SOS #35    J. Morris Hicks    (12-10-19)  
Promoting GREEN Gifts for Christmas

Last week, I wrote about our outrageously wasteful and ecologically harmful holiday celebration customs here in the USA. And within that piece, I provided links to some of the greenest gifts out there, a few e-books regarding sustainability of our civilization and the future of humanity.

Building on that thought, I decided to provide you with a list of about a dozen, ultra-green e-books that you might want to give to your loved ones this holiday season.  Here is my top-ten list of the many things I love about e-books:

As for the meaning of ultra-green
That is my term for e-books that that are focused on promoting actions to improve the environment.

So, with that in mind, I have pulled together a list of eleven books (by eight authors) that you might want to choose as green gifts for family or friends. Not only will you be saving time and money, you will also be enlightening your loved ones relative to what is arguably the most  important topic in the history of humanity - our future as a species.

As a way of introducing most of the authors of the e-books featured below, I will use this slide from my public talks regarding the nine "big picture" scientists who have provided the foundation for my education on this most crucial of topics.

All nine of these scientists share one belief in common: The conviction that unless significant changes are made very soon in the way we all live, that we will drive our species to near-term extinction. How soon? Most of them say within a hundred years, although one is predicting our ultimate demise before 2030.

The three scientists on the top row are deceased: Jacques Cousteau, Frank Fenner and Robert Goodland. Although I don't have any of their e-books on my list, I do feature them prominently in the book that I am currently writing.

The six living scientists in the second and third rows are listed in order of their ages: James Lovelock, E.O. Wilson, T. Colin Campbell, Peter Wadhams, Guy McPherson and Stephen Emmott - and I have met the four youngest on the list.

My own conclusion is that we still have a chance to design and build a habitat for ourselves that will enable our species to survive indefinitely in harmony with the biosphere that gives us life. As I explained in an SOS Memo two weeks ago, our chances may not be that great, but, for the children of the world, we must never give up.

All of the authors listed below have contributed not only to my understanding of the dilemma we are facing, but have also helped to inspire me to envision and promote a road map for moving forward. The first one on my list, Dr. James Lovelock, turned 100 in July of 2019 and apparently he's still out walking five miles a day. 

Author #1: James Lovelock (UK) Age 100. A  truly "big picture" scientist who is famous for his GAIA Theory that the Earth is a    self-regulating "system" of which humans are a part. Lovelock has serious doubts about our future as a species, concluding:    If the Earth improves as a result of our presence, then we will flourish. If it doesn't, then we will die off.   
  • His 2015 book, Rough Ride to the Futuredoes not seem to suggest that we are doing a very good job of improving the Earth; hence our chances of longterm survival are not that good. Click title link to purchase e-book on Amazon for $9.99.
  • His 2019 book, Novacene, sounds a bit more hopeful as he envisions how AI cyborgs could play a pivotal role in helping us build a sustainable civilization that we could share with them. Click title link to purchase e-book for $12.99
Author #2: E.O. Wilson (USA) Age 90.  Twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, this world renown  Harvard professor of biology provides powerful guidelines for human survival in the three books listed below. A notable quote: Science and religion are two of the most potent forces on Earth and they should come together to save the creation.
  • His 2014 book, The Meaning of Human Existence is a truly powerful eye-opener that is one of my favorite books of all time. I particularly like the final chapter, "Alone and Free in the Universe," and have listened to it more than ten times on Audible in my car. Click title link to purchase e-book for $8.74.
Author #3: T. Colin Campbell (USA) Age 85My good friend and colleague, he is the Cornell professor who connected the dots between what we eat, human disease and the survival of the biosphere that gives us life. In the introduction of his 2014 book, WHOLE, he stated: What we eat individually and collectively, has repercussions far beyond our waistlines and blood pressure readings. No less than our future as a species hangs in the balance.    
  • His 2005 book, The China Study,  has been read by millions and has played a role in saving many lives. It's included here because of its powerful endorsement of plant-based eating not only for our own health but for the health of the planet. Click the title link to purchase the e-book for $9.99.
  • His 2013 book, WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. At the time of publication, I was working closely with Colin on his non-profit board and was honored to be asked to write a praise that appears in the front of this book. Click the title link to purchase the e-book for $10.99. 
Dr. Campbell's books about nutrition are included on this list because of my own conclusions regarding the urgency of shifting away from eating animal-based foods due to their production cycle which is so destructive to many elements of our fragile  environment.

Author #4: Peter Wadhams (UK) Age 71 Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Cambridge and arguably the world's leading authority on the relationship between the melting of the Arctic Ocean and climate change. Highly  aware of the horrors that await us if climate change is not slowed soon, he states:  Our only chance is to urgently begin removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
  • His 2017 Book, A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic. As Dr. Wadhams explains in this book, what happens in the Arctic, doesn't stay in the Arctic - and it is of critical importance to the survival of humanity. Click title link to purchase the e-book for $9.99.
Author #5: Guy McPherson (USA) Age 59Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of Arizona and a conservation biologist, he is arguably the best-informed scientist in the world when it comes to the linkage between climate change and the ability of our species to survive. No one likes his conclusions about near-term human extinction, but who are we to say that he is wrong?
  • His 2019 Book, Only Love Remains, Dancing at the Edge of Extinction. A highly principled scientist, he provides peer-reviewed documentation for just about everything he reports in this book. His own projection of the timing of our extinction is what disturbs people. Click the title link to purchase the e-book for $8.99. 
Author #6: Stephen Emmott (UK) Age 59For sixteen years, he was the Director of Computational Science at Microsoft. Based on the global breadth of his work, he is arguably one of the best-informed scientists in the world when it comes to predicting the future of humanity. 
  • His 2013 book, TEN BILLION, Deforestation. Species extinction. Desertification. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us. Click on the title link above to purchase the e-book for $11.99. 

Author #7: David Wallace-Wells (USA). He is a  2004 graduate of Brown University in history and is an American journalist known for his research and reporting on climate change. His alarming 2017 essay in New York Magazine was later expanded to his book with the same title. He is one of the few mainstream journalists who has published the brutal truths about climate change and what it means to our future as a species. 

Author #8: Yours Truly. After nine years of studying about the impact of our food choices on our health AND our environment, I wrote this book in 2011. My primary sources were experts who are now friends and colleagues, notables like Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. T. Colin Campbell and leading environmental authors like John Robbins and Howard Lyman. 

This book was designed to pull together all of the relevant information on this broad topic into one compact book that could easily be read and understood by any high school graduate in one afternoon. The e-book sells for $9.99.

One final comment. As I prepared this SOS Memo over the past few days, I have decided to practice what I preach and will only offer an e-copy version of my upcoming book, OUTCRY. 

Merry Christmas!
Season's Greetings! 

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 .


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. 
My first blog on the crucial topic of totally reinventing our civilization was  posted 9-21-18 and  heads the list below. It was all about GRATOLA, an acronym that refers to the "green region" corridor running from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

Since then, I have posted more than forty additional pieces on that topic, including  this one on 9-4-19  in which I introduced the GBN (Great Big Northern) - one 25-mile wide corridor along the USA's northernmost border that would theoretically be capable of sustainably housing ALL 300+ million Americans in an area the size of Oregon.

You can find all of my SOS Memos at this page on my website. Here are a few of them:
As always, I will continue to focus on this crucial topic - in my research, my writing and my speaking.   

Recently scheduled talks: A  VegFest in Sedona, Arizona in January and at Camp Plant-Stock in Black Mountain, NC, in August of 2020.

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 and at the Dr.  Joel Fuhrman  Golden Gate Health Getaway  in California near the Silicon Valley. 

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

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