107 Million for charity. The Giving Games continue through December 10, and conclude with a Global Wopila (Oceti Sakowin Thanksgiving Ceremony) conducted by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Oceti Sakowin. Urgent Message from Chief Arvol

The Global Wopila gives thanksgiving for the many good things we have accomplished as Members of the Human Family this past year, the Funds Raised by the Compassion Games for Charitable Causes, for all of existence, the blessings inherent in each moment of our lives, and honors December 10 as Human Rights Day!

The Global Giving Games are being played world-wide between youth, educators, interfaith leaders, and intergenerational allies to ignite the participation of youth, Indigenous leadership and those who work with them in community service projects, acts of kindness, and raising monies for local causes. Participation in the Games foster safe and fulfilling places of learning, helping the next generation develop into compassionate, creative, happy, and resilient members of a peaceful, sustainable and harmonious world.

Participating in the Global Compassion Games boosts and ignites a community’s capabilities to create healthy, vibrant, thriving places of opportunity and compassion. The Games engage people with different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and belief systems to commit to play, live, learn, and work well together. Over the past four years, over 500 teams, with over 400,000 volunteers, in 40 countries, have served over 3.5 million people in the Compassion Games. Visit www.compassiongames.org to find out more and sign up to play.

Contact Jon Ramer jon@compassiongames.org 206 972-7356

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Celebrate the Unbelievable Final Results of the 2016 Global Unity Games

Dear Agents of Compassion,

It’s easy to believe that we are living in a time of a “great divide”. It is also true that we live in a time of “global connections”. kl-stargirl02i-fish0814There are over one billion people active on Facebook alone. Can we use this unprecedented connectivity to heal the divides between us and build bridges to Global Unity?

We set out to play the Global Unity Compassion Games to explore and discover what’s needed to create Global Unity and here’s what we found out.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-1-17-38-pm

The Global Unity Games were played from September 11th, a US National Day of Service, through September 21st, the International Day of Peace. The Peace Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-32-21-pm

This year was the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and in partnership with 9/11 Day and many others we launched a five year campaign called “Tomorrow Together”. The objective of the campaign is to bring young people together to learn about each other and do good deeds in a global expression of hope for a better tomorrow.

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We don’t imagine a global kumbaya hug, although that would be great. We define “global unity” as a world of people with CG16- Step4 - fish2016different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and belief systems committed to living, learning, working, and playing well together.

The Compassion Games are one way to respect our differences and collaborate to create value for others.  The outcomes of the Games demonstrate mutual respect and support, a commitment to listen to people past individual differences, a commitment to learning and helping others learn, and to collaborate on fulfilling a larger purpose that adds value to people’s lives.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-1-22-23-pm

The results can be communicated in numbers and in reports and stories. Here are the numbers: 30,838 Individual Players, and 265 Teams in 40 Countries played in the Games and submitted 452 reports. We are confident that many more played and didn’t report, even though you can report anonymously.

The results below are based on what only was reported on the Compassion Report Map

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(As well as 23,401,995 People Indirectly Served!)

To understand these numbers we published these scoring guidelines and definitions.

To appreciate the results of the Games we filled a Prezi “presentation canvas” that details who participated, what they did, and the impact and outcomes of what they accomplished.

To get a quick, high-level overview of the canvas we put together a short video you can view here!

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(We published the entire presentation so you can drill down and see for yourself, at your own pace, what Global Unity looks like. View it here!)

We have also shared a number of selected Reports in a Facebook Album on our FB page. You can access the album here!

We are so grateful to everyone who played in the Games and made this possible. This includes our Sponsors at Service For Peace, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Seattle Chocolates, World Trade Center Seattle, Theo Chocolate, CCARE, Compassionate Action Network, and the thousands of Agents of Compassion who demonstrated by their acts of kindness and compassion that “Love Wins” and that “Another World is Possible”.

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We hosted a live onine celebration of the Global Unity Games that took place on Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 AM PDT. We will record the Zoom call for those that can’t make it. Here are a few highlights from Teams that participated:

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Compassionate UAE Video

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Dr. Lesa Walker Highlight Video

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Charter for Compassion Video

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Sara Gough, Play for Peace Video

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Imroz Shaw, Play for Peace Video

The call also launched the Giving Games – Youth and Schools Playing it Forward taking place from November 29 through December 9. You can learn more and sign up to play here.

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As you know, the Compassion Games is a non-profit initiative, and although we are not motivated to make a profit, it still costs us to organize and produce the Compassion Games. Please make a donation to support the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.

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Thank you!  Game on!

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Love of Salish Sea Ignites Groundswell Opposition to Shell’s Arctic Drills in Seattle During Earth Week

A message from Earth Day of a possible future:

“It is on this day, this remarkable day, we give thanks to our ancestors. In the darkest time of our species’ history they faced a profound challenge. They faced themselves.

It is the very fact that we are here, alive today in abundance and safety, surrounded by our kin in this unfolding story of life, that we know they were mindful of our coming. We give our deepest thanks that they saw past the persuasions of an old and broken worldview, that they looked past dire uncertainty with courage and incredible strength.

We give our gratitude to you, ancestors, for unifying as One Human Family in the vision of a new story that teaches us, even now, to walk lightly on the Earth together with respect, with generosity… with compassion forever in our hearts for this Earth that we dearly love.”

-Ode to the Ancestors
in the Time of Great Remembering
Earth Day, Year 2200
 

Today is April 24, and it is Earth Week in the year 2015. Right now…you are alive, and what a time it is to be alive! We live in momentous times… At our fingertips we have access to a universe of knowledge and information that couldn’t even be fathomed just fifty years ago by the brightest thinkers. We have discovered laws of the universe that would baffle Newton himself. We are beginning to understand just how profoundly that all life is interconnected, that we are more like one great interdependent “super-organism” instead of the isolated individuals we may believe ourselves to be.

It is Earth Week 2015, and we – the “big-we,” the “human-race-we” – have profound opportunities placed before us, choices that are only ours to make. Can we transmute the knowledge and information we have acquired now into wisdom, and into compassionate action? Instinctually, we know that the war we are waging with nature must come to an end…this planet, after all, is our home. When the Earth suffers, we all suffer.

In Seattle, we are in the middle of celebrating the Compassion Games “Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week” coopetition (April 8-26). Communities around the world are challenging themselves and each other to inspire one another ignite our biophilia, or “love of life”, into compassionate action for the Earth. The Games are playful, but the stakes here are high; we are doing heavy lifting with a light heart. In the Pacific Northwest, an onslaught of fossil fuel companies intend to turn our home into a fossil fuel corridor for profit headed overseas, jeopardizing the land and waterways that life depends upon.

Biophiliac and Proud Meme SmallAmidst this backdrop of proposed fossil fuel development, Shell’s arctic drilling rigs are approaching Seattle ports, planning to dock and wait for a key seasonal window to explore the arctic and drill for oil. The lease for Shell to dock in Seattle was acquired privately without a public hearing. Consequentially and inevitably, a groundswell of opposition has arisen at the thought of such a tool being harbored here, considering Shell’s history of oil spills and disaster unpreparedness. For one, an environmental impact evaluation was never conducted to assess the risks of housing the oil rigs in Seattle waters. Perhaps even more critically, leaving the arctic oil in the ground is a high priority for all of us wishing to prevent Earth’s global temperature from rising two degrees celsius. A price, as they say, cannot be put on the havoc left behind in the event of an oil spill, or for that matter, the devastating cost of climate change.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 12.28.21 PMEnvironmental groups from the “sHell No Coalition” such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, BackBone Campaign, 350Seattle, Climate Solutions, and many others are organizing rallies and direct action to disrupt the rigs. Bill Moyer of the Backbone
Campaign says they aim to welcome the rigs into Seattle with the infamous “Flotilla of Kayaks,” but then make sure “the rigs never leave.” If successful, Shell’s rigs will miss their brief window to explore the arctic to drill for oil. (The rigs have already attempted to find oil, but Mother Nature has thus far taken a dire toll on the operation. Many fear an oil spill is inevitable if they continue, and would be impossible to mitigate).

So how do we actually turn our love into action and spark a movement to solve the challenges of our time? The last day of the Compassion Games “Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week” is on Sunday, April 26, and we are taking to the streets to act on behalf of the Earth.

A “Love Activation Dance Mob” will be starting at 11 a.m. in North Seattle and culminating at 2 p.m. at Seattle Center’s International Fountain, bringing together dancers, activists, percussionists, and musicians to celebrate the end of Earth Week.

The dance mob will then head down to the “sHell No – Seattle Draws the Line” rally at Myrtle Edward’s Park. The Nawtsmaat Alliance – an Indigenous lead alliance of Native and Non-Native peoples who aim to protect the region – will be represented. Sundance Chief Rueben George and Elder Ta’Ah George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., and Annie Leonard of GreenPeace will be among the speakers. The rally is leading up to a peaceful direct action in may known as the “Festival of Resistance,” where the people’s flotilla will attempt to prevent the rigs from leaving. (Have a kayak and want to train to get involved for the action in May? Go here!).

RSVP for the “Love Activation Dance Mob” here, and contact the organizer Sommer Joy Albertsen (Sommer@IslandJoyWellness.com) to coordinate get involved!

Go here to RSVP for the “sHell No – Seattle Draws the Line” at Myrtle Edwards Park on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.!

Do you have an unrelinquishing love of the Salish Sea? Do you feel called to unleash your biophilia, or “love of life,” to ensure the Earth and all her species are protected in this life and for generations to come? It’s going to take all of us! Play in the Compassion Games “Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week” coopetition and join us this Sunday at 2 p.m. We look forward to rallying with you in the name of wisdom, compassion, and of course, life itself!

Our relatives of the future will appreciate it.

The Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge: Crowdsourcing Compassion for Mother Earth

Announcing the
Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge
for Serve the Earth Week!

In celebration of the Earth and our connection to all life, we invite you to play with us starting now and through the end of Earth Week in the Compassion Games “Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge!“.  Join us as we crowdsource our love for the Earth and turn it into compassionate action for the benefit of all living beings!

Here is how the Story Mapping Challenge works:
Sit for a moment and reflect on a place in nature that brings you a sense of joy, wholeness, awe, or even peace. It could be a special place in a park or a forest, a garden, or even your backyard. Do you have a special place picked out? Are you picturing yourself there? Wonderful!

Research tells us that just by imagining this special place in the natural world, your autonomic nervous system has calmed down and you’ve given a boost to your immune system, which is incredible! Good work…

Next, take or find a photo of this place and upload it to the Love This Place! Story Map. Here you can tell your story about why you “Love This Place!” where it will join the stories of people from around the planet!

If we can challenge ourselves to collect 1,000 of these “love” stories, we will expand the Story Mapping Compassion Game to include connecting players to care for these special places, transforming our love into compassionate action for the Earth and all her inhabitants! Special thanks to our friends at Esri who have generously supported the Compassion Games.

Are you up for the challenge? Will you help by sharing your stories to get us there by the end of the Serve the Earth Week Coopetition on Sunday, April 26th?!

Let’s awaken our innate biophilia, or “love of life”, in people everywhere so that we can turn our love for these places into effectively caring for them!

What Do You Mean by Crowdsourcing Love for Compassionate Action?

The Internet has opened new possibilities for how we might share and uplift one another. There are many examples of linking and harnessing our collective intelligence as a species in this global, informational age. Think Wikipedia.

We’ve also seen this collective power applied to our financial capital to crowd-fund projects and initiatives that “we the people” deem worthy. Think crowdfunding platforms like KickStarter, IndieGoGo, or GoFundMe.

Well the Earth, our natural capital, is in great peril due to our collective activities and ways of existing on this planet that are incompatible with life. Can we change how we collectively act and relate to each other and the Earth, doing things differently so things will really be different?  Can we change the game from making “more” to making life better for us all?

The Compassion Games are about changing the games we play by ourselves and together. So when it comes to serving our Mother Earth, we ask… “Can we use the technical and social power of crowdsourcing to crowdsource the goodness that’s needed to protect and care for the places we love?” We certainly believe so!

Add your places and stories to the Story Map to start a conversation, a fire. Share these stories with your friends and your family. Encourage them to think of the places on Earth they love, bringing forth an awareness of the love within us for the planet we depend on so that we are inspired to see the Earth protected and cared for!

Add Your Places to the Story Map Here!

“Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself, in his cities of steel and concrete, from the realities of earth and water and the growing seed. Intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going farther and farther into more experiments for the destruction of himself and his world.

There is certainly no single remedy for this condition and I am offering no panacea. But it seems reasonable to believe — and I do believe — that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction.”

– Rachel Carson, Author of “Silent Spring”

Players of Earth Week & Compassion as the Path to Justice and the American Dream

As we’re getting ready for the inaugural Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week coopetition, from April 18 through April 26, we are excited to introduce some of the “players” that will be participating. This is an extremely diverse group including teams from Portugal, Peru, United Kingdom, Italy, and cities in the United States and Canada including Detroit, Michigan, Syracuse, New York and Seattle, Washington.

Interfaith Works is the team in Syracuse, New York that participated in the February World Interfaith Harmony Week coopetition. 87287165-ef33-4691-9cbf-404a0993a93fThey submitted many reports to the Compassion Report Map about their inspiring acts of service. Recently, we talked with Yangwa Benjamani, one of the organizers of the team, and unexpectedly he let us in on the incredibly moving story of his community. Yangwa is from the Congo and his team includes many Congolese immigrants who have made the journey to America.

He reports that in the Congolese community there are many who feel hopeless and are in a state of despair after coming to America.  They realize that their dream of life in America is more difficult than expected and unfortunately they often turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with the disappointment. Yangwa says playing the Compassion Games has brought hope and a way to connect with the American culture. It is a way to show his countrymen that there are people in America who are compassionate and caring.  He reminded us that many of the immigrants were farmers in the Congo who have a deep connection with the land and the water. He said “by being in nature and breathing with nature, they experience more goodness.”  We are thrilled to have interfaith works be one of the teams participating in this upcoming coopetition.

Compassion Games Head Coach Sande Hart has been working with Rev. Jim Lee, Senior Minister of Renaissance Unity Church in 0567091a-ede2-42a3-a662-6d5f4180d64fDetroit, Michigan. Reverend Lee is bringing the Compassion Games to his community as a way to transcend the inclination to violence that stems from injustice.  He knows the Compassion Games is the way to reprogramming that pattern and it can only happen when love wins. Metro-Detroit is focusing on the Love This Place! Story Mapping challenge to literally “love the hell” out of their home.  You can read the full news story “Love the Hell Out of Detroit” here!

We know there are so many remarkable stories out there of people overcoming hardship and bringing compassion into the world. We hope you will join the action for Earth Week to make known what you are doing in your community to help inspire others!

It’s not too late to sign up your team to participate in this upcoming Love this Place! Serve the Earth Week coopetition. You can learn more and register here!


Discover the many ways to play that can connect your community’s activities and events with other teams around the world to make this the most remarkable Earth Week in history!

Learn more and sign up for Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week here.

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Check out the Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge to crowdsource your love of the Earth into compassionate action for all life! Where are places loved the most? Game on!

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Love The Hell Out of Metro Detroit: From the Blame-Shame Game to the Compassion Games

In the early sixties, in the thick of the Civil Rights movement, at the Voters Rights office in Alabama, Andrew Young was about to step outside into the parking lot to meet members of the Ku Klux Klan.  Mr. Young, appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to head the voters rights effort, and has since gone on to become Mayor of Atlanta, US Congressman, and Ambassador to the United Nations, received a call thatkl-stargirl02i-fish0814the KKK were coming and that he might want to carry a gun. As he headed out the door to the ever so haunting image of men in white hoods, he went to pick up his gun, but his wife insisted he put it back in the desk drawer. She told him, ever so firmly, that he was to “Go Out There And Love The Hell Out of Them!”, and that’s just what he did. The KKK left peacefully that night. Andrew Young later wrote the Voters Rights Act that was passed in 1964.

While the Civil Rights Act has been passed and is now part of history, the cellular memory of fear, hatred and distrust is still as prevalent and unhealed in too many places in our great country today. “It’s as old as slavery” says Reverend Jim Lee, Sr. Minister of Renaissance Unity Church in Warren, Michigan in the Metro Detroit area. Every time a white policeman kills another black victim it keeps striking at the same nerve. Not that the act is not severe enough on it’s own volition, it’s just a matter of time before these nerves are going to erupt and lead to riots like those that have burnt cities to the ground in the past. Just one more strike at that nerve is enough to remove the thin veil covering the deep rage that we all know is there and bubbling to a boil, felt by people of all races, religion and culture.

Rev. Lee is responding to these mounting tensions in his community and feels strongly that the Compassion Games is the antidote to healing this burden that has plagued his community since the beginning of our country’s history, resurfacing again and again through time. He is determined to Love The Hell out of his community by “rewiring the cellular memory to a place of forgiveness so his city can thrive – so the beloved community can emerge.” Rev. Lee wants to be very clear, “Forgiveness is not about Little Onesforgetting the past. It doesn’t change what happened. What changes is the interpretation and perception with a new quality, a new tone can emerge to heal us today, so we can move on to the beloved community.” Rev. Lee says he wants to “Love our way thru the pain. Let’s make the pain the lesson, not the reason.”

The Love This Place! Story Mapping challenge is a perfect opportunity to help Metro-Detroit start seeing their community through the lens of the places that they Love. They have set a goal of 1,000 people identifying the places they love in the Metro-Detroit area and posting a photo and a description of why they Love This Place.  They might take a picture of the park bench, the 100 year old tree they pass each day, the corner market, or a historic building. When we start looking around our community for the things we love, we find so much more to love than we had ever realized. We become reprogrammed in that moment to be more loving toward ourselves. We will never look at that tree the same without recalling that love.

Rev. Lee knows we don’t have a single leader for this time of historic tension uprising like we have had in the past. He reminds us this only means it’s our time to step into our own power, into our own courage, into our own light and compassion, and he says, “if we don’t change we are just staying in the blame-shame
game. It’s time to move beyond that and it’s each of us alone that we have been waiting for, together.”

We may not have one single leader, but Reverend Lee is an exceptional model of what one person can do and he inspires us to rise to this challenge.  The Compassion Games are all about challenging ourselves and others to stretch our compassion muscles just a little bit further, deeper and higher through what natureCG16-0015-fish (1)gave us; the gift of life coupled with choice. The Games remind us to choose how we respond when our deepest instinct to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and all that we consider sacred is threatened. Gone are the days when we let fear rule us, when we demonize others, or we wait for someone else to change. Here are the days where we can Love away the fear, distrust and threat… Reverend Lee is is here to lead us to  “Love our way through the pain to healing.”

 

Are You a Biophiliac? Discover Nature’s Gifts of Awe, Longevity, and Compassion!

Collaboratively Written by Leadership Team Member Lesa R. Walker, MD, MPH
& Compassion Games Storyteller Joey Crotty
 

Are you a “Biophiliac“? If you are reading this and happen to be human, you probably are.

The Compassion Games Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week coopetition is approaching quickly (April 18-26) with the goal to ignite and amplify compassionate action around the world to protect and celebrate our home, the Earth. At the Compassion Games Heartquarters we often say that “Green Compassion” (a term coined by Marc Barasch of the Green World Campaign) is the ultimate act of compassion, for its benefits reach far beyond our individual selves to all living beings who share this planet with us and to generations to come. As an ancient proverb says,

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Compassion is planting a seedling under whose shade you may never sit.”

Yet just because Green Compassion extends far beyond our individual selves doesn’t mean the profound personal benefits should be overlooked. Western science is beginning to show us just how significantly our own personal well-being is integrated with the natural world. Human beings – as Indigenous teachings imply –  appear to be innately predisposed to connect with nature as a necessity for good health and mental well-being. Further, human beings may possess an inherent “biopilia”, or, a “love of life” that has been engendered by evolution and is cultivated by being immersed in nature and living systems. Feelings of awe have been identified as a key factor in this human-nature relationship.

In a research study conducted at the University of California – Berkeley “researchers have linked positive emotions — especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art, and spirituality — with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder”  (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/awe_boosts_health?utm_source=GGSC+Newsletter+%232-+February+2015&utm_campaign=GG+Newsletter+%232+-+February+2015&utm_medium=email ). The study suggests that “… a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art — has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy,” says UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, a co-author of the study.

Forest Stone Path, GermanyAnother research study, “Awe Expands Perception of Time”, conducted at Stanford University reveals a similar reality. Participants in the study who experienced awe, relative to other emotions, felt they had more time available to them in their lives and were less impatient. Participants were also more willing to volunteer their time to help others (indicating a stronger sense of compassion and empathy), more strongly preferred experiences over material things, and reported higher overall life satisfaction. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120719161901.htm)

With the Love This Place! Serve the Earth Week coopetition, we hope to help further awaken a love for the Earth and all her inhabitants (including human beings!) that can be translated into a person’s everyday sense of awe, compassion, and happiness. Let’s channel our biophilia into compassionate action and loving stewardship of our one and only home, Mother Earth!

Introducing the Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge for Earth Week

The Love This Place! Story Mapping Challenge is a fun, simple, and meaningful way to experience awe and express love for the places in nature that hold special significance for us. In this challenge, players identify their favorite places on Earth and capture them in a photo. These photos are then uploaded to an interactive and global crowdsourcing story map by ESRI where players can tell a story about their place and why it is important to them. These places are then geotagged and placed on the Love This Place! Story Map to be shared with participants around the world, lighting up our planet in a real and tangible way and celebrating our love for the Earth. Where are the places that are loved the most?! Can we identify 1,000 places that we love and share why we love them by Sunday, April 26th, the last day of the Serve the Earth Week coopetition? Game on!

Click here to submit the places you love to help ignite our innate biophilia around the world!

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In the Story Mapping Challenge, we honor and celebrate nature and our communities through photos and stories, inspiring in us a sense of awe and gratitude that can be translated into compassionate action for the Earth. In the words of renowned ecologist and ethologist Marc Bekoff, we practice “rewilding” ourselves and “becoming the seen” by understanding our intricate interdependence with all life. (Learn more about Marc’s work here: http://charterforcompassion.org/node/8482). Through the Compassion Games and the global map, we spread our empathy, awe and well-being to others, generating the power of “3D” compassion (caring for the Earth, others, & ourselves). Ultimately, by playing together, we are striving together toward a positive culture shift that is helping the world become a kinder and safer place to live for all beings, one act of biophilia at a time!

Join us and unleash your inner biophiliac!

Learn more about Serve the Earth Week here!
Register yourself or your team for Serve the Earth Week here!
 
 Biophiliac and Proud Meme Small

Solving Wicked Problems with the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest

(Header Image: “New Pioneers” from Mark Hensen)

At a time when religiously motivated violence seems to be more horrific and terrifying than ever, what would it take to transition our world to one of interfaith harmony and peace? It may seem pollyanna to wonder and idealistic to even ask if such a thing is possible. In a world permeated with intolerance and acts of hatred in the name of religion, how could we come to be in peace and harmony with one another? What would that take? A 21st century messiah? Divine intervention? Or a radical and creative shift of consciousness that playfully engages the full participation of the human species?

Social scientists consider this kind of problem a “wicked problem.” A wicked problem is one in which everyone agrees there is an issue, yet different stakeholders cannot agree on a definition of the problem or a course for a solution. This is because stakeholding groups in a wicked problem have radically different worldviews and thus different ways of understanding the problem and approaching a solution. World interfaith disharmony is truly such a wicked problem that can have horrific outcomes.

So how can we get to a world of interfaith harmony? Wicked problems can be “solved” by authoritative brute force, eliminating opposing perspectives and leaving power in the hands of a few. They can be “solved” through competition, leaving various parties to duke it out with a clear winner and loser. Or, they can be solved through collaboration, where all parties are brought to the table simultaneously, a common humanity is revealed, and overlaps in worldviews and values are discovered.

This is the very purpose of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. The Compassion Games awaken us to the power we each have as “players” to choose to play the “game” of life differently with each other and ourselves. As they say, “life games reflect life aims.”

We are living in a time of an emerging global world, where an essential interdependence and growing interconnectivities are Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 1.19.15 PMliterally changing the “rules of the game” of how our world operates. The rules of the game have gone from finite, win-lose zero sum games (which, like war, are really lose-lose games) to nonzero sum games where we either all lose or we all win. Economic interdependence, terrorism, cyber-security, contagious disease control, climate change, and violence in the name of religion are just a handful of the major “nonzero” challenges that we now face, and each of them span any human-made borders that once artificially confined us as if we were fundamentally different, or separate, from our neighbors around the world.

Can we arise to this global challenge and unprecedented moment to work together, and make collaboration and compassion the objective of the game?

Since we all have a stake in the outcome of how the game is played in our global world, each player in this new game is immeasurably valuable. A vital component and often overlooked dimension to this unfolding “global village” is the role of the individual in arising to meet the challenges of these new circumstances. It is easy for individuals to feel less significant in a coalescing sea of 7+ billion people (as if more people make each of our thoughts, concerns, and actions matter less). This feeling is amplified even more so with looming challenges that are so macro in scale and difficult to conceive. These feelings, although understandable, couldn’t be more far from the truth.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 2.12.47 PMThis is because in order to fundamentally solve the wicked problem of interfaith disharmony, we have to change the way we relate to each other, and this takes individual personal change and participation with others at a profound level. The collective cultural maturity required of us at this time calls for, in fact, the deepest kind of change: the change that comes from within. So in order for us to change collectively, it is each of us that needs to change personally. This is often more challenging, yet sometimes surprisingly easier and more profound than we can ever imagine. There is a power that each of us has in which we can choose to change the game we are playing, because we are playing one whether or not we are even aware of it. In this regard, we can define a game as engaging in any life activity directed toward bringing about a certain state of affairs.

Compassion is an infinite game in which the purpose of the game is to continue to play. Collaboration, too, is a game that defies physical laws, where one plus one can equal ten, and the more people that play, the more can win.

We know that some people think that playing games are frivolous and not an activity worthy of something as significant and important as interfaith harmony. The idea of competing to do good – competitive altruism – seems to go against the very idea of being thoughtful and kind toward others.

Yet the original latin root for the word competition is “to strive together,” not, as it is defined today, “to strive against.” Perhaps we need to redefine what we mean by the terms “games”, “play”, “player”, and “competition”. Reframing these ideas may be a key to unlocking the creativity and inspiration that it takes to rise together and reach new heights of radical creativity, cultural maturity, and just, lasting change. The Compassion Games compel and catalyze us to strive together as “players” to change the “games” we play on planet earth to the kinds that make life better for others, ourselves, and the earth.

You may be asking: “Really? What about all the conflict and contradictions in our ways of life?”

There are tremendous differences in our nationalities, cultures, and values, of course. For there to be peace amongst us we will have to coexist in a way that deeply respects our differences and honors our unique histories, cultures, backgrounds and nationalities.

For there to be harmony we will have to learn to interact and create value together. We will find common ground in our cultural differences and we will offer support and help while learning from each other. We will have a shared sense of fulfilling some greater purpose while recognizing that we are interdependent and need each other, now more than ever.

Fortunately for all of us, the case being made that “playing compassionate games with one another from all different backgrounds can radically and creatively change the world” doesn’t have to end here in words, as a spirited and hopeful ideal. Why? Because it just happened! With World Interfaith Harmony Week having just come to a close, the results are in… and what took place is simply astounding.

Who is Leading the Way?

It is interesting to note that King Abdullah II of Jordan, who has been seen recently in the US press as a strong leader taking on ISIS (the Islamic State), was greeted with cheers on returning home early from his trip to the US to conduct swift executions of two terrorist prisoners in retaliation for ISIS killing a Jordanian pilot. The cultural call in Jordan for vengeance was great and the King was in tune with his people. While some international human rights groups may have preferred that there have not been executions, the human rights groups also recognized that the executions were within Jordanian law and important to the people. It is these cultural differences we need to better appreciate and understand. Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 2.35.30 PM

For at the same time that King Abdullah II is a “strong man” he is also dedicated to interfaith peace and harmony. Compassion
Games International (CGI) is well aware of this since in partnership with King Abdullah’s office we have just completed a seven day “coopetition” – a collaboration in which we cooperate to compete (or strive) with each other and not against each other by challenging groups from all over the world to show us their compassion in the name of interfaith peace and harmony.

From February 1st through the 7th, the Compassion Games were organized in partnership with the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. King Abdullah II offered a $50,000 prize to be shared by groups working to create interfaith peace and harmony in the world.

This year the partners included the Dalai Lama Fellows as well as the United Religions Initiative (URI). URI hosted an online webinar for the occasion, calling out to over 670 cooperation circles that reach over one million people, inviting them to play.  URI also sponsored two University of Rochester students to attend the United Nations and speak about the Compassion Games. First Nations Solar put out the Solar Challenge for faith and interfaith groups to “Sun-Up” their houses of worship and embark on solarizing campaigns to shift to clean and renewable energy as an act of “green compassion” for Mother Earth.

The players and teams that participated came from all over the world including Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. In the United States, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council challenged other interfaith councils around the world and posted the greatest number of reports in an impressive display of what is possible when we come together to play, collaborate, and challenge one another to be the very best of our human nature.

Compassion Report Map Reflections from World Interfaith Harmony Week

There were over 30 teams around the world that posted nearly 100 reports to the Compassion Report Map. You can view all the reports by visiting the map here.

Here are four stories, each strikingly different yet equally profound, that are examples of what individual players and teams did during the Interfaith Harmony Week coopetition:

Report #1: Students Meet Muslims for the First Time (View Report)

The University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel student group hosted a tour of the Interfaith Chapel during World Interfaith Harmony Week. For 14 out of 15 of the students, this was the first time they had ever visited a mosque or even spoke to a Muslim. They observed prayer, toured the center, and engaged in dialogue with the Interfaith Chapel youth group. These students had a chance to learn about Islam and to meet and interact with local Muslim youth, opening their eyes to the realities of life for Muslim citizens in this difficult time in our world’s history.

Report #2: Nourish the Soul at the Souper Bowl (View Report)

World Interfaith Harmony Week began on Sunday, February 1st, which happened to be the same day as the Super Bowl. In aCompassion Games Souper Bowl - 2015 creative twist to kick-off Harmony Week and heighten our capacity for interfaith good, the Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle challenged the country in a Souper Bowl as a way to fill the food banks and take care of our neighbors in a time of need. Not surprisingly, the Center for Spiritual Living really stepped up… collecting well over 4,500 cans of soup in one week and raising $1,300 for local causes.

Report #3: 15,000+ People Served by Multifaith Day of Service (View Report)

The Peninsula Multifaith Day of Service dispatched more than 525 volunteers, ages 5 through 85, to a dozen sites through their region to work on 20 different projects. Pacifica Institute, who submitted this report on behalf of the Day of Service, joined the efforts with 30 volunteers of their own who also helped prepare breakfast for the 525+ volunteers. Over 15,000 people were directly affected by the actions of this awe-inspiring interfaith task force.

Report #4: Profound Reflection on Interfaith Harmony at Unity Celebration (View Report)

A report from an individual of the Interfaith Works and Women Transcending Boundaries team inspires us deeply. The report states that a “kaleidoscope” of virtually every faith joined together in unity, song, dance, and prayer, all to express their commonality within diversity. In their midst were refugees from Bosnia and Sudan who had lost everything – their homes, their families – when religious conflict tore their country apart.

From the Compassion Report Map: “When the Sudanese reminded us that churches helped them build new lives, that their history is one with the history of InterFaith Works, I thought, ‘humanity has committed some of its worst crimes in the name of religion, but religion is also capable of giving and restoring life.’ Indeed I have never experienced more compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness in one space…

“[Holding hands] as we sang… I felt myself a member of a new human community, one pregnant with possibilities, possibilities which have always been present in the highest values of our various traditions. This community, bound together not by language, not by race or creed, but by a powerful sense of hope and joy, came away from the WIHW knowing that – when it honors and accepts differences, when it forgives past injustices, but more importantly when it gathers together to celebrate all these things – religion’s long history of strife is transformed into a source of healing for the nations. Indeed, WIHW stands as an event that I dare say the critics of religion cannot pass off ‘as something that just happened’…”

Many Ways to Play and Harmonize

Between CGI and WIHW there were over 800 events and activities that took place during the seven day challenge and there were many different ways to play. These included:

  • An Interfaith Edition of the Secret Agent of Compassion that sent out missions each day of the coopetition.
  • As part of this years harmony week the WIHW produced the first interfaith anthem “The Gift of Love”. The lyrics are by HRH Prince Ghazi and the music and vocals by world renowned recording artist Mr. Sami Yusuf.  http://youtu.be/LHFuyK65Etg

Scoreboard Results from World Interfaith Harmony Week

During the coopetition we maintain a scoreboard so we can see the progress we are collectively making. The point of the game is not to “beat others” but to challenge ourselves to do and be our very best. Over 30 teams around the world submitted nearly 100 reports showing that well over 50,000 people were served through the Compassion Games in this seven day coopetition. This is just what got reported, and most players don’t report. No one will know for sure the impact of all this interfaith kindness and caring that was unleashed, and continues to be unleashed, on our precious world.

However, the experience of coordinating the Compassion Games World Interfaith Harmony Week has reassured us that the wicked problems of our time can be solved by transforming the game of life we play and reinventing what it means to live in peace and harmony together on our beautiful planet.

The Compassion Games are a way for anyone, anywhere, at anytime to amplify existing efforts or mobilize new ones. The Compassion Games infuse the spirit of play, collaboration, and kindness to bring people together of diverse backgrounds to address some of the worlds greatest challenges and most wicked problems.

We invite you to join with us by participating in the Compassion Games. The next coopetition – “Earth Service Week” – will take place from April 18th through April 26th, the same week that U.S. Mayors are challenging each other in the Give-A-Day of service, the brainchild of Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville. The Back-To-School Coopetition takes place in October to bring the profound benefits of compassion to students in educational settings and in their personal lives. The annual global Compassion Games take place from September 11th through the 21st, the International Day of Peace.

Will you play with us? Game on!

Solving Wicked Problems with the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest
A Collaborative Work of the Compassion Games Team
Lead Author: Jon Ramer | Founder & “First Follower”
Contributing Author, Editor: Joey Crotty | Communications and Campaign Organizer
Review by Sande Hart (Head Coach) and Sommer Albertson (Coordinator of the Women/Girls League)
 

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An Interfaith Pep Talk to Overcome the Impossible

A Rallying Call for World Interfaith Harmony

It’s well-known that for untold eons, human beings have fought each other in the name of their God or gods. But there is more to this story… As historian and TED Prize Winner Karen Armstrong points out, wars are and have always been political and economic in nature, used to gain land, resources, and power. Why, then, do people tend to blame religion for wars? Armstrong writes that religious ideologies were often reshaped by political and economic needs, and that “religious fervor” – often a unifying cultural and communal force – has been manipulated and used as propaganda to influence citizens to fight for their people, nation, and of course, God or gods.

So religion has become, for many, the source of world trouble, the world’s scapegoat. In other words, spirit has been given a bad rap and many believe we’d be better off without it. As a result, religion and spirituality may be the very last place people expect a beacon of global peace to emerge. And it is for this very reason that it must be the place for a global beacon of peace to emerge.

010b-fishapril14Because at its best, spirituality is anything but economic or political. At the heart of the world’s wisdom traditions lie a message of acceptance, love, and service, the very countercurrent of war and violence. Spirit has been hijacked. It has become the underdog in the story of our time.

However, we too often underestimate the position of power an underdog is in.

Underdogs are scrappy. They are desperate, and willing to do anything to overcome the seemingly impossible. The apparent kl-stargirl02i-fish0814weakness of our position is the very source of our strength. It is this beautiful desperation that is going to compel us to do something unexpected. Something wonderfully crazy. Something brilliant.

Because it has already been ruled out that people of different faiths are capable of coming together to change the tides of the world’s violence and exclusivity to one of peace and unity, we have everything to lose and even more to gain. The world needs interfaith harmony. It longs for it but denies its possibility. That is why it must be done.

World Interfaith Harmony Week is coming up on February 1st and goes until February 7th.


The Purpose of World Interfaith Harmony Week is to…

1. Celebrate and make known the strong undercurrent of interfaith work already happening in the world, and to bring attention to this remarkable work so its positive momentum can continue to inspire and grow;

2. Amplify existing efforts and create new initiatives to further the reach of the interfaith movement, and to raise a broader awareness in the world’s communities that interfaith unity is possible. In addition, we want to ignite a sense of urgency for the need of this movement more now than ever;

3. Encourage faith communities around the world to reach out to their neighbors of different faiths in order to create new relationships of respect, understanding, and collaboration to expand the reach of the interfaith movement throughout the world.


 Do you long to see an unprecedented current of peace, understanding, and collaboration take hold of our world?

Play with us! Join World Interfaith Harmony Week to add your voice, energy, and heart to this movement that has never been more needed.

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Every once in awhile, we hear a story about overcoming hopelessly improbable odds. That next story is going to be us. We can’t play by the old rules of the game. We have to play by our own rules, we have to change them. We have to make the game utterly unrecognizable, unplayable to the ways of ignorance, otherness, and complacency.

Let’s make the game Compassion.
Love Wins!

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& Our “Partners in Compassion”
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Compassion Games to Protect and Restore the Sacredness of Mother Earth

by Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Chairperson, Compassion Games International, Jon Ramer Founder Compassion Games International, Joey Crotty, Writer and Editor

At the root of all social, economic, political, psychological and spiritual ills – both historically and presently – are the false beliefs  that human beings are separate from one another, and that we are separate from our Mother Earth.

plaidDispelling such false beliefs, current scientific research upholds the sacred truth of our interdependence and connectivity.  With work on the human genome now substantially complete, the clear result is, except for a few superficial surface features, that we – the human family – are 99.9% the same.  We are all related!  We are much, much more alike than we are different! Even more surprising to many is just how intimately related we humans are to the mineral, plant and animal people, including even the smallest of our insect relatives. We share the deepest origins to every living being in virtually every dimension of our ever-expanding universe!

Until we fully understand and experience that all members of the human family are intimately related and that our greatest honor, privilege, responsibility, and meaning are revealed when we  compassionately serve, love understand, and respect our own sacredness and the sacredness of all life, there will be no ultimate justice and global peace.

When our hearts fully and compassionately experience the spiritual and physical reality that there is only one race, the human race – 10626504_707342982667742_3748807769131385059_nand that Mother Earth is the common spiritual heritage of all living beings – will we then be able to develop the economic, educational, social and political systems that are life-preserving and life-sustaining. Then and only then will we be able to completely eliminate the growing extremes of wealth and poverty that are  being supported and fueled by the spirit destroying sickness of unbridled materialism and consumerism.  A truly spiritually enlightened and compassionate humanity would never tolerate a world where 80% of our beloved family members live in substandard housing, where 70% of our beloved family members are unable to read and write, where 50% of our beloved family members suffer from malnutrition and survive on less than $2.00 [U.S. dollars] a day,  where only 6% of humanity possesses 60% of the world’s wealth, and where our beloved Mother Earth and her many life forms is on the verge of complete destruction in the name of economic progress and selfish consumption by a small minority of the human family.

During the early years of North American’s “new” ecological consciousness, my grandfather had a conversation with an old friend.  His old friend, whose first language was Dakota, loved to learn new English words. He asked my grandfather to explain to him what the word “ecology” was all about.  “Well” my grandfather said, “you know, Tahanshi, my beloved cousin, we now have these places of education where you can go and learn to read and study books. Then you learn how to write about what you have read about. Finally you learn to talk about what you have learned to read and write about!

This is how many people of today learn about life.  Some people learn this way for many, many years.  After they have read enough books, written about what they have read about and then talk about what they have written about, they are given a piece of paper that says they are a Doctor or a Wise Person of Life.  These Doctors and Wise People of Life then get jobs where they earn a lot of money, so they can read, write, and talk some  more.  They have even have invented machines that can look at things that are very small and make them look big. There are other machines they have invented that can look at things far away and make them look close.

Mother_Earth_by_josephine101They even put different parts of Mother Earth in containers and pour them back and forth so they can find out more about the truth of Mother Earth.  Anyway, Tahanshi, they have spent a lot of time and money and studied Mother Earth for many, many years. From all this work they have made a new discovery.  They found out that everything is interrelated.  They found out that when you pollute the air which all living things breathe and pollute the water which all living things drink, you pollute all living things.

What do you think about that, Tahanshi?”

My Grandfather’s old friend smiled knowingly and shook his head.  “I was wondering when they would get around to this understanding of Life!  Just look at what we do to our beloved Mother Earth.  We cut her hair where it should not be cut and rip up her skin where it should not be ripped up, and then we drill holes inside her and suck all of her blood out and put things inside of her and blow her bones up.”

This wise elder then looked deeply into the eyes of my grandfather, shook his finger and said, “And what would happen if you did that to your mother?  She would die!  And this is exactly what is going to happen to all of us and our future generations, if we do not learn to have compassion, respect and love for all of Life!”

The Golden Rule we know so well, then, is really a derivative of a greater fundamental truth, a truth we can call the “Green Rule.” It doesn’t just apply to how we treat one another, but how we treat our Mother Earth! The Green Rule states, “Do unto Mother Earth as you would have it do unto you.”

The benefits of compassion for Mother Earth reaches far beyond our individual selves to all living beings! To forget this is to try to cure a sick child when the water the little one drinks and the air the little one breaths has been poisoned. We cannot get behind the cause of the problems we face in this critical moment of history without the realization that this poison is our beliefs – beliefs of separation from one another and Nature – which lead to our ways of being in the world. This current way of being withholds us from engaging authentically with one another and celebrating the vast array of life that we each are an integral part of!

The Compassion Games and the Birth of the “First Nations League” and the Nawtsamaat Alliance

nawtsamaat aliianceThe Compassion Games make our communities safer, kinder, more just and better places to live.  The ultimate “Compassion Game” is unprecedented, unified, compassionate action to “Protect and Restore the Sacredness of all Life!”

In the 2014 Compassion Games we unveiled the First Nations League, with the Nawtsamaat Alliance being the first official team to participate. Indigenous Leader Sundance Chief Rueben George and I called for the birth of this Salish Sea alliance to unify and come together to protect the Salish Sea.

The Nawtsamaat Alliance – located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest around the Salish Sea – formed and joined the Compassion Games in a time when our beautiful region is presently under attack from a fossil fuel industry looking to  expand exponentially the volume and transportation of fossil fuels through our lands and waters. These expansions seriously jeopardize further the health and well-being of the land, water, and communities in the region who lovingly call the Salish Sea home.

Led by the Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples, the Nawtsamaat Alliance is made up of Native and Non-Native community members who are coming together and calling for “Unprecedented Unified Action” to protect our home. This is a story about Indigenous leadership utilizing Compassion Games to strengthen how all members of the Human Family can come together to care for our Mother Earth!

Nawtsamaat is a Coast Salish word that can translate to, “One House. One Heart. One Prayer. United in Power to Protect the Sacred!”

The Compassion Games can literally help us “change the game” and ignite a community to move to the positive with a new approach to organizing and working together. And it is working!

The 4 Days of Action to Protect the Salish Sea

During the 2014 Compassion Games, the Nawtsamaat Alliance (NA) organized its inaugural launch and blessing at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, followed by the 4 Days of Action Campaign to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea.

The 4 Days of Action connected and supported many people and organizations for a variety of events aimed to raise awareness of fossil fuel threats in the Salish Sea, and to build unity across the region. The 4 Days of Action also stood in solidarity with the People’s Climate March. Alliance members, 350.org, Rising Tide, and the Georgia Strait Alliance hosted the International Rally to Protect the Salish Sea, a cross-border rally at Peace Arch Park the day before the historic Climate March took place around the world. Indigenous peoples lead the People’s Climate March in New York City, where over 311,000 people gathered in the largest march on climate in history.

Over 2,600 rallies took place in more than 160 countries. See the Report Back video on the People’s Climate March here.

Out of this global movement and inspiring display of love for our Mother Earth, the Compassion Games 10 Year Solar Challenge was born!

Sun-Up! The Compassion Games 10 Year Solar Challenge

sunupchurches-detail2The Compassion Games 10 Year Solar Challenge was proposed in order to “Sun-Up!” our communities as we “Warrior-Up!” to protect Mother Earth. The Solar Challenge will help inspire and move us all toward 100% clean renewable energy – for all purposes and for all people – starting with the Sun-Up Our Sanctuaries campaign in 2015. Each year a campaign and “coopetition” will be revealed to solarize a different part of our society. When communities mobilize together in this way, the price of solar becomes even less expensive through bulk-purchases than it is already becoming in the global market.

If you are interested in learning more or want to participate in this incredible opportunity, we warmly encourage you to do so here!

Looking Forward with Hope: Earth Week and Future Coopetitions with Indigenous Peoples and their Allies

As we build toward the Global Compassion Games in September of 2015, there are an inspiring lineup of coopetitions happening around the world.  In February, World Interfaith Harmony Week is taking place, a major event for the United Nations. In April, Earth Week will happen in celebration of Earth Day (although every day is Mother Earth Day!) The First Nations League will participate in Earth Week, encouraging many other First Nations and Indigenous peoples and their allies to form and participate.

In support of Earth Week, the Nawtsamaat Alliance will be launching the “Love This Place” campaign, to move and inspire all peoples who live in the beautiful Salish Sea bioregion to make a pledge of solidarity to protect what they love; their land, waters, fellow human beings and all living beings. As the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea was first signed by Tsleil-Waututh Nation and their allies in the culmination of the 4 Days of Action, a Salish Sea tour will also take place during “Love This Place”, inviting and encouraging other allies to sign and uphold the International Treaty in pledges of support!

A Love for Our Mother is a Love for All

As a human species, we are remembering what it is like to have an ecological and spiritual literacy that serves and deeply connects us all, with all living creatures of Mother Earth. Indigenous relatives around the world are offering this wisdom in peace and unity. Yet for such a remembering and re-learning to happen, we have to have the hope to act toward it, and to believe it is possible! We must unify to develop a way to get there, and do it in accordance with what calls to the deepest aspects of our spirits and our hearts: the need for meaning and purpose, for love and for wholeness, for community and justice and peace. The greatest vision of all for such a world is one where all living beings can thrive on a planet that is looked after compassionately… for when she is loved and cared for, all living beings shall feel the same.

Starting from Within, Working in a Circle, in a Sacred Manner, We Heal and Develop Ourselves, Each Other, and the World.