INVITATION

  1. Discover what it would cost to offset your personal/family carbon footprint
  2. Discover a fast, easy way to offset your footprint by sponsoring the planting of trees in forests throughout the world
  3. Discover the joy of making a gift of tax deductible trees in the name of people in your life thereby transforming your gifts into making a difference in reversing global warming

A short personal history from Randy McNamara @randymcnamara.com

For the past 2 years I told myself over and over again, “You should offset your personal and family carbon footprint by planting trees.” BUT, I did nothing, mostly because I was afraid my footprint was so damn big it would cost me a fortune. Plus, how do I figure out what my footprint is and, if I find out, where the heck do I go to find an organization that plants trees because there’s not enough room in my yard for all those trees.

5 minutes researching the internet and I got my questions answered and was happily surprised! My footprint for this whole year is only about $1100. There’s an organization that plants trees for $1 per tree and they’ll send a gift card from you if you want to have the trees planted in someone’s honor. The $1 per tree is a tax deductible donation. Voila! The end of hunting for birthday and Christmas presents!

Step 1

Discover your carbon footprint. This does not then mean you are obligated to offset your footprint.  You could just forget it or offset it at a lower rate. It’s your choice after all.

Google: carbonfund.org   You answer a simple set of questions and presto, the website computes your carbon footprint for you and your household.  5 minutes and you’ve got the dollar value of your footprint.

Step 2

Google: onetreeplanted.org   For $1 per tree you can plant trees in projects they sponsor in any of the following regions: North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Pick the project(s) you like and enter your credit card. The organization is a 501c3 so your contribution is tax deductible.

There is a gift giving feature where you can donate trees in someone else’s name and they’ll send that person a gift card from you.

Step 3

Put a reminder in your calendar to do steps 1 and 2 once a year on the first Monday in December. Compute next year’s carbon footprint and transform your holiday gift giving from consumption to reversing global warming.

What we think about when we try not to think about Global Warming

I’m writing to ask everyone who reads this to immediately buy and read, “What we think about when we try not to think about Global Warming,” by Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes.

There are 3 parts. Here are highlights:

In Part 1, Stoknes harnesses behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology to bring laser-like clarity to the source of humanity’s resistance to dealing with global warming NOW. Your soul will give a huge sigh of relief when you fully understand why some brains deny, resist, ignore, become paralyzed, or resigned in the face of the facts of climate change.

In Part 2, Stoknes lifts us out of the insanity of “doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.”  He spells out a series of “end runs” around people’s barriers to solutions which will set your imagination on fire!!

In Part 3, entitled “Being, Inside the Living Air,” Stoknes creates a brilliant new context in which we human beings can relate to and experience air. He says, “Today we tend to think of the air as something out there or up there . . . This way of understanding the air arose with the chemical revolution in the Enlightenment period of 1789 to 1830.” When you have read all of Part 3 you will personally experience his assertion, “To be born is to enter the air. To be is to be in the air.”  This transformative shift lights up all the solutions Stoknes proposes in Part 2 and calls people into action despite the fact that many people feel, “We’re fucked and there’s nothing I can do.”

Pachamama Alliance in the Amazon

I spent 2 weeks in the Amazon jungle in Ecuador with the founders of the Pachamama Alliance. For more than 20 years, Pachamama has been supporting the Schuar and Achuar indigenous people in keeping oil drilling and mining out of the pristine jungle. The jungle is widely recognized as the “lungs of the earth” for the vegetation’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen.

Pachamama’s mission is to create “an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling presence of humanity on the planet.” The Alliance has empowered the Achuar to develop the Kipawi Lodge, an eco-lodge deep in the heart of the jungle along a tributary of the Amazon.

Life for these people has changed dramatically in the past decades. Missionaries convinced them to stop inter-tribal wars. Medicine dramatically reduced infant deaths. Formerly, the wars and infant mortality kept population growth in check. In addition, guns have now replaced blow guns and poisoned darts. The result is the population of the Schuar has ballooned from 10,000 to 70,000 and the Achuar has ballooned from 1,000 to 10,000.  The people can no longer get all the food they need from agriculture and hunting and must find ways to make money to buy what they need.

The women often spend their entire child-bearing years pregnant. Lynne Twist, one of the founders of Pachamama, has created a program called “Jungle Mamas.” Women are given beaded necklaces with beads that represent the entire month and specially colored ones for when ovulation happens. They can then manage themselves to only have children when they choose.

As I look at the projected trajectory of population growth worldwide it is critical, as part of addressing human contributions to global warming, that ways like this must be found for people to manage the size of their families.

Waking humanity up from the 3 trances that stop us from ending human contributions to climate change

On April 10th I was interviewed for one hour on the trances that prevent us from ending human contributions to climate change. The interviewer is Michael Stone. Michael is a writer, teacher, activist and the host and producer of KVMR’s award winning show’s conversations and The Shift Network’s Shamanism Global Summit. For more information about Michael’s work go to www.WellofLight.com.

The topic of the show was, “Waking humanity up from the 3 trances that stop us from ending human contributions to climate change.” It includes 3 simple and very powerful actions that every citizen can take now!

Michael Stone is a writer, teacher, activist and the host and producer of KVMR’s award winning show conversations and The Shift Network’s Shamanism Global Summit. for more information go to www.WellofLight.com

 

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

I just spent 2 weeks in Solar Valley, China as Visiting Professor at the International Micro Emissions University. During that time I did my climate talk with 450 students and faculty and with 400 employees of Hi Min Solar. In addition, I delivered the Pachamama Alliance “Awakening the Dreamer Symposium” to the students and the employees.

I worked with 12 different groups to enable them to work in a way that they expand their effectiveness and experience satisfaction and peace of mind. Here are the basics of what I said:

My fundamental working principle is I want to live and work with an EMPTY MIND.

When I am with my family I want to be with them. I don’t what to be thinking about what I haven’t gotten done.

When I am sleeping I want to rest. I don’t want to be kept up all night thinking about what I didn’t get done today and what I have to get done tomorrow.

And, I want to feel satisfied and happy with what I do.

Here are my practices:

Before you leave work:

Go over your “to do list” for today and congratulate yourself for what you have accomplished, like a soccer player celebrates when he or she scores a goal.

Write out your “to do list” for tomorrow

During work:

Cross out what you get done as you do it. Acknowledge yourself for getting it done like a soccer player celebrates when he or she scores a goal.

Time off and vacation:

Make a “to do list” when you are on time off or vacation so you can feel you have accomplished something during this time. It can be as simple as, “sleep until noon, take a walk with my wife/husband, visit my brother,” etc.

Being reminded of things:

I keep a small notebook in a pocket wherever I go. When I think of something I want to do or something I want to learn about I don’t want to carry that around in my mind. I want an EMPTY MIND. So, I write it down and put it on a list later. I also keep this notebook by my bed when I sleep in case I wake up in the middle of the night and remember something or have an insight. I can write it down and go back to sleep with an EMPTY MIND.