HIGHER GROUND
Rising to Meet Our Environmental Crisis
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Who We Are

The Higher Ground is a diverse and inclusive collaborative of the climate concerned in greater Charleston. We are comprised of people from all walks of life, including non-profit professionals, spiritual and thought leaders, scientists, artists, and policy-makers.

What We Do

We will collaborate to 1) help ourselves and the community live sustainably and 2) safeguard our climate vulnerable region so a future is possible. By applying a range of diverse talents and strategies, Higher Ground will mobilize a broad-based, informed, non-violent constituency of “Groundbreakers”—local Higher Ground supporters prepared to take meaningful and effective action.

To that end, Higher Ground will offer:

  • programs that deepen understanding of our environmental crises<
  • practical ways to simplify and align lifestyles in harmony with earth’s natural, life-sustaining systems and beings
  • decision-making assistance and support to community leaders, businesses, schools, and elected officials
  • self-care tools to remain clear-sighted, happy, and effective as we meet our environmental crisis
  • non-violent calls-to-action to awaken society and institutions to our real and consequential ecological threats, best practices, and solutions

Note: Finding ways to Adapt to warming temperatures and rising sea level is critical to greater Charleston’s future, but that is not our focus. Instead, Higher Ground joins the worldwide effort to curb environmental harm now to reduce the severity and seriousness of climate disruption in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Where Our Work is Done

Higher Ground’s principal geographic focus is the greater Charleston region. In time, our area of engagement may expand to include the entire Lowcountry.

When We Began

Higher Ground’s first public events happened on October 5–7 with a public screening of the movie Walk With Me and the Sophia Institute’s retreat presented by Heather Lyn Mann, Mindful Advocacy for personal and Community Resilience.

Why Higher Ground?

Climate change—it’s real; it’s bad; it’s us; scientists agree; and, there’s hope. Everyone can do something to care for earth’s natural, life-sustaining systems and beings. An organized, lucid, and compassionate minority can help our region reclaim its environmental integrity and safeguard essential natural systems so our children and grandchildren can live and thrive.

Higher Ground Leadership Team

Heather Lyn Mann – Co-Chair
Mohammed Degia – Co-Chair
Carolyn Rivers
Alex Beard
Arnold Nemirow
Bert Keller
Bridget Lussier
Carolee Williams
Cathryn Zommer
Gary Smith
Jessica Hardesty Norris
John Duckworth
Kat Morgan
Mark Wilbert
Peter Lazillotta

The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing….Only from the place of sacred wholeness and reverence can we begin the work of healing, of bringing the world back into balance.

– Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, introduction to Spiritual Ecology
 

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Charleston, SC 29401
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