We are mobilizing 2 billion people to change the system!


The LiveHOPE Festival’s mission is to create a series of annual events from 2020 to 2030 to mobilize 2 billion people to take action on the climate, humanitarian, and environmental emergencies, centered on fulfilling our Earth Restoration Plan (which includes the Enhanced Sustainable Development Goals) by 2030.

For the 2020 edition of the LiveHOPE Festival, we will be focused on saving the lives of 45 million people in Ethiopia and 13 other countries of Africa from human-induced drought and poverty, thus fulfilling SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 13: Restore the Climate.

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. Hans Hofmann

LiveHOPE is the LiveAID & Woodstock of the 21st Century!

Call to Action to Restore the Climate & Environment 

The LiveHOPE Festival is an indigenous people led initiative. More than 2 years in the planning. the LiveHOPE Festival is immediately launching a series of global actions, leading up to seven days massive global multi-city LiveAID styled event taking place from September 17 through 23, 2020. LiveHOPE is the LiveAID & Woodstock of the 21st Century. The organizers of LiveHOPE are environmentalists, Indigenous peoples and social activists that emerged from the Standing Rock NODAPL global pipeline protest and the People’s Climate March. The people most disenfranchised and affected by poverty, the climate and environmental emergencies are stepping up to organize LiveHOPE and to take direct action to restore the climate and our environment. The LiveHOPE organizers are the keepers of the Tree of Life blueprint (a Planetary Restoration Plan (aka the Earth Restoration Plan) for the future of humanity; LiveHOPE is the implementation of the blueprint to restore the climate and our environment, while simultaneously ending global poverty in our lifetime.

“LiveHOPE supports Natural Law, which is the protection of all Creation, life, water, trees, animals, humanity, and air. All life is sacred. We must defend life. Indigenous peoples have been at the forefront of defending life and Mother Earth worldwide, putting their bodies and lives on the line. LiveHOPE honors the hundreds of indigenous activists that have been assassinated annually for defending the sacred, including the tribes in the front lines fighting the fires in the Amazon Jungle”, says Sheri Lewis, an Executive Producer of LiveHOPE Festival from the Coahuiltecan/Lipan Apache (Adopted by Dine’ (Navajo).

For the 35th anniversary of LiveAID, the LiveHOPE Festival is putting out an “Urgent Call to Action and Open Invitation” for the world’s most socially conscious artists, people and organizations to join hands with indigenous people to take direct action on this inter-linked climate, humanitarian, and environmental emergencies, with a focus on restoring the climate and the environment. We will also provide relief for the disasters caused by climate change including saving the lives of 45 mil people in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa (worst drought of the 21st century), protecting the Amazon Rainforest from fires and helping the 70,000 people devastated by hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. This is an emergency and we need all hands on deck to out the fire. 

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez from the Earth Guardians and the Children’s Trust says, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The actions those in power take and decisions they make today, will determine the kind of world future generations inherit.”

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student from Sweden, captured the attention of the world recently when she shamed climate change negotiators at a United Nations climate summit in Poland. “You are not mature enough to tell it like is,” she said at the COP24 summit.

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. Thomas Browne


Prayer for Peace at the United Nations with the founders of LiveHOPE and Spiritual Elder Bobby C. Billie (Seminoles & Miccosukee Tribe)

The LiveHOPE Festival was founded by social activists Sheri Lewis (Comanche/Dine/Navajo), Mesfin Zaid (Ethiopia/Eritrea), and David Kam (Hakka People) after emerging from the Standing Rock DAPL oil pipeline protests, and the People’s Climate March.

The founders of LiveHOPE has been planning this LiveHOPE gathering since 2017, right after the NODAPL Pipeline Protests, starting with a prayer for peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea at the United Nations in New York City. A peace treaty was signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea several months after the prayer to end the 10 years war.

Then the founders went to Standing Rock in 2018 to speak to the Standing Rock Tribal Council about the LiveHOPE Festival. One of the reasons for having “Standing Rock, North Dakota” as one of our venues for the LiveHOPE Festival is because of its historical importance, including the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Trail of Tears and the police brutality during the 2016-2017 NODAPL Pipeline Protests.

In 2020, the LiveHOPE Festival will not only be a mega-concert at Standing Rock but there will also be a historic “Gathering of 1,000 Indigenous Nations from around the world representing 370 million indigenous peoples” to officially form their own indigenous united nations, called Free Nations United to Heal Our Mother Earth (aka “Free Nations” or Free Nations H.O.M.E.). This is expected to be one of the largest indigenous federations of the 21st century. We expect to build an independent assembly building to house the 1,000 indigenous nations near the U.N. in New York. The last such permanent federation happened when a Shawnee named Tecumseh unified a large multi-tribal confederacy in the early 19th century.

2018 LiveHOPE Planning Session. The LiveHOPE Founders at Standing Rock, from right to left, Sheri Lewis, Mesfin Zaid, and David Kam. At the center is Mike Faith, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Tribal Council

The founders of the LiveHOPE Festival believe that if we cannot find solutions in the current extractive economy which only benefits 1% of the world’s richest population, it becomes quite obvious that we must change the system or create an alternative system that works for everyone.

As Buckminster Fuller said: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

We believe that anything man-made can be changed if it is not working. We are holding the blueprint to restore the climate, while simultaneously ending extreme poverty worldwide. This blueprint came in the form of a dream (vision) to LiveHOPE founder David Kam about replanting the Tree of Life. We are implementing this solution via the LiveHOPE Festival.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. John Lubbock