All-star concert brings awareness to Aspen

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The Box family and relatives squeeze into the elevator dressed in their regalia just before they take to the stage at the Earth’s Call concert on Saturday, May 18 in Aspen, Colo.
Anthony, Morgan, Betty and Edward Box III listen as Edward Box Jr. opens the Earth’s Call concert event with a prayer on Saturday, May 18.
A young Ute Mountain Ute fancy dancer looks out at the crowd as she prepares to dance at the closing song of the Earth’s Call concert.
Morgan, Betty and Edward Box III listen as Edward Box Jr. opens the Earth’s Call concert event with a prayer on Saturday, May 18.
Philman and Kree Lopez wait as Edward Box Jr. finishes the opening prayer and remarks at the Earth’s Call concert.
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The number of organizations, businesses and people who care for and share concerns on global environmentalism has taken off in recent years. Thousands of dedicated supporters and advocates including a newly founded nonprofit organization known as “Earth’s Call” have taken action. Earth’s call is based off of four pillars: discover, accelerate, partner and mobilize, they are dedicated to finding and funding innovative solutions to fight the climate crisis.

To bring even more awareness to the growing climate crisis, Earth’s Call held the first concert of 2019 to combat climate change in Aspen, Colo., where world renowned artists, musicians and special guests were invited to perform at the Benedict Music Tent on Saturday, May 18. Grammy award winning artist, Patti LaBelle was the highlight of the show, but before she danced across the stage, Earth’s Call personally invited the family of Eddie Box Jr. to open the event with a prayer and to share words of encouragement in support of their initiative.

“When you’re here listening, think of the good things that mother earth offers us,” Southern Ute elder, Eddie Box Jr. stated during his opening prayer. “I send blessings to all of you here today, in a good way.” Box and his family were present for the full three-hour concert.

The Box family started collaborating and working with Earth’s Call in 2017. They spent the most time focusing on ways “we can work on improving the environment and bringing awareness to the crisis,” Edward Box III stated. Edward Box, the eldest son of Eddie Box Jr., was the connection for getting members of both the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to the event.

“It was an honor to be invited because in the 50’s my grandpa, Red Ute, went up to the same area to do a similar blessing to bring snow and moisture back, and the fact that my father is now doing this is great to witness,” Edward Box III shared.

Earth’s Call supports the work of over 200 organizations around the world that share their same efforts. Their website describes this as, more is better, “More solutions, more brain power, more funding, more action and more activists—we will be forming partnerships both formal and informal to heal the planet.”

If you want to get involved, simply visit earthscall.org/get-involved/ to sign up as a “First Responder.” These responders are citizens that are inspired to take action, whether small or significant. They are a part of a global movement that is showing that they can answer Earth’s call and are taking action. You can also post your solutions for alleviating this climate crisis online, by using the #EarthsCall and it will be seen on the website’s “Social Wall.”

This concert is the first of many for the future. Earth’s Call is already putting plans together to host the 2020 benefit and awareness concert.

“We come together today, to care for Mother Earth,” Eddie Box Jr. stated. “Give each of us the knowledge and teachings of how individuals can heal and help one another.”

 

 

 

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