Are we [children] even on your list of priorities?
— Greta Thunberg at 15 years old



In 2014, Glaciologist Eric Rignot suggested that there may yet be a chance to slow down the West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s rapid irreversible decline and “a different level of communication” is required to translate the gravity of what he and his peers see. The VOW 2 ACT is offered as a practice response to Eric Rignot’s call with emphasis on “walking the talk” as the primary different level of communication needed.

Grounded in the philosophy of mutual aid, the VOW 2 ACT is written and affirmed with understanding that the ecological health crisis is driven by human spiritual crisis.

The VOW 2 ACT is a commitment to do what we can do because we can and while we can to end slavery and feed the hunger without doing further harm.

Plenty, when it exists, is derived from common plenty.

Sharing yields peace of mind—something that’s actually worth the effort.

Now, the sea is lifting above its shore, the harvest is faltering,
and seasons arrive and depart in disorder.
— Robinson Meyer, A Grave Climate Warning
Future In Hands by   Denise Monaghan

Future In Hands by Denise Monaghan

Power is like an egg: if you hold it too tightly, it will break in your hand; if you do not hold it firmly enough, it will slip out of your hand and, again, break. Power needs to be exercised with neither too much severity nor too much laxness.

It is a profound image that compares power to something as precious as an egg, which carries the germ of life. For it is true: those who are in power hold the lives of people in their grasp.
— Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso

TRUE REBELLION— o be a different level of communication, to “Be the change”

The VOW 2 ACT signals a commitment to true transformation of the individual toward truly radical solutions to collective ills—to true rebellion.

Rebellion as honesty, compassion, and kindness.

Rebellion as the ability to see one’s own potential for ignorance and to refrain from ignorance.

The ability to see one’s own potential for greed and to refrain from greed.

The ability to see one’s own potential for hatred and refrain from hatred.

The ability to practice compassion toward oneself and others when we fail.

Because it’s all practice.

Absolutely it’s reversible. There’s no question about it. … but hope has to pass the sobriety test and walk a pretty straight line to reality. Otherwise, it’s delusion.
— Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown Interview
Precipice by   Denise Monaghan

Precipice by Denise Monaghan

How greenhouse gas drawdown is accomplished will not only determine who and how many survive, but whether that survival is a continuation of present-day inequalities and abuses—degenerative—or a return to compassionate socioeconomic policies and practices—generative.

The generative course is possible if there is willingness to share in light of short-term sacrifice, an emphasis on energy efficiency and general waste reduction, and reviving biological and cultural diversity.

One can model the honesty, fairness, unconditional love, and compassion that help children thrive in bleak hours as in hours of plenty. One can learn and show others how to process challenging emotions and resolve conflicts of interest peacefully. Rather than pointing fingers at others, one ought to model compassion, honesty, understanding, and accountability.


Adults can show CHILDREN that they ALL are now and will always be as they ought to have always been the answer to WHY? 


“The poorest half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - is responsible for just 10% of carbon emissions, despite being the most threatened by the catastrophic storms, droughts, and other severe weather shocks linked to climate change.” (OXFAM International, 2015)

“Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere from human activities have come from deforestation.” (

Earth Overshoot Day - the day when human consumption of common means in a given year exceeds what can regenerate in that year happened August 1 in 2018, two months earlier than in 2006. Overshoot Day varies by country according to what land area would be required for the entire human population to live the lifestyle of the average human in that country.

The 2018 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report shows that populations of undomesticated species declined by 60% between 1970 and 2014. Human population more than doubled during that time—some 7.7 billion humans in 2018.

The air has changed dramatically since the greenhouse effect was first hypothesized in 1896. “Pre-industrial levels of carbon dioxide (prior to the start of the Industrial Revolution) were about 280 parts per million by volume (ppm)” (UCR) … “Carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a level not seen in 3-5 million years.” (BBC News)

Seventeen of the 18 hottest years in 136 years recorded have occurred since 2001. 2016, the hottest of all. (stats via NASA – Earth’s vital signs)

We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do?
— Wendell Berry, 2013 interview with Bill Moyers

The VOW was originally published in the ‘What can be done?’ section of Unpsychology Magazine’s Climate Minds Anthology, available free for download.

With thanks to All, please read, affirm, and share the VOW 2 ACT.