What exactly do we wish to sustain? A case for the Regenerative Movement over the Sustainability Movement. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
In all fairness, the Sustainability Movement --- a push to make our environment diverse and habitable for generations to come, and the Regeneration Movement ---a push to reset the current paradigm and transform the planet into a habitable place for all living beings --- really are working toward the same end. However, as I have dug deeper into the Regeneration Movement, I can say that this approach is much more precise for the kind of challenges we face today. Here are four examples of what I mean....
Regenerative Agriculture --- The problem with our current agricultural practice is the tremendous amount of chemicals used to grow the crops as well as the horrible stripping away of top soil, leaving the land problematic for years. Regenerative agriculture does three things: restores and maintains top soil, makes the soil reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere and doubles down on the organic movement. That's three for the price of one. Read more here....http://www.regenerationinternational.org/why-regenerative-agriculture/
The Truth and Reconciliation Movement --- Anyone who has been to counseling knows that the first step to healing is first admitting that you have a problem. There is a movement in the world to get countries to do exactly what the South Africans did a few years back. This doesn't mean all problems will be solved when they are acknowledged and are laid bare, but it is hard for any society to survive with hidden and unacknowledged wrongs in it's past. This can be the start of a new beginning for a country....http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/brief/how-grassroots-truth-and-reconciliation-movements-can-further-fight-social-justice-us
The Regenerative Economy --- There are tons of new economic ideas being floated about these days. The only reason they are is because the Fourth Industrial Revolution is demanding something new and that there is a growing lack of confidence, especially among young people about why we should keep what we have when it's not working very well for most people. Here is an idea that provides another view as to how economies can serve more people and the planet...https://www.fastcompany.com/3020653/creating-a-regenerative-economy-to-transform-global-finance-into-a-force-for-good
Regenerative Cities --- With masses of people moving from coastal and war torn metro areas to others, it's time to get ahead of this challenge. The approach of the past has been basically no approach. Unbridled growth was considered a sign of a wealthy community. Not any more. Here is a regenerative cities plan to leverage the technologies of the day to create great metro areas...https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/city-need-regenerative-city/
It's not that the technology or resources don't exist to help us leverage this regenerative approach. It's a matter of collective will and awareness.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com