Month: November 2021

An Ocean of Thanks, Giving to Islands

Thank you! Yes, YOU! An ocean of thanks with your kind thoughts, willingness to listen and share over the years with our World Team project, especially with our 501 c3 nonprofit World Team Now.  We appreciate all who volunteer as we embark on the ocean,  atmosphere nexus and giving to islands.   The seeds planted the past decades have  landed in fertile ground, are watered,  and we’ve started to see the change embraced with growth.

Photo shot in Central Park, an example of a Heat Island, temperatures are warmer and the leaves are on trees. in late November now.

I am not only referring only to Climate Change, but the severity of the situation with social and environmental tension climaxing.  May these crises ultimately build greater health  for our world.  There is evidence that humanity is finally considering nature to be a greater priority, and it is about time.

At this “giving” time we are in a flood— yes of Noah’s time’s proportion— of not only information and data, but also incredible organizations all vying for resources.  We are encouraging the prioritization of your own well- being first and to consider where you can make a small change to live more intimately with nature, and plant more seeds of change.

We at World Team Now prioritized small islands in the Global South, as they seemed to have the “least,” in terms of development and yet  are “most’ vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We have realized that when it comes to nature we have much to learn from natural based solutions, to live intimately with the ocean, and in better balance collectively.   Now with the ocean, we all can support resiliency as a priority and together share the resources needed to meet the crises with opportunities.

The ocean reaches us all, and we found ourselves starting at home first these past two years.  If you have resources to give, know they will go to one of our campaigns: our ocean experiential educational curricula, barrier islands, nature-based and renewable systems solutions, our alternative energy and transportation projects, planting seeds, net zero buildings, heat islands programs and biodiversity, beginning with the ocean, and with what floats ( like the mangrove seed). The cheerleader in us says, “give us a T. E.A.M.” T.ime, E.nergy, A.ction or Money, it takes TEAMwork for the clichéd dream to work. We appreciate it if you are able to participate.

Islands also include the “Heat island” phenomena that we are experiencing in large cities, like in New York City. As temperatures rise the quality of life, on the island of Manhattan related to nature; water, air and food, and the amount of pollution and waste to combat, is considerable.  We are a long way from  sustainable development, the SDGs and reaching  global goals. ‘Islanding” can also be caused by power outages, fires, mudslides, floods like we experienced in California and this includes barrier islands too, where we have also been based.  We feel obligated to give back especially knowing the history and the legacy of how land, and many forms of “ownership”  has played out through “civil society”  in his-story, and we all realize it is time for a new story, our story– each story,  us all together.

Purple Phalaenopsis, by Suzanne Maxx

We are still gathering the larger scale resources to use media to tell-a-vision, and we are so thankful to experience the myriad  of options to connect us virtually.   The format of media with advertising, that is used in social media, is what we have to work with now. We are eager for the change and using social media at the request of others. For this campaign we chose a modest amount, in proportion to building World Team to scale. We will be reaching out here more going forward.

More people  are prioritizing these collective challenges, just take a look at the youth moving into action, and indigenous people.

Embracing this conscious change for systems change moves us closer to both the personal and collective transformation needed for the future we want. Yet it will take the whole world to be together as a team to play to transform our selves, and the world.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed, fulfilling, and peaceful Thanksgiving.




Onwards for the Ocean and Islands

© By Suzanne Maxx

Thanks for your interest in our work to contribute to islands, and ocean awareness. It is going to take teamwork and we plan to continue teaming up.

Although back now in my native island of Manhattan, after living on a barrier island to complete the journey through writing the book series. The ocean educational materials seem like a drop of water in the ocean.  We plan to share all that we are working to develop. Nature based solutions— the OCEAN Curricula grows with the work I continued to do with observation of wild dolphins, whales, sea turtles, blue herons, among many species with rich biodiversity. This has inspired a deeper educational path along the World Team© Journey.

From Artisanal Fishing, Sustainable Seafood to Law of the Sea, the ocean is paramount.  The ocean/atmosphere nexus comes into collective focus in this UN Decade of the Ocean.

Community Renewable Energy Microgrids, and EV/Hydrogen, Solar, Tidal and Wind Energy, are all becoming more “eco” economically viable and ecologically a priority and we continue to work to make renewable and alternative systems adopted.

A shout-out to the community in the social environment movement who continue the legacy for transformation since Rio 1992 Earth Summit/Global Forum where the emergency is declared within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We are thankful and inspired by the rise of the youth movement and indigenous leaders now active in UK Glasgow at COP26 (conference of the parties) who are committed to see a renewed future.

While world leaders look to be struggling on how to move rapidly towards the 1.5 levels of carbon targets— unless there is a surprise on the global stage of action, we need to embrace a more resilient future.  As we rise to re-prioritize a quality of life together, the community based small scale projects will go further with greater public engagement for land-water based programs.  We are organizing to roll it out, and team it up for a healthier planet.

We will share more publicly (when the time aligns) with opportunities to participate in ocean clinics. If more people fall in love with the ocean from intimate experiences in the sea, the better chance we have in seeing the kind of change the next generation urges.

Living on islands and coastal regions most of my life, I witnessed that the vulnerability and need for resiliency continues to increase at a rapid pace. We continue to offer consulting on water, alternative transportation, EV charging, and green hydrogen with community microgrids of renewable energy. It is becoming more valuable to have the back-up power generation needed for independence from utilities. We are consulting with solutions.

The indigenous leadership on stewardship with nature-based solutions continues to inspire our approach to community-based projects unique to each place as we locally team-up.  How humanity lives in balance with nature is key to us, and we invite you to grow in that inquiry with us, together.

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