SOS #51    J. Morris Hicks    (4-18-20)  
Book is Finished. More OUTCRIES are Heard.
A few Quotations from OUTCRY

There are a total of 35 environmentally-related quotes that appear at the beginning and at the end of each chapter in our new book that was uploaded to the publisher yesterday. Here are the first three - beginning with the one that follows the Foreword by Mother Nature:

"Conservation is a state of harmony  between 
men and land."  -Aldo Leopold

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."  Chief Seattle, 1854

"The one process now going on, that will take millions of years to correct, is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us."
E.O. Wilson

Now for those new outcries that I read about today on the Arctic News website. Entitled,  Arctic Hit By Ten Tipping Points , this piece was posted four days ago on 4-14-20. It includes many revealing charts and graphs, such as the one below.

This graph shows the sea surface temperature anomaly in the northern hemisphere for the past 24 years. As you can clearly sea, that temperature has been warmer than the 20th century average every single year - with the warmest being now in April of 2020. See link to article below.

As you can read in the online article, the steadily increasing sea surface temperatures for the past 24 years have been steadily rising. Correspondingly, there has been a significant loss of sea ice albedo that is triggered by a loss of sea ice extent and sea ice volume. 

Other tipping points include loss of terrestrial permafrost and a loss of carbon sinks - noting that even with the drop in industrial activity triggered by the pandemic, the loss in carbon sinks continues to climb. As the article stated:

While the COVID-19 lockdowns have caused emissions to come down, especially emissions associated with transport and industry - greenhouse gas levels still appear to be rising at an accelerating pace.

As this chart clearly shows, the CO2 ppm levels continue to rise, with year-on-year increases of over 4 ppm in the last few readings. Close to hitting 418 ppm on April 9, we are now 68 ppm higher than the level that was long considered safe: 350 ppm (see for more info).

The Bottom Line.  The escalating  outcries   from nature reinforce the fact that we're running out of time to get any traction when it comes to slowing climate change enough to buy the time needed for designing, building and populating a completely new civilization that will enable us to actually improve the natural world.

This is the kind of harmony with nature that Dr. James Lovelock says is essential for our survival as a species. Quite honestly, things are not looking that good for our future - but as this quote suggests at the end of the final chapter of the book, we must never give up:

"If we were logical, the future would be bleak, indeed. But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work."  
- Jacques Cousteau

Fulfillment begins on Wednesday, April 22, 
the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

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 that 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.
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:

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