Earth Calling

This post consists of excerpts from Earth Calling, a book co-authored by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter.

I met Ellen in Chicago in August of 2013. We were among some 1,500 participants attending the Climate Reality Project leadership training provided by Al Gore. As Climate Leaders, Ellen and I, and thousands of others around the world, now follow our respective path in the business of climate activism.

In April 2014, I received a complimentary copy of Earth Calling from Ellen. This book is truly a precious gift which has helped me understand why I’ve answered the call to act on climate. The answer to that question is simple. “It’s not okay to do nothing when you know something should be done.” Now I know.

Earth Calling is “an eloquent plea to wake up to what we as humans are doing – and failing to do – for our land, air and water.” ~ Peter Davis,  director of Hearts and Minds documentary. (Editor~Rolly Montpellier-BoomerWarrior)

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Earth Calling. boomer warrior

Action springs not from thought,
but from a readiness for responsibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Earth Calling

On some level, we know what we are being called to do. Each of us has a mystical fingerprint that identifies our life’s calling and an inner music whole pull we cannot resist. That mystical fingerprint is unique and powerful. It beckons in a way that may be soft but is always undeniable. If we would listen – and look around – we’d find ourselves surrounded by others on the same journey of discovery, breathing together with us. The reason is simple – because, like you, as they looked around their lives and saw a need – they couldn’t not act.

Knowing isn’t enough; neither is being willing.
We must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What Moves You?

Like a fingerprint, your earth calling is unique. Wherever you live and whatever your age, you were born for these times, and you are not traveling alone. And you have so many choices and entry points, the first dilemma is an easy one: just pick something and start. Everything you do will inform you about where you go next. The operative word is do. Act. Stretch yourself. Learn. Move. Get involved.

The universe abhors a vacuum and loves action. As Goethe said, it’s great to know, to have the data and even wisdom at hand, its’ also great to have a willing heart, but what ignites change is action. Action is any movement’s oxygen and lifeblood.

So begin with a single question: What moves you? What makes your heart pound? What can you simply not look away from? What are you willing to risk?

Some people like to march, others like to write letters to the editor or wield power as armchair activists with online networks. Others are “boots on the ground” networkers who are more comfortable making speeches, rallying people, negotiating with municipal authorities, mediating disagreements, or just keeping the pizza coming at planning meetings.

What Are You Good At?

Are you a networker, a nurturer, a born leader, a visionary? Are you politically or socially connected or know people who are? Are you good at raising funds, compiling data, writing press releases, answering phones, assembling meals, handling statistics, hosting meet-ups, making signs, training others? Are you good at photography or shooting short videos and popping them up on social media sites?

Make an honest assessment of what you have experience doing, are willing to do, or just wnat to learn. Then jump in. You’ll find your place. There are thousands of nonprofits, NGOs, and green organizations that need dependable volunteers to handle the bulk of the day-to-day management of the business of climate activism.

As you serve, you will be served right back by a growing understanding of where you fit, so give it time and use your awakened senses for guidance. It will come. Everyone alive has a place at this table

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the stronger pull of what you really love.
Rumi

Earth is Calling you. How will you answer?

Get your copy of Earth Calling - available at Amazon.

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Earth Calling. boomer warrior

Ellen Gunter is a journalist, spiritual director and climate activist who lectures and writes about the connections between spirituality, the environment and climate change. She is also a Climate Reality presenter and member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Ellen has a Blog and may also be reached on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Rolly Montpellier, boomer warriorRolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s also a Climate Reality leader (Climate Reality Leadership Corps), a blogger, an activist and a Climate Change presenter.

He has been a contributor to the Climate Change Guide, The Canadian, ClimateMama, The Hill Times, World Daily, Georgian Bay News, The Elephant, CounterCurrents, 350Ottawa and MyEarth360. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

5 Responses to Earth Calling

  1. Pingback: A review by the Boomer Warrior, Rolly Montpellier | Earth Calling

  2. Now hey Rolly when I comment here don’t take me wrong, this is a good article and sounds like a hell of a book. but I want to point out something that goes beyond its content bu is still vfery relevant. Here you said:
    “Like a fingerprint, your earth calling is unique. Wherever you live and whatever your age, you were born for these times, and you are not traveling alone. And you have so many choices and entry points, the first dilemma is an easy one: just pick something and start. Everything you do will inform you about where you go next. The operative word is do. Act. Stretch yourself. Learn. Move. Get involved.”

    Right on, but I have to ask the question, who does this apply to in reality? My first answer would be those in the developed world who are well healed and comfortable within their standard of living. Not exclusively of course but they surely would be the ones most capable of acting without it causing major disruptions to their day. But if you take some subsistence farmer in Bangladesh who is just trying to get a crop in and hope there is enough drinking water left for the week and also hoping it’s not so contaminated with arsenic it might kill his youngens, then I’d imagine the response would be “go to hell”. I’m sure their are exceptions, but you gotta remember that 80% of the global population are not in the category of “able to do”. It’s not exclusive to the developing world either. The poverty class in the developed world would typically have the same response as the subsistence farmer.

    It’s a thought, I don’t know what can be done about it, but I think we should be conscious of it.

    • Danny – I’m almost positive I responded to your comment but it doesn’t show up here.

      I agree with your observation that a large majority of world citizens are not in a position to respond when Earth is Calling. You use the example of a subsistence farmer who is more preoccupied with survival than he can be with saving the planet. I get that and I accept that.

      For me Earth Calling is “calling” those of us who are in a position to take action and to do what must be done. I am one of those persons and so are you and so are our friends and neighbors and family. And so are the millions of people in Western society who have the means and the time to devote to repairing the damages they have caused.

      After all, it’s not the subsistence farmer in central Africa who has set this planet on a perilous course. It is those of us who live in the developed world. That is who Earth Calling is trying to reach and trying to galvanize into action.

      Thank you for following BoomerWarrior Danny

  3. http://www.endecocide.eu/

    May I make a suggestion – this is a website that will take anyone to a movement that will protect all people, rich and poor if it can implement some vast changes to how we treat the Earth.

    We can all do something… but many don’t because they simply don’t know about this issues at stake.

    The “Ecocide” movement is not new… it started back in the 1960′s… but momentum has been slow. The movement has been brought back to life by British Lawyer, Polly Higgins who has been fighting now for over 11 years. If an “Ecocide Law” can be implemented in Europe… it will have the same consequences for polluting industries who poison the Earth as “Genocide” has for ruthless dictators who murder their human populations.

    Everyone can do something… they just have to be pointed in the right direction!

    Thanks for sharing the book Rolly – so good for our times!

  4. Colette – thanks for the link. I belong to several Facebook Ecocide Groups where interesting and current material is posted regularly. Just remembered you’re not a FB fan.

    I’ve heard about Polly Higgins. She is an ecocide pioneer.

    I’ve just checked out the EndEcocide website. I’ve bookmarked it. I think it will be an excellent resource.

    By the way – I think you should consider joining Facebook. There are plenty of security options you can use to protect your privacy. Just a friendly suggestion.

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