Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. – Dr. Suess

Jun 29, 2023

By Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC

In Dr. Suess’ book, The Lorax, the Once-ler is the industrialist (inside all of us) whose greed of the planet’s resources prohibits him from thinking long-term. He cuts down one Truffula Tree after another until none are left. His mantra is Biggering, biggering, biggering. This environmental destruction destroys habitats needed to sustain life for all species.

The Once-ler’s quote above was made in remorse after he had demolished all the trees that plants and animals had relied on for their lives including his own.

The Lorax is that part of us living in connection with Mother Earth where diversity amongst all plants and animals are applauded and protected. My mantra for this is Simplifying, simplifying, simplifying. This is metta or loving kindness.

It was Dr. Suess’ quote that nudged me into dreaming of a new certification program for MCS and into grad school to study the most current environmental emergencies and actions.

One of my learnings: It’s not a climate change. It’s a climate emergency. And just like in any emergency we need to practice engaged mindfulness by being proactive.

As a result instead of going back to school this fall I am collaborating with my university professors in creating and teaching a certification program, Sustainability, Active Hope and Coaching

It’s not just environmental activists who have a high level of burn-out and overwhelm…it’s all of us right now – internally and externally. Coaching + mindfulness + active hope are imperative.

To teach our students how to coach in this depth is my mission for the upcoming years. Please join me for the first certification class, the updated version of Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.  Know that love, gratitude and active hope will be present in all classes!



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