There is growing momentum behind the idea of a regenerative economy which can be understood as a combination of the next generation of environmental sustainability combined with the next era of capitalism .
The Guardian describes regenerative saying "from beginning to end, the parts of a product can be reused over and over again." It can be contrasted with an "extractive" economy which destroys or pollutes some resources as it produces others. For example, a regenerative approach to farming makes soil richer and the farmer healthier while producing nutritious food.
We are very early in the process of defining what exactly this means, building interest and support, and learning how to make it work best. Thus this newsletter, which will come out weekly with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy. With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world!
The concept of sustainability has been abused like few other terms in history. It is time to think not just about sustaining the world's badly damaged ecosystems and human communities, but about regenerating them instead.
“It’s not a journey where we are backing into the caves,” says Rockström. “It’s a journey of high technology, good health, of better democracy, and huge, multiple benefits that [go] well beyond saving the planet.”
As some of you may have heard, I’ve finally got my hands on a piece of a land and now when I’m finally able to get my hands dirty I’m faced with the reality of my shallow, compacted, alkaline and sometimes waterlogged for months soils. This has come as a huge disappointment …
Motivating and beautiful examples of regenerative projects from around the world.
From cuddling baby pandas to avoiding man-eating tigers, Dr. M. Sanjayan investigates our changing relationships with the wilderness. The severe peril of extraordinary animals and their habitats is ever-present, but Sanjayan focuses on the powerful stories that prove animals and humans can thrive side by side. It’s a new kind of wild, but one on which we all depend.