BSB 177      J. Morris Hicks     (11-30-18)  
Survive & Thrive with "GRATOLA"
Since September, I have been writing and speaking about "GRATOLA" - but now wish to give this special acronym the attention it deserves. Representing an envisioned first step toward a world of harmonious living with nature, the name was derived from:

Green Region - Atlanta To Los Angeles

You may be wondering why this first of four envisioned corridors in the USA should be ten miles wide and why it should be built across the southern part of the country. Good questions...

Maybe parts of GRATOLA will look something like this

Seven Reasons:

1. The ten-mile width makes it easy for most people living in the corridor to walk or ride a bicycle to the trans-continental HyperLoop system in the center.

2. Stretching from Atlanta to L.A., the corridor will be far enough from oceans to avoid many destructive hazards of hurricanes or rising sea levels.

3. The southern location also provides the best possible access to solar energy - an important element in a newly designed environment that will be powered 100% by renewables. 

4. This part of the country has more wide open spaces than other parts of the country - thereby sparing the disruption of more developed areas in the northeast and midwest.

5. There are no challenging mountain ranges to cross on this southern route across the USA.

6. The HyperLoop transit system not only provides highly efficient, and very green, means of transporting people and freight - it also greatly reduces the need for travel via the highly polluting automobiles and airplanes that dominate our transportation today. 

7. With a mild climate and manageable terrain, the southern location will make it easier, quicker and less expensive to build and showcase (to the world) that all-important first leg of the "Shangri-La" lifestyle - a "visual" that  will create the excitement necessary to attract the first residents.  Build it and they will come.

The Bottom Line.  The sooner we have a visible model for the world to replicate, the sooner the world's humans can reach a level of sustainability that will be acceptable to Mother Nature.  

All we need to do is start using the rare assets that Dr. E.O. Wilson says differentiate us from every creature who has ever lived on this planet:  intelligence, goodwill, generosity and enterprise.

By leveraging those rare attributes, we have it within our power to create a way of life that will give us the best possible chance of surviving indefinitely as a species.

How can you help? Three things:

1. Live as green as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of the "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.

2. Help me find audiences who might want to hear a plausible message of action, hope and sustainability. Any Time. Any Place.

3. Circulate my recent Thanksgiving BSB among prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect: Thankful for a Green Pathway Forward 

One more thing. M y April 2018 talk in Honolulu was a compelling story in search of a happy ending. Now it has one with GRATOLA. Here is a link to the 58-minute video of that talk: Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

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.

  Finally, for  your convenience, here are links to a few related BSBs from the past few weeks: 

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Be well,

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

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

Looking for Opportunities to Speak.  Since 2016, my research, writing and speaking has been focused on the sustainability of our ecosystem and our future as a species. With a primary emphasis on food choices, I call it the "most important topic in the history of humanity." 

After all, what could possibly be more important to humans than the survival of our species?

 (now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson) 

Speaking Activity:   In 2018, I spoke at a   VegFest in  Fort Myers, FL,  at the  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, at the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, at a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, and at a health conference in  South Haven, Michigan. Link to Honolulu video:  Food. Health. Planet. Our Future as a Species.

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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