INVOKING THE PAUSE ("ITP") is an environmental small grants program designed to advance public awareness and engagement about climate change issues.  The hallmark of ITP is a creative 'pause' - a gift of time -to seed reflection in interdisciplinary and collaborative ways to spur innovation and impact.


'Entering the Mystery'  by Maggie Kaplan

We help enterprising people cultivate imaginative ideas to help sustain the health and vitality of our planet and steward the preservation of its ecological integrity. 

Welcome to our community!

We include, but are not limited to, scientists, artists, community activists, cultural creatives, educators, writers, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, social entrepreneurs, and locavores. 

- Maggie Kaplan, Founder

Recent Blog Posts

fracking.jpgAward winning journalist and 2014 Invoking the Pause Grant Partner Mark Herstgaard reports on the highly controversial drilling method known as fracking and its environmental impacts in the state of California and our future.

Fracking is the new front line in the fight against climate change, and with the help of Invoking the Pause my journalistic colleagues and I recently provided important new ammunition.  Focusing on the debate over fracking in California, we produced deeply reported, eyewitness accounts that appeared in print and online in The Nation and on public radio in the Bay Area first on KALW’s “CrossCurrents” program and soon nationwide on the NPR program, "Latino USA."  I collaborated with Lisa Morehouse, a freelance radio producer in San Francisco, melding our skills as journalists and learning from one another’s respective areas of expertise—she as a stellar sound hound, me as a veteran print guy.  You can find links to our stories here: first, The Nation story then the two radio stories: and here:

Screen_Shot_2013_11_14_at_12.30.08_PM.pngClimate activist and Invoking the Pause Grant Partner Heidi Quante of HighWaterLine, takes the concepts from her first ITP grant project with collaborator and HighWaterLine New York artist Eve Mosher, to the next level with an ITP "Seeding Possibilities" grant. As a result, Heidi recounts the workshops she conducted in the UK:  

"Due to generous support from Invoking the Pause, I traveled to Bristol, England in the early part of 2014 to lead the first HighWaterLine | UK workshop.  In this workshop myself, Isobel Tarr (the on the ground Co-Coordinator for HighWaterLine | UK) and Alison Crowther (who has devoted over 20 years to working on climate change issues in the UK), led a 2 part workshop that brought together diverse community members in Bristol."  » Read More

As You Sow

 "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."              -Muhammad Ali

It is hard for most people to imagine life without fossil fuels. They're present in almost all aspects of our daily lives. They facilitate nearly everything we do. Are we in love? » Read More

Gov_Iowa.jpgBy Nicole Lederer of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) 
E2 is a 2014 Invoking the Pause Grant Partner

This photo illustrates the remarkable impact of E2's ITP-sponsored retreat to Iowa.  Governor Branstad of Iowa has not been particularly focused on meeting with clean energy advocates, and many of our partner organizations had tried and failed to get in to his office.  But because we were able to rally a very compelling group of his own constituents, ... » Read More

E2 - Environmental Entrepreneurs Bob Keefe is the executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Bob reflects on their recent "pause" and entwines us in the tapestry created by the coming together of such diverse participants.

The farmer, the warrior, the football player, the former small-town mayor, the entrepreneurs and the rest of us came together from every part of the country to the middle of the nation's heartland. Over two days, the differences between us faded away like green in the summertime corn.

Thanks to Invoking the Pause, we were all able to set aside precious time and focus for just a moment in our lives on one of the most simple, most important but most ignored components of good communications: Effectively telling our own stories.

What we quickly realized was that whether we come from the left, the right or the center of our country, our individual stories are powerful tools for advocacy for action on climate change. » Read More