On Friday night, Earth called. By Sunday evening, that call had been answered.

Earth’s Call is a new nonprofit organization fully committed to finding and funding the most innovative solutions to combating the climate crisis. The organization officially launched on Friday night with a three-day Celebration Weekend, with multiple components, each of which was geared toward the organization’s ultimate goal: reducing global temperatures and healing the planet.
The weekend kicked off on Friday, as event attendees and Earth’s Call staff teamed up to take part in various environmental clean-up activities, including trash pick up, fence painting, a visit to a land fill, and even an educational eco-flight tour of the area, in which the pilot guide pointed out areas of ecological devastation (and noted that, from a 2,000-foot viewpoint, one can readily see the damage that climate change has caused, including the havoc wreaked by beetles on area flora).

Saturday started off with Earth’s Call’s own innovation lab, Composing the Future, in which some 80 experts from across a variety of disciplines (including biological psychologist Diana Reiss, Mayan activist Grandmother Flordemayo, and Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality leader Daisy Khan) broke into groups of eight — each tied to a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) — and spent much of the day developing solutions, which they shared with the larger group at the end of day.

After a light reception for the Composing the Future team, a major global concert kicked off at the Benedict Music Tent, in which Grammy Award winners Colbie Caillat, Anthony Hamilton, Mickey Hart, Patti LaBelle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Natalia Lafourcade, and Alan Parsons shared the stage with global messengers of conscience, newcomers the Compton Kidz Club, and the Earth Symphony Orchestra, backed by the immersive special effects of renowned Broadway team Batwin + Robin. The show concluded with a finale featuring all of the artists, as well as representatives of the Southern Ute native American tribe, in an all-star jam to the song “Taking It To the Streets.”

The concert was viewed by more than one million people globally.
On Sunday, the stage belonged to Harmonizing the Future, a full day of high-level talks on the climate crisis, the environment, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Highlights (among many) were the opening ceremony, in which youthful leaders from around the globe implored attendees to help them caretake the planet, noting on more than one occasion that “Youth are perhaps 25% of the present, but 100% of the future.” Youth leaders like Melati and Isabel Wijsen (Indonesia), Danni Washington (USA), Xiuhtexcatl Martinez (Mexico) joined other leaders like Cecilia Conrad (Lever for Change, a new affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation with which Earth’s Call is partnering) and Jane Seymour (actress and activist) for a rousing opening that carried into the rest of the day’s events.
Each of the subsequent panels had a Weaver and a Scribe, who took down highlights of the discussion, including significant audience participation, and those highlights were shared in a day-ending Town Hall.
Though there were three components — Composing the Future, the concert, and Harmonizing the Future — that established the framework of the weekend, one of the real highlights of the event was the networking, socializing, and connecting of optimistic and energized attendees, who basked in the magic of the Aspen Meadows campus (and who experienced four seasons in one day, as snow and sun took alternate turns in the sky’s center stage).
Earth’s Call itself has four pillars in its mission to find and fund innovative solutions to the climate crisis: Discover (unearth new solutions); Accelerate (rapidly fund those ideas); Mobilization (using art, music, and humor to catalyze and activate an army of First Responders who can answer Earth’s Call); and Partnership (collaborating with other organizations, such as Lever for Change, to effectively execute the other three pillars).
In its opening weekend as a new nonprofit, those that attended and participated in Earth’s Call helped set the organization on its way to achieving those four pillars, and to help us all answer Earth’s Call.

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