As a long-time member of Project Heart, I attended a gathering in Chemuyil, Mexico in January of 2019. That was our first "HearTribe" event, where our group of 20 were to dream big about our desired impact on the world.
The week-long event featured a "Dream Machine" by artist Vanessa Borderlight - dream catchers and colored fabrics hung down from large branches gathered from the surrounding jungle. Under the Dream Machine were soft pillows and blankets, so that participants could lay down underneath the Dream Machine and, as someone spun it slowly around, receive the dreams of the universe into your mind.
As an organizer, by the end of the week I hadn't yet experienced the Dream Machine. On the last day before my flight, Vanessa urged me to lay down and as she spun it around, with ambient music playing in the background, the feeling of "environmental community" came to me.
In an excited frenzy, I spent the first hour and a half of my flight back to San Francisco typing four pages of ideas into my phone, which later served as the foundation for Green Earth, the nascent environmental community I imagined.
In the year before Covid, we held six in-person events, starting with Mother Earth's Day at The Secret Alley in San Francisco, culminating our first year with the 100-person "Green Gala" (right), and then ending with a green event for new homebuyers just before the Covid lockdowns occurred.
During Covid, we held four virtual events in partnership with David Fletcher and the Young Event Professionals in Manhattan, plus an additional set of four virtual fundraisers to help those who couldn't afford food, clothes, or school supplies during the pandemic.
From our new outpost in Shushan, New York, we are reorganizing around an app, a kind of Pokémon GO meets the environmental movement, which will encourage people to engage with environmental activities in their neighborhoods and communities.
If you'd like to join the effort in any capacity, please be in touch with us as we grow and evolve.