This world, planet Earth, our HOME, is the BOMB! It is life, breath, food, sustenance in every way.
Earth is the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the water we swim in, the substance in which we live, move and have our being.
Earth is broken and it is beautiful...and we are ABOUT to let is slip right through our fingers.
And THAT, my friends, keeps me up at night. It makes my insides gnaw and lights a fire under my ass. It keeps me going when I want to stop. And I want nothing more than for the state of our planet to ignite the same kind of response in you.
Can you even begin to imagine a world void of green?Do you let yourself go there? Really go there? An increasing number of people on our planet don't have to imagine any longer. Void of green IS their reality.
I have lived in those places. I have seen ravaged mountainsides. I have left babies in NICU isolettes because, through layers of hospital walls and HVAC filters, the OUTSIDE found its way INSIDE and smoky air prevailed.
I have seen my favorite mountain bike trails bereft of my favorite golden yellow leaves in autumn due to an invasive bug that traveled halfway around the globe on a shipping crate. It managed to wipe out hundreds of thousands of Ash trees in less than a decade because we wanted to be guaranteed a lower price tag for the goods we buy.
I like a good deal as much as anyone. But the painful truth is that we have exchanged one price tag for a much bigger one...and that bigger one is coming due.
In my relatively short life on planet Earth living from coast to coast and across the ocean blue, I have lived through countless storms described as unusual, abnormal, irregular, unseasonable. I have seen mountainsides cleared for pipeline installations and disgusting trash choking riverways while tv sets pipe in commercials about the beautiful things a prosperous life will buy and the promise that these things will bring happiness.
You see the news. What do you do with what you see? Where do you store that information inside of you? I wish that I could ignore it and get on with my badass self and a badass life.
I can't! I just can't.
I cannot look my daughters in the eyes knowing I am not doing the very best I can to ensure they are afforded the same access to beautiful green spaces that I have been blessed to climb, hike, bike, camp, play, sail, swim, have sex in.
And I bet if you are reading this you can't either. Or at least it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so.
You are not alone. According to a recent UN poll, 62% of humans around the globe are downright ANXIOUS about Climate Change.
We humans have become masters at numbing out. But from my own experience leading thousands of individuals through deeply transformative processes, I see proof time and time again that we do best, feel best, live best when we stop numbing out and start waking up to the full potential of who we can be in this magnificent and needy world that needs us to be our very best!
Waking up hurts at first. Sometimes a lot. But if we refuse to go back to our numbing agents and do all we can to wake the hell up, we eventually feel something that feels like stirring, inspiration, internal nudging to do something about that which we feel uncomfortable about.
Unless we are under the influence of numbing agents, we are physiologically HARDWIRED TO ACT when we feel pain or discomfort. We yank our hand off a hot stove, retract from a sharp knife, and scratch the itch that results from the larger than life mosquitoes that descend in droves during Wisconsin summers. The problem with Climate Change is that it is a slow moving discomfort and our numbing agents are still working too well. We need to opt out of using them or the slow creep of climate change will move in like a rushing tsunami and wipe us all out. As we have seen with Covid, there are no borders to a global problem...and if there is one thing we know for certain, Climate Change is affecting us all.
My purpose in starting kellyGREENcoaching is to help you stop hitting the snooze button, allow yourself to get aware and even uncomfortable with the serious issue that climate change is...and then get connected, get inspired, and take action! Powerful Action!
Do you want to act but feel overwhelmed by where and how to get started? Do you doubt whether recycling and composting will be enough? You have good reason to feel this way.
Are you entrenched in a life you worked hard to design, one that checks all the ‘responsible adult’ boxes, but coming up short on how exactly to ‘save the planet’ from a course collision with disaster and secure a viable future for our children?
I get you 100%! And I am here to help. I want to be your Catalyst for Climate Action. And I want you, in turn, to be a Catalyst for Climate Action in the world you currently live in...in the circles you twirl in and within the spheres of influence you already have in place.
I LOVE our green and blue planet. Of all the amazing planets twirling around in our solar system, this one is HOME! It feeds, nourishes, and sustains me in every way!
I am fired up to Catalyze powerful inspired Climate Action and I want to help you get fired up too!
Yah, I hear the but’s...
“But I’m busy living the life I already worked so damn hard to create! And I’m not a scientist or sustainability expert so what can I even bring to this movement that will make a difference?”
I know this voice. It has chirped at me too. And it has threatened to take the wind out of my sails on this seemingly impossible mission.
But guess what?! We don’t have an option. There is no time to wait to become an expert before we get started. We must roll up our sleeves and act powerfully now because our window of opportunity is closing in on us!
My personal vision is for each and every human around the globe, ESPECIALLY those of us with resource and financial means at our disposal, to get grounded and connected with who we are, why we are here, how our life path has prepared us for this work thus far, and discover what unique contributions we can make on the Climate Action front!
If you are reading this, you totally have it in you to be a powerful force for change and a Climate Action Catalyst! Trust me, your kids may not have the words for it but they are counting on you to do this work!
The best part, and I say this from experience, is that taking action is invigorating, inspiring and totally energizing! It’s a game changer if you suffer from eco-anxiety. And 62% of humans around the glove do. A hidden perk is the it will likely even add to your bottom line!
Climate Action is the single best insurance policy money can’t buy toward a thriving future!
If you feel called to take the next step, I’m ready to engage you in a powerful and forward moving conversation to help you get started. If you want a sounding board, an accountability partner, and a powerful space-holder as you embark on a process of change, I’m fired up to be all that for you and more!
I’m Kelly Isabelle DeMarco, a Catalyst for Climate Action! I am deeply passionate about all things green and growing. I want ensure that humans for generations to come can enjoy the simple good pleasures of planet earth...tumbling down grassy green hillsides, frolicking in fields, climbing rugged paths bordered by green meadows chock full of wildflowers and nestling in moist green leafy embankments while being mesmerized by rambling fresh water.
My profound love for our planet, combined with thirty years of partnering with people through processes of deep transformation, inspired me to launch kellyGREENcoaching & consulting.
As a healthcare worker, sustainability leader, National Board Certified Occupational Therapist and Health & Wellness Coach, and one who has witnessed the ravages of climate change firsthand, in multiple places around the globe, I know with every fiber of my being that our time to act is now. We MUST act now!
No college degree, insurance policy or retirement fund will ward off this emergency. None of these things will even matter if our planet becomes uninhabitable. Random inclement weather events and global pandemics like COVID are just a taste of what's to come if climate change goes unchecked. If you don't believe me, then my services are not for you.
While much has been set in motion, scientists have informed us that powerful and widespread action might alter our course and mitigate the worst effects of climate change. I take heart and find hope in that word 'might'. That five letter word gives me room to breathe...and act. Having worked in healthcare on the outskirts of a Colorado wildfire and through this recent pandemic, I am willing to go all in for a 'might'. The alternatives are unthinkable and I cannot see any downside worth its merit to doing all we can to green our planet.
If you are reading this, you likely agree and feel ready to act too! If you need a catalyst to help you get started, I invite you to schedule a Climate Catalyst Call. Click here to answer a few vital questions so we can get started. This could very well be the most important work of your life!
Do you suffer from eco-anxiety?
Does the state of our planet and the increasing news about environmental catastrophes, abnormal weather events and the climate crisis freak the sh*t out of you?!
Does the onslaught of climate change speak make you want to crawl back in a hole for a long winter's nap, numb yourself to oblivion, or busy yourself with an eternal cue of on-demand TV shows?
Or do you glut yourself with news on the topic to the point of feeling completely helpless to do anything meaningful about the matter?
Or perhaps you find yourself holding fast to old harmful habits despite their impact on the planet simply because change feels hard and those habits bring you joy when experienced in a vacuum?
If you are experiencing any of the above, you are in good company!
But what if there were a way out of your anxiety?
I can tell you from personal experience there is!
While the term is fairly recent, my first bout of eco-anxiety was triggered in the summer of 1990 while standing in line at a supermarket in Brussels, Belgium. A headline in the International Herald Tribune caught my attention like a sounding gong referencing predictions of climate instability and water wars.
I have since learned that this was the year the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report was published. The panel itself was formed in 1988, the year I graduated from high school. My internal response to those 5 minutes standing in that line shaped my life trajectory.
I would not have called myself an activist back then or even in the 30 years since. Only recently do I claim this title. But as I look back and take stock of what I was doing over the years following my first awakening to the looming crisis, I can see that it getting active was my only way out of anxiety. It was through action that I was able to find peace. And over the years since that life changing moment, action has looked a lot of different ways.
As the climate crisis grows and eco-anxiety threatens to swallow humans whole, I feel a burning desire to help. Thirty years of taking action in a myriad of different ways to self-manage my own anxiety on this issue gives me a wealth of valuable experience and expertise to draw from.
I'm Kelly, a climate action Catalyst. I want to help you find peace and make yourself at home on a planet in peril. I want to help you shift from 'anxiety to action' and pave the way for thriving people on a thriving planet for generations to come!
According to a recent United Nation’s Poll, 68% of humans around the planet are suffering from eco-anxiety. Odds are, if you are reading this, you are one of them! You have a hunch about what you must do but you are stuck in your own swirling emotions and overwhelmed by how to get started. From what I observe as a sustainability leader, anxiety and overwhelm are two of our biggest enemies in the climate fight. They stop us cold in our tracks. Beyond anxiety and overwhelm resides a powerhouse of potential to protect our planet in peril. To get there, we must dig deep and know with every fiber of our being WHY this work is vital and WHY the time to act is now! My WHY are my daughters, my family, and the human beings I serve in healthcare. My WHY are the pristine wilderness areas like the ones scattered throughout this website that I have had the good fortune to experience during my blessed life. You MUST know your WHY with every fiber of your being. The action that stems from this kind of knowing is potent and purposeful, passionate and powerful. Acting from your why is your ticket to peace during this otherwise tumultuous time. Working with me won’t be easy. It will be messy and you are going to feel stuff. You are going to wake up to who you are as a planetary being and to your WHY in the climate action arena.
Identify your WHY in the realm of sustainability and climate action.
Identify the gap between where you are and where you would like to be on your sustainability journey. What obstacles do you face?
Find you Know which of earth's elements you most relate to and how that can serve you on the sustainability front.
Implement strategies to sustain yourself to avoid burnout.
Create a powerful vision for the world you wish to live in and ground it into the cells of your being through art.
Explore arenas of action that are of interest to you; identify ONE action you will take this week and identify who can support you in this commitment.
Explore opportunities within the domains of recreation, occupation, spiritual and lifestyle to determine opportunities for sustainability shifts.
Take a 10,000 foot view to identify your spheres of influence and determine are expand your impact; small actions repeated thousands of times over make a big difference.
What you get:
radical shift from Anxious to Active
6 bi-weekly group coaching sessions
intimate group setting limited to 6 participants
unlimited email access
benefit of my personal and professional networks
private Facebook group membership for one year
walk away with a heart-centered Climate Action Plan that is holistic, comprehensive, and unique to you
During our time together we will explore:
Your Strategies for Self Care
When our 6 sessions end, you will be ready to serve our planet following a personalized plan that is rooted in peace, purpose and passion.
Helping you create your own Climate Action Plan!
Why do you need a Climate Action Plan?
Being in action will help you to mitigate eco-anxiety. Action is momentum. Forward movement. Best insurance policy for your future that money can't buy!
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
"Unless a whole ul lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax