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Forward by: SALLY A. RANNEY

“Climate change has, unambiguously, put humanity on notice that we are on the cusp of great change, of making a critical choice about ourselves. Only collaboration at the global level will solve climate change, because it affects all human and natural systems. Nothing and no one will escape. This high level of collaboration can only take place if we let go of the tenets of the existing paradigm.”

For more than three decades, while Connie Baxter Marlow has been on her unfolding journey to the Center of Reality, I have been toiling in the fields of environmentalism to save the genetic archives, and the last best places on Earth, and most recently to avert climate change.  Our paths crossed often in the early years, but less so as we each became more earnest in our endeavors, found partners, and our work took us around the world. But always, when we reached out to each other, it was as if we had had a cup of coffee just the day before. We discovered two old friends coming together in common cause – to understand the true nature of things and the evolution of human consciousness.

Ten years ago in a gathering of indigenous wisdom keepers at the Omega Institute in New York, Connie met her life-partner, writer/filmmaker Andrew Cameron Bailey. It was a match made in heaven, as is obvious once you begin reading The Trust Frequency. To Connie’s visionary Native American-oriented articulations, Andrew brought quantum science, a worldwide comparative religion perspective, and many decades of inner spiritual practice, not to mention the cosmology of the Bushmen of the Kalahari, the world’s oldest living people. This book is the result of that fortuitous meeting in 2003, as is their uplifting documentary film In Search Of The Future: What Do The Wise Ones Know?

As these ideas were evolving, it was essential for me to apply to ‘real life’ what might appear to many to be an esoteric exercise. I asked Connie, then Andrew, the same question year after year: “Where does the rubber hit the road? What are the practical applications of understanding the true nature of things, and how, really, does this make a difference in a person’s every day life?”

It became obvious to me as the years passed, that, even with all the progress conservationists and environmentalists had made, overall we were losing ground. Then, to vastly complicate matters, the accumulation of human-caused carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere now has us on a trajectory to a 4 degrees Celsius (7.6 degrees F) increase in the planet’s temperature. This is total anathema to most of life as we know it. We still have time to avert the worst impacts, if… and this is a very big ‘IF.’ An even more formidable question is: Why are we continuing to do this to ourselves and our children, now that we know what we are doing and understand the consequences of our actions?

The capital ‘IF’ means doing all the things we are now striving towards: limit emissions, get international treaties in place, push for aggressive political and economic solutions, and much more. But that is not enough, and at the end of the day, these measures will not accomplish what is needed, which is essentially saving ourselves from ourselves, and keeping our one and only home planet livable.
The answer to the capital ‘IF,’ and to the questions, is the same – we must change our existing belief system, and the resulting behavior, which has hypnotized us for centuries upon centuries. Those beliefs are underscored with core assumptions that have created a paradigm rooted in fear, doubt, guilt, scarcity, blame, competition and suffering. The products of this paradigm are war, violence, poverty, suppression of women and minorities, terrorism and radical religious fundamentalism, depletion and destruction of nature, nuclear weapons, pollution and the most daunting of all challenges in human history – climate change!

We have all heard about paradigm shifts, but where have you seen a guidebook that charts a path for how to actually shift a paradigm? This is the brilliance of The Trust Frequency. It is a courageous and tenacious navigation through the erroneous assumptions that created the existing planetary situation. It tells us step-by-step how to advance the process of conscious evolution by changing those assumptions and thus manifesting a different reality. We can create a world that each of us in our heart of hearts dearly wants to experience. The tenets of the new paradigm are:

1. Love, gratitude, trust, peace, collaboration, dignity, kindness, sharing, sustainability and abundance.

2. Restoring, respecting and replenishing nature.

Climate change has, unambiguously, put humanity on notice that we are on the cusp of great change, of making a critical choice about ourselves. A problem, as Einstein said, cannot be solved in the same consciousness in which it was created. In the case of climate change, one country, one community, or one technology cannot solve it. Only collaboration at the global level will solve climate change, because it affects all human and natural systems. Nothing and no one will escape. This high level of collaboration can only take place if we let go of the tenets of the existing paradigm. To do so, we have to dig deep into the root cause of humanity’s suffering and our unconscious, harmful actions against one another and Mother Earth. We are being called to explore and upgrade our current assumptions and belief systems, to understand ourselves and to awaken to the reality of the evolution of human consciousness; to find the “high road” to knowing our true nature, the true nature of the Universe, to heal our planet and ourselves.

In view of the above, the timing of this book is profound. The authors bring forth a deep understanding of the genesis of the consensus reality we humans have created in the world. And because change is inevitable, they make the case that a new way of being is inevitable. With free will, we have a choice to design the future. We can usher in an evolutionary leap in human consciousness – for which we have been preparing over the centuries, often by experiencingwhat doesn’t work!

Marlow and Bailey gently open the door to universal truths and awakened consciousness, introducing us carefully and methodically to our defective assumptions; the beliefs that have imprisoned us, limiting our experience of life, our full human potential, and our understanding of the true nature of things. Through deep subterranean inquiry and a synthesis of quantum physics, ‘original knowledge’ of the ancients, and the living wisdom of the indigenous peoples, they demonstrate that quantum physics is now confirming that consciousness is in all things, animate and inanimate, and that everything is connected in the Oneness, the undifferentiated consciousness. Everything. And, that separateness, differentiated consciousness, is merely one of the assumptions we have collectively agreed upon.

The Oneness Consciousness of Being is unconditional, unimpeachable, un-corruptible. It is the omnipresent creative Force and Source of the Universe, experiencing itself through trillions upon trillions upon trillions of manifest forms and the potentiality of the yet un-manifested. We are, like everything else, One with the creative Force and Source. We have the power to create our individual reality, and to co-create and participate in collective realities. We can create our experience of life deliberately or by default. The Universe doesn’t have a preference. It is up to me. It is up to you. It is up to us. After all, we humans developed both the nuclear bomb and the Mona Lisa, as a friend likes to remind me.

So, as conscious manifestations of the Oneness, what we choose individually or collectively, whether it is a thought about our partner, a good deed for a friend, or to go to war with a neighboring country, it is the level and refinement of our consciousness that matters. If the assumptions upon which we base our actions are erroneous, riddled with misbeliefs, fear and doubt, then that is exactly what will manifest in our world. The tricky part of all this is that our reality mirrors our assumptions. As the authors tell us, we have the power to create a catastrophe or a paradise, depending upon how refined our awareness is of the assumptions that hold us in place.

The Trust Frequency identifies the faulty, fear-based assumptions to which we have collectively subscribed, beliefs which fly in the face of the True Nature of the Universe, and which obscure the view of our own true nature. Connie and Andrew have shot a straight arrow directly into the heart of those false beliefs. Further, they have put forth a coherent new set of assumptions for creating the new world. They remind us that collective realities have more power than individual thought-forms, and a new collective reality, a new consensus, is called for at this critical time. Rich with explorations, explanations and history, The Trust Frequency is a must-read for anyone who wants to expand their understanding of human consciousness and potential – anyone who wants to shift their own life from fear to trust and to merge their “separate” ego with the Divine self.

I have come to the conclusion that a shift in the consensus reality is absolutely essential if we are going to really heal climate change. Climate change is a mirror of our present collective interior reality. If the authors’ new assumptions were embraced by the collective free will of society, the vibration of such positive thought forms would change the course of human history. This is a huge undertaking, but it is the only enduring solution. Buckminster Fuller, whom both Connie and I had the privilege of experiencing, said the best way to change a paradigm is to make the old one obsolete. It is not easy, as this book points out. But think about it like this: it wasn’t hard to leave behind telephone booths when cell phones became available, or typewriters when computers came on the market.

“Wisdom comes from the feet,” the Hopi say, referring to direct experience. The reality we experience depends upon our energetic field and our attitude, our world-view. We do have the choice to up-date our assumptions, to upgrade our operational software to the highest, most refined consciousness; to re-calibrate our personal frequencies, expand our understanding, and help create the emerging new way of being, at home, in business, and in the world.

And that is the clarion call of our time, the “Call to Arms,” arms that embrace the Earth with love, gratitude and respect; hearts that are open to the Oneness of all that exists, and each other, in trust, peace, harmony and abundance. With the guidance in this book, we can deliberately and consciously design the future we have always dreamed was possible. We don’t have to run on the fuel of fear any more. We can decide, through our free will, where we want to direct our attention. We humans created the world we live in, and we can re-create it.

Remember, all of the exciting changes and discoveries throughout history were at one time just beyond the edge of our awareness. What we discovered or created was already there! All we need to do is be persistent in our quest for discovery.



IUCN South Korea 2012 - Can Nature Save Us?
By Sally Ranney

Dear friends and colleagues, I was honored to moderate the first "World Leaders' Dialogue" at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea in September. The 2012 Congress brought together 10,000 participants and speakers, including 5,000 conservation experts from 153 countries, to over 600 events. This conference featured the first IUCN “World Leaders’ Dialogue” a series of five dialogues with leaders from business, government and NGO’s. The panel I was invited to moderate was titled “Can Nature Save Us?” and featured:

Moderating this esteemed panel required that I reflect more deeply upon this question. I realized that the question is not “Can Nature Save Us?” but “Can we save ourselves?” I felt that it was critical to rephrase this question so that it was not framed as if we are separate and apart from nature. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that in order for us to save ourselves we must come to terms with something much more fundamental no matter how difficult or uncomfortable.

If nature-based solutions are to endure should we not have to address the root causes of our dilemma? And, if we don’t address root causes to inform solutions, are we then guilty of looking to nature as a temporary “bail out”?

In regards to the theme of this conference Nature+, we should look at the nature pluses are capable of “saving us.” However, in order to fully understand the context, we must also examine the “nature minuses.”

  1. Some 6.2 billion hectares of forest once covered Earth’s landmass. Human expansion has reduced that by about half. Because we usually take the best first, only about a quarter of the world’s old growth forests– remain.
  2. We have dammed an estimated 30,000 miles of rivers, drained aquifers, dried up lakes, and polluted our water tables.
  3. This combined with heating up the atmosphere, results each year, in deserts growing by 6-million hectares, and forests shrinking by 13-million hectares.
  4. In agricultural regions, over half the carbon in the soil is already gone.
  5. We – the “us” in the question, also wash 26-billion tons of this top soil into the sea each year along with toxins, creating dead zones.
  6. We have reduced most large commercial fish species by 60-90% and marine mammals are in more trouble than ever before in our known history. In fact 19,000 species of animals and planets are in danger of extinction.
  7. We have fueled this destruction of natural systems with some 60 trillion gallons of oil that’s been extracted from the Earth along with greed, ignorance and good intentions.
  8. According to the World Resources Institute, the energy produced by that oil is the equivalent of 500-million-years of captured solar energy.
  9. Since the industrial revolution we have increased the total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 60%. The atmosphere is only 10% of the total biosphere of the planet, a thin little layer. But, it is that 10% which determines if life exists, or not, on this planet.
  10. The bottom line: according to Dr. William Rees’ global footprint analysis, originator of the ecological footprint concept, the human enterprise annually overshoots Earth’s renewable productive capacity by one-half.

I can’t help but ask myself the question, What on Earth are we leaving for our children? Do we have a moral imperative for future generations?

This brings up another question embedded in “Can Nature Save Us” that is critical to reprioritizing our values. Can nature, should nature be compromised any further… by one more forest, one more aquifer, one more species, one more ton of CO2? On the other side of the equation, there have hundreds and thousands of “nature plus” efforts afoot, creating a new vision of how to live harmoniously with nature, such as Korea’s Green Growth plan, Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), constructed wetlands, restoration of watersheds, eco-agriculture, sustainable building, and a bounty of nature’s clean, renewable energy sources, just waiting to be tapped and deployed.

The “we” in the question are also engaged in reforestation projects all around the world and bio diversity projects are plentiful. A movement is underway through the Ocean Elders and other ocean conservationists, to protect 20% of oceans by 2020.

But is all this enough?

What is the role of economy of scale in nature-based solutions given the enormity of the dilemma and the tipping point so near where managing climate change will be beyond our control?

Can nature save us?

Only nature, with her evolved genius intact, is the long-term solution. And, humans, don’t forget, are a nature-base solution.

I posit that we are being called upon to redefine our core values and our relationship within and to nature. We are being invited to collaborate at a scale like never before in human history.

This requires real change, a deep change, a new narrative, a paradigm shift. It will require
  • A change of values – redefining wealth and worth.
  • A change in consumption patterns.
  • A change in our mobility and the hyper-mobility to which we now feel entitled
  • A change in energy sourcing and deployment, and use.
  • A change in legal structures in order to value Rights of Nature to exist, persist and regenerate as a balance to development.
  • A change in economic drivers – the environment driving the economy, rather than the economy driving the economy for growth’s sake.
  • And, a change of heart—at all levels including governance, business, and society.
Where is the real traction in a paradigm shift?
  • low emissions,
  • low waste,
  • high efficiency,
  • better product design,
  • low inputs,
  • less raw and virgin materials used,
  • less and stabilized population,
  • environment-driven markets,
  • and re-ordered investment priorities

It means the Tragedy of the Bio diversity Commons – the building blocks of life – is no longer acceptable. It means greed can no longer run the show, nor can ignorance. Remember, We, are the ones who created the Mona Lisa...and the nuclear bomb. We are on the cusp of greatness. It is our choice.

What do you think? Can nature save us?





Rio Earth Summit 2012
By Sally Ranney

June 24, 2012

In 1992, I attended the Rio Earth Summit, the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. I was witness to exciting, groundbreaking benchmarks established by the world community for addressing environmental degradation, empowerment of women, and sustainable development. At that conference, I was privileged to chair a session with thirty-five countries represented, on the need for large-landscape and ecosystem restoration, including reforestation, desertification and ocean health.

As a result of this conversation, the Earth Restoration Alliance was born. Over the last twenty years ERA has worked diligently to protect eco-systems and bio diversity. I am proud to say that ERA was instrumental in saving over 700,000 acres threatened by logging in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, assisted local land trusts protecting areas of significant ecological value, supported carbon sequestration studies, and developed a national public service youth conservation corps called the ‘Earth Corps’ which laid the framework for what became Americorps.

Here we are twenty years later, and again I had the privilege of attending the second UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20. Through eraGlobal’s work with the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC), we helped organize a UN sanctioned side-event titled “Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future”. Mobilizing women across various sectors and cultures, and across economic status to take informed, social, economic and political action on climate change and sustainability - in solidarity - is the Clarion Call of our time! The event was an outstanding success, and touted to be one of the best NGO and civil society events at Rio + 20. This event launched the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI), for which I serve as the Co-Director.

In addition, eraGlobal supported “The Symposium on Clean Energy Solutions for Brazil’s 21st Century” sponsored by Amazon Watch and co-sponsored by the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI). he mission of the symposium was to chart a roadmap for renewable energy strategies in Brazil to replace the proposed Belo Monte dam.

In addition, I attended meetings on The Ocean Elders, discussions focusing on the Secretary General's initiative on Sustainable Energy for All, breakfast events for the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, Energy, Gender and Economic Growth, and dialogues about how to accelerate the Millennium Development Goals through youth initiatives. I moderated an armchair discussion at the World Green Summit with the Helle Thorning-Schmidt the Prime Minister of Denmark, Richard Branson, and Ted Turner, and of course, was able to take advantage of the galactic networking opportunities at Rio.

But, what really sticks in my mind and heart is leaving Rio. On my flight back to the States I looked down across the Amazon region at midnight upon many more lights than were there twenty years ago and could see fires in the distance. I wondered to myself why action has been so slow to come on these issues from my home country. Has affluence entrapped us in the material world so much so that we have forgotten the nobility of common sense, and making decisions in the interest of the common good? Are we really willing to close our eyes and allow the Tragedy of the Commons to prevail in deference to special interests and unruly politics?

A terminal optimist, I believe we have not forgotten. But, we are having difficulty as a species to live up to the potential that resides in the best of our nature. Our technological prowess has outstripped our wisdom, and greed has blinded our vision.

However, we can change the trajectory. As a friend once told me – “It is like a baseball game. We are in the 7th inning. We are down two runs and have a man on base. We have two innings to go. The game is not over.”

The way I see it, we have to stay in play, because too much is at stake not to win.

Hope you will work with us to stay in the game.





By Sally Ranney

This past summer will go down in the history books as the hottest ever on record. No longer on the doorstep, climate change is now the proverbial elephant in our living room. The impacts are upon us, from droughts and wildfires to freak windstorms and fierce flooding. Food security is at stake along with our children’s future on a planet that works. Yet, and almost not surprising we continue to fall short, failing to adequately address this critical global problem. This was most keenly demonstrated by a dismal lack of leadership by governments at Rio+20 in June to act at the speed and scale necessary to insure arresting climate change.

Acknowledging that this is the new reality, we have launched eraGlobal Alliance, the reinvigorated and newly named Earth Restoration Alliance (ERA), a 503(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1992.

The name ‘eraGlobal’ was selected to more accurately reflect the scope of our present work. eraGlobal’s commitment is to protect, preserve, reclaim, restore and regenerate Earth’s living systems with a targeted focus on addressing climate change. We carry out this mission through a variety of modalities, such as providing strategic support, establishing innovative, collaborative alliances; catalyzing and initiating projects and mobilizing constituencies to take informed action on climate change and related issues. eraGlobal’s programmatic focus--

Gather leaders to participate in constructive dialogues to determine implementable strategies for mitigation and adaptation. (Learn more about AREDAY and IWECI)

Promote and advance public awareness. (Learn more about A Matter of Degree Media)

Initiate as well as advance existing projects that promote the coupling of peace and environmental sustainability to preserve bio diversity and restore environmental degradation. (Learn more about Dove Project and Amazon Watch)

Educate and mobilize constituencies to engage in informed social, economic and political action. (Learn more about iMatter)

Leverage those impacted the most from environmental degradation and climate change to help usher in new technologies and solutions. (Learn more about IWECI)

The atmosphere is only 10% of the total biosphere of the planet. The other 90% of the biosphere--including life on Earth--is dependent upon this thin layer of gases maintaining a specific balance, which is now in peril. Climate change is the umbrella issue of our time--there is no escape, no place to hide and no time or room for denial. We are at a tipping point. This requires a new paradigm of values and behavior, a new understanding, new thinking, new leaders, and new economies if we are to pull out of the trajectory we are on.

We welcome your participation and involvement in our efforts. Given what’s at stake, we are determined and committed to ushering in a sustainable and peaceful future. We invite you to join us. Please visit our facebook page.







Current Articles of Importance

Rewrite The Aims of the Economic Revolution –
Word for Word
Andrew Simms theguardian.com, Tuesday 3 December 2013 08.46 EST

Rising environmental and economic instabilities make it imperative to redefine old plans on our own terms Andrew Simms - theguardian.com, Tuesday 3 December 2013 08.46 EST

The founding principles of neoliberalism needs reworking. A spasm of interest in radical overhaul of the "system" seems to have foundered on the killer question: "Where's the plan for a different one?" But, with the prospects for an urgently needed green economy being suffocated daily by business as usual, how difficult can it be to rewrite the failing, founding principles of mainstream, planet-eating, people-crushing, neoliberal economics? Not difficult at all, it turns out. In some cases you just need to change a few words to turn the world around. With celebrities talking revolution, students walking out of unreconstructed university economics lectures, and allegations flying of departments stuck in doctrine and dogma, it could prove a timely correction, as market analysts might say.


The remaining carbon budget
AirClim.org March 2011

Between 750 Gt and 1000 Gt of global CO2 emissions is all that remains if the world is to have a 75 per cent chance of staying below the 2°C target, according to three reports. In the Cancun agreements reached last December the United Nations adopted for the first time a target that global average temperature increase due to global warming should stay below 2°C compared with pre-industrial levels. It was also decided in Cancun that the UN should now analyse a 1.5°C target and the paths required to reach it. The next IPCC 5th Assessment Report, to be published in 2013/2014, will include a 1.5°C scenario. Read more...


These Are The Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World
Paul Reig, Andrew Maddocks and Francis Gassert - December 12, 2013

Stable and abundant water supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to come by on a warming planet with a growing population. And according to new data, 37 countries in the world already face "extremely high" levels of water stress.

The Washington, DC environmental research organization World Resources Institute released the data from their Aqueduct project Thursday. Extremely high water stress means that more than 80 percent of the water available to the agricultural, domestic and industrial users in a country is being withdrawn annually and that the risk of water scarcity in a region is remarkably high. Read more...


Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows
Dana Nuccitelli theguardian.com Tuesday 10 December 2013

A new paper shows that global warming has continued over the past decade, and been manifested in different ways.
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