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In his groundbreaking book “Deep Survival,” author Laurence Gonzalez identifies key traits of real survivors, and we’re not talking your average survivor but folks who survive plane crashes and hike miles to the nearest town; mountaineers who climb down 20,000′ peaks with a broken pelvis. Reading through the just-released IPCC report, I am reminded of Gonzalez’s key findings one of which is the ability to see what’s really happening (and changing) around you, without freezing or denying the truth of the situation.

Clearly this is not a skill the climate-change-is-not-real and the vote-was-rigged protesters possess. We must, therefore, bring them along lest they bring us all down. For despite years of early adapters raising the alarm – myself included, back in 2006, as the founder of the brand EcoMom® – we are nowhere near close to making the changes necessary to keep our planet most hospitable for life. It is imperative that we all do our part to turn the proverbial big ships around. With that, I think of another key trait Gonzales identified among deep survivors: the ability to find a sense of play in the worst of situations, for it is in play that creativity most flourishes. And we so very badly need creativity to solve our most pressing challenges of the day.

The headlines are filled with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement that this report is a “Code Red for Humanity.” Read deeper and there is a call to action. We can do what must be done and the time is now. I maintain hope and faith in the human creativity and I think that it is perhaps in finding ways to “play” together, that we will find ways to see clearly what must be seen and in that, find our way to deep survival.