SOS #49    J. Morris Hicks    (3-23-20)  
Covid-19 Silver Lining - Part II
Beginning with some good news, our book, OUTCRY, is now available on Amazon pre-order. If you order now, your copy and will automatically download to all of your devices on Earth Day next month.

We took great care in choosing a meaningful release date. Exactly thirty days from today - our book will be released on April 22 - the fiftieth anniversary of EARTH DAY.

Where were you on that first Earth Day? And what did it mean to you? I was a 25-year old, recently married, junior officer in the United States Coast Guard - based at the Coast Guard Base on an island in the middle of Honolulu Harbor. Life was good, I drove a white MGB to work from Diamond Head everyday, earned an MBA at U.H. night school, went scuba-diving on weekends and had not a care in the world.

Ensign Hicks salutes Commander Riley

As for Earth Day in 1970 in Honolulu, I have absolutely no memory of it whatsoever. Over the years, I began to take notice of Earth Day and would actually try to do a few good things for the environment on that day. I am embarrassed to say that I never thought a great deal about the crisis that was brewing in the natural world - until thirty two years later in 2002.

Over the years, as I became more and more aware of the unsustainable nature of the way we were living, I began to lose confidence with the various environmental groups who talk a lot about the environment but never produce a roadmap showing exactly what we must do in order to live in harmony with nature - and therefore be able to survive as a species.

Their failure to provide that roadmap is exactly what inspired us to write this book calling for the urgent need for a "successor" civilization that will answer first to the needs of nature - thereby giving all of the children of the world a viable pathway forward for a long, long time. 

Coronavirus Silver Lining Part II . Since posting the most recent SOS Memo last Monday, I have added another chapter to our book: Jolted into Thinking Differently . Here's an excerpt:

If there is a silver lining, and we believe that there will be, we may not feel its beneficial effects for quite a few years. But much later, historians may record that the Earth-shattering wake-up call we received in early 2020 - ultimately jolted us into urgently working to reinvent our grossly unsustainable relationship with the biosphere that gives us life.

If, due to the global pandemonium surrounding Covid-19, thousands of leaders are inspired to organize, promote and conduct far-reaching projects aimed at the re-invention and transformation of our modern civilization into one that can coexist in harmony with nature - then that would be the 
possible silver lining to which we were referring on the cover of this book.

Scroll on down for a link to the complete preview, including the Table of Contents, Foreword, and Introduction along with endorsements from around the globe.

Last week's SOS Memo: Is there a Covid-19 Silver Lining

E-books are far greener. For environmental reasons, our book is only available in an e-book format. As such, no trees have to die and the books do not need to be manufactured and shipped to customers. As a bonus, the books are less expensive, while providing readers immediate access to hundreds of references via hyperlinks that appear herein. 

The books are also searchable and you can copy and paste excerpts - greatly enhancing the reading experience. For us, this decision was a no brainer, as we would feel like hypocrites if we had chosen to distribute this book in any other format. 

Finally, if you have three electronic devices, you essentially get three copies for the price of one.  

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks

PS: You may be wondering how you can help promote the never-ending search for a way to save our species. You can get me in front of some audiences who you think might be ready to hear about the long-overdue, global "conversation" about our survival.

During this time of social distancing, I would be happy to speak to your group via a highly sustainable, virtual mode. While it is snowing here in Vermont tomorrow morning, I will be speaking to a junior high school class in Chile. 
You can join my mailing list and/or find all of my previous postings by visiting the SOS Memos page on my website Here are a few of them:

As always, I am just trying to spark a global conversation about what is needed. By sharing a vision of what I believe is possible, I hope to influence others to think bigger, better and bolder.   


As for speaking, I continue to search for mainstream audiences who may have an interest in learning more about a realistically hopeful vision for our future - and their role in making that vision come true.

As such, I will travel anywhere for an opportunity to speak to one or more groups in each city that I visit. I will create a custom presentation for each audience and I only ask for travel expense reimbursement and a modest honorarium.

In the months ahead, I will continue to focus on the urgent need for a totally reinvented greening of our civilization - beginning with a model in the USA that could be applied globally over the next fifty years. 

Upcoming talks : There are lots of open dates on my calendar as my next scheduled talk is  at Camp Plant-Stock in Black Mountain, NC, in August.

As for the specifics of my topic, I invite you to  contact me directly  about how I might tailor my presentation to best suit an audience you may have in mind: 

Universities,  churches,  think-tanks, legislative bodies, environmental  organizations, alumni associations, leadership clubs, PTA's  and/or civic groups who may appreciate a message of reality and hope for our future. 

Please let me hear from you directly regarding any ideas or questions you may have.

What else can you do to help? Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of "big picture" solutions that are crucially necessary for saving our civilization.

2. Share this BSB and my  "Mama Ain't Happy" BSB with prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect. They need to learn a lot more about the many reasons why  Mama ain't happy.

3. Here are a few more GRATOLA-related blogs that you can share with your most powerful friends, leaders, journalists and movie producers.

Click here for links  to all blogs and SOS Memos since 2016

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

This SOS Memo series was created by:

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

In the past two years, I have spoken at a  VegFest in
Fort Myers, at  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, at a lakeside health conference in  South Haven, Michigan, in Buffalo, NY, at the University of Scranton, at Dr.  Fuhrman's  Golden Gate Health Getaway  in California and at the Healthy World Sedona Health and Sustainability Conference in AZ.

To schedule a presentation at a venue near you, please contact me at

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Moonglow J. Morris Hicks

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