Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ideas for Change

I have a big goal.  A massive goal.  I want to see the world repaired, every single ecosystem regenerated or recreated where it was totally lost.  I want our planet to be in the best damn shape we can possibly leave it in for our future generations.  “Be the change you want to see in the world” keeps ringing in my head.  These are the changes I want to see…but how?  I feel so tiny and the challenge so large, so I started a list of things I felt might kick start the change.  I believe they only scratch the surface, but I have to start somewhere.

  1. Share my ideas and passion to anyone who will listen.  Establish a movement /tribe. Gather all those like-minded people into one place  online to share ideas and create actions.
  2. Develop the most amazing resource rich website ever to support others to be part of the change.  Include themes such as rewinding, permaculture, beyond sustainable farming, fundraising, how to volunteer, how to establish a rewild group and many, many more.  Have case studies, academic papers, practical instructions, guidance materials. Links to seed banks, other service offerings that support our change. A place for shared contribution, learning and support.
  3. Establish trial sites across the world and develop case studies and videos that  show all the stages from start to finish and demonstrate what can be achieved.
  4. Establish Rewilders Inc – an international not-for-profit that provides consulting services and advice, assist with developing grant applications, implement restoration and rewilding projects.  A company that attracts the best of the best. The big thinkers. A company that literally changes the world – one project at a time.

So, now to get from aspirational to actual.  Not quite sure yet how to do that but change has to start somewhere and my personal journey starts here.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi

i have the “what” – the “how” will find a way.

Going with the Flow

I have been talking to some amazing people lately and we have agreed to let our writing “go with the flow” so here I am. Here is my soul. This is the story that troubles me.  It is raw and unedited, but it speaks my heart.

How much damage have we done to this planet? How many deserts and wastelands have we created? Too many to count.  We are constantly contaminating the streams and oceans, all in the name of consumerism.  What about earthism or some other similar ism?  Revolutions of rewilding?  Bring back the wild. Re-enliven all the parts of our world we have effectively killed off.  Restore, revitalise, rewild. That is what we need to do.

I don’t mean to sound evangelistic, I am just passionate.  I have swallowed my voice for too long. These problems are real.  We have blown holes in the earth and left massive gaping holes.  Whole streets are collapsing over the world because we, like worms, are burying under the soil creating tunnels for mines and sucking the very foundations out from under us.  We are deforesting at a speed never seen before. Have we truly forgotten the wonderful lands we had before or are we just ignoring what we know is going to happen. Are we scared to confront it because it is so big?

The deserts, the Welsh moors – once teeming with life now barren landscapes and we think these are normal.  This is not how they have always been. It’s not. Not even close.  These places once flourished with life, forests created their own soils and ecosystems.  People destroyed that, but people can bring the life back.  Most people don’t believe it is possible, or care, but it is possible and some people do care. See Green the Desert as an example.

Although this example is on a tiny scale and not well resources to get it past restore and into revitalise stage, it shows the possibility.  What they learnt from that project was that we need consistent care and management until the restoration is well established. After that it just becomes nurturing because nature can take over from there. It truly is possible.

There is always the question of money – how are we going to fund these projects?  There is more than enough money in the world to revitalise our whole planet, it is a matter or moving the focus.  Imagine all the viable lands available for people again. Reclaiming the deserts and wastelands will provide enough land to feed us. Of course we have to align this with sustainable farming practices.  Not growing miles of monoculture to feed our cattle or to be used as “filler” in our processed foods.  I am talking about real foods, diversity in foods.  Sustainable practices, balance and a holistic approach to the earth. No more stripping and pillaging.  Self-supporting ecosystems that include humans.  Not single minded consumer driven monoculture that exclude every living thing, except humans and money.

Our consumerism is stripping the planet, leaving it naked and exposed. The winds taking the very skin and leaving it lifeless and barren. The lifeblood is being irrigated, polluted and wasted.  Whole river systems are systematically being destroyed, all because we are choosing, yes choosing as even ignorance is a choice, to let them be destroyed. We are not actively caring for the planet.  I suppose it is a bit like our own societies now – short term pleasures being sought with little or no disregard to the long term impacts.  Our health is a perfect example, so many self inflicted diseases and chronic health issues and we think we have the right to make decisions about the planet.  We can’t even make long term health decisions about ourselves, how can we possibly make decisions about our planet when the majority are for the now…the “trust me it will be fine” messages we constantly hear.  Well it’s not fine and I personally am so sick of hearing these messages. They are just untrue and the big corporations have shown us now that their self interest is killing the earth one palm field at a time.  But we have to also take accountability.  The big corporations are providing what we keep buying.

There are caretakers already out there.  A minority who have learned the lessons, the truly inspired. I think this is changing though.  Awareness is raising, almost enough to start making a difference.  These are the people, projects and organisations we should be funnelling our money toward.  Invest in ethical organisations and projects that are making a difference. Stop buying “stuff” and actively supporting the destruction and decimation of our home.

We need two types of people – one to restore and revitalise, the other to revitalise and rewild.  One group that are achieves, the strivers, the ActionJacksons.  The other are the healers, the stable, the holistic mindful operators that can sustain momentum for the long haul – and it will be a long haul.  It has taken many generations to get in such a bad state and it will take consistent effort over many generations to get it right.  What kind of legacy do we want to leave for our children? One of hopelessness, or one with a future, a bright energy filled future?  I choose the latter and it all starts with intent.

So many of the people I have spoken to talk of a restlessness that won’t go away. That something that is not sitting comfortably with them.  They have a feeling that something big is calling them, their passion, their purpose.  They feel it in their very being.

The planet is calling us, I feel it. It is a deep knowing.  It is calling us, just as it always has, but we stopped listening. Our ancestors were connected, but we have forgotten how to hear.  We just sit with our discomfort, searching for the cause but not acknowledging our hearts. We know.  Many of us feel it so strongly it keeps us awake at night.  Stop and listen. Open your heart and feel the energy of nature.  You are awakening to your purpose and the changes will be huge.