Just imagine you have the power to address the world’s most significant challenge: climate change. Well, you do! You are the one who can change everything. That may sound like a tall order to place on your shoulders. Topics around the climate emergency have finally gone main stream and politicians are beginning to accept that is a serious challenge, but there is still way too little action, it will simply take too long. The fact remains that the actions of just one person has the power to make a strong impact on everyone and everything in their corner of the world. More than ever, it is time to lead by example. And those seemingly small changes can produce big results. By leveraging each person’s access to knowledge, collaboration, resources, behavior change, and your precious time, people can start the process of re-generation of our planet and our shared surroundings. This essay is a practical guide on how to address climate change. And you are our best hope.
Why write this guide?
There are great books, movies, and articles on climate change. I strongly recommend reading as many as you can get your hands on. It is the most pressing issue of our time. It is a complex and multi-faceted problem that, left unaddressed, will have catastrophic consequences. There is an abundance of crises, but climate change is the mother of all troubles. It is an ecological crisis, an economic crisis, a human crisis, a factual crisis, a democratic crisis, and a crisis of trust. The repercussions of our ignorance about climate change creates refugees, hunger, and ecological change of epic proportion. This deep crisis of life is threatening our dignified life. And it is a problem with a clear solution that is accomplished through study, research, understanding the causes, and learning about potential remedies. From scientific papers to fiction to how-to guides, there are many materials on the topic of climate change at your hands. However, it is hard to gain an overview of potential activities, on a personal level, within our companies, communities, and in our society that have an impact.
We have to go beyond sustainability. Our objective should be to regenerate, just like nature is doing to bounce back from our “Schockstarre.” Our mission is to survive the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch where humans significantly impact earth’s geology and ecosystems. We must try to ensure that our grandchildren have a future and avoid the massive refugee streams that will overrun all societies if we do not stop climate change.
I am writing this guide from a possibilistic perspective — what you can do to regenerate and how you can step out of your comfort zone, grow, and make a difference. This essay is about you. You can help. You must help.
The wave is coming, and it is massive and, undoubtedly, deadly. The ground is shaking; the birds warn each other, flying high into the air, then scattering in all directions. As we sit on the world’s beaches drinking cocktails in the sun, we are a bit uneasy, sensing the tension in the air that the earth is irreparably changing. We turn to the culture and find that the masses have, in many cases, disconnected from the concepts of authenticity and reality. One glance at our smart phones confirms this sad reality. It offers us an abundance of fake news, unnecessary products to buy, and phony profiles of manipulated personalities — all proof the humans should not thrive on being.
No, I will not write about climate change in this manner. A lot has already been said and documented. In recent years, though, we have gained additional scientific clarity. We have felt the trembling of the tsunami of climate change. If you want to learn about it, stop here, read those books, tune in to the quality media, listen to the scientists, and just use your common sense.
This guide is about something else. This guide is about you. It is about your life and what you can do to have a better and more fulfilled existence by living in harmony with nature. This essay takes a possibilistic spin on our future, empowering us to do what’s possible and exploring what we can achieve for ourselves and our future grandchildren. It is about our possibilities and the simple steps we can take in our personal lives, organizations, communities, and society.
Nature has given us the gift of evolution. Homo sapiens is a knowledgeable creature with impressive capabilities. In recent years we have created the internet and, with it, intelligent machines that allow us to store and expand knowledge over generations to build new systems and make new discoveries. We can create new food sources, modes of transportation, travel to space, create new creatures, and collaborate across boundaries. We are a busy species. But we feel the ground shaking signaling an urgency to do more individually as well as collectively.
Climate change is the effect, not the cause for our unease and our deadly future or destiny. The reason is something different; it lies deep within every one of us. It is driving us in the wrong direction at an ever-increasing pace. We are running as fast as we can — but in the wrong direction. We are over-committed — locked in a system we have created that enslaves us, distracts us, and desensitizes us to the cries of the earth. The animals are screaming loudly in their tiny cages, where we imprison them to fatten with genetically manipulated foods before resigning them to their fate to be trained to entertainment us or slaughtered and eaten.
FULL STOP! You know all this.
“Only if we understand will we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.” — Jane Goodall
So why do people do little or nothing to assist in the never-ending battle against climate change. The answer might be found in our sense of hopelessness and helplessness. The belief that there is nothing one person can do or that a single person’s efforts are inconsequential has helped to paralyze a generation.
The truth, however, will embolden you as you learn that the power is in your heart and in your hands to change. It is your purpose that can make a difference. Use your purpose. This essay is all about showing you how you can do that.
You are the one
You are the one! The one we have been waiting for. Thank you for being here. Your purpose is to be the transformation needed, and your actions will lead the way into the positive future that we are all aspiring to create. Our future is in your hands. You are the re-generation.
You might ask — how can that be? Within ourselves, we always suspected we are something special. Something magical. It resides in the heart of every human. It speaks more loudly in some than others because the pressures of life, our doubts and insecurities, and the limiting words of unbelief coming from the people around us may dampen its sound. But the voice inside, though quiet, is never silent. As kids and young adults, we dream of roles we can take and heroes we aspire to be. We want to be loved and cared for. Now the time has come to unleash that magic, to step out and be the one who makes the difference.
Stop your heart, just for one single beat. Let it start again, slowly pumping new blood through your veins. Just like your heart regenerates and recirculates your blood, your energy will restore and renew the planet also. You are reborn, at one with nature. You breathe the air, drink the water, walk the earth, and eat its fruits. And from now on, you regenerate as part of nature. In every action you perform to breathe life into the earth, you improve the lives and well-being of every animal, plant, insect, and person.
Your purpose is the re-generation.
Start from within. Let your heart be the source of this regeneration. Wake up tomorrow morning and set out on a mission to regenerate. From tomorrow on, you embark on a beautiful and fulfilling journey — a journey that will heal your wounds and the wounds of nature. You will be proud of the trip and the impact you will have. You live on far beyond your days with the mark you will leave behind. When you go to your final rest, you become immortalized in the very soil you fought to save. We are the re-generation, a blessed, powerful, and happy generation that changes our evolutionary trajectory and creates a new balance touching all parts of our ecosystem.
You have the power. And you have been given all the tools. The evolution, hard work, and suffering of all the ancestral creatures have put you in this magical position. You have access to the world’s knowledge. You are a master of science. Humans can summon an energy so powerful that we can blast the earth into oblivion with a touch of a button. In the same way we can destroy, we can create. No longer life-enders, we transform into life-givers. You are a creator of life, and you can alter it at your will. You can explore the universe and see the tiniest molecules. The world is in your hands.
But now you need to wake up to the reality of your awesome power combined with your somber obligation. You are the one. It’s in your hands. We need you! You are one with nature. You are not separated from nature; you are an integral part. You are particular because you are one with nature and all its creatures and evolutionary wisdom. As an integral part of nature, you have a critical role to play.
Start using your given powers to regenerate rather than destroy. Take simple steps at first, and then grow and expand. No, sustainability is not enough; always go beyond one step to regenerate. It is that one simple step further that changes the game. Though it is just one step, its effects are like taking a giant leap. You have the power to make all your actions sustainable, and you go one step further to help regenerate. That one additional tree you plant, the extra trash you pick up, composting matter beyond your usage, that child you help beyond your children, and that time you spend with an older person who is not your parent are what makes the planet great again.
You are leading the way. Your path will result in happiness and joy from within and will produce satisfaction and pleasure that no money can buy. Your body, its organs, and your mind will be healthy. You will live a fulfilled life. You will glow so luminously from within; it will be noticeable to others. They will follow your light. We will go beyond stopping our CO2 overproduction. We will relearn ancestral wisdom and combine it with modern science. We will go beyond anything we have imagined. We will regenerate, and we will make the planet great again. In return, we will gain health, satisfaction, and even love. We will achieve what we strived to obtain from our very beginning. Awaken to this beautiful journey.
Slow down to move fast
The COVID-19 crisis has been a gift in many ways, despite all the personal tragedies. It has shown us that we can change our behavior significantly if we have enough incentive to do so. We have learned that we don’t need to travel around the planet but can spend good days in our homes and surroundings. We can work together around the globe from our home base to reduce travel-related CO2 emissions significantly. We have learned that our behavior has a direct impact on others surrounding us. And we have learned to slow down. Our pulse has diminished from a hectic 110 down to 80, and it might make sense to reduce it even more to a mere 60 beats. Work smart, not hard, do the right things right. There are pearls of wisdom we heard over and over again but never managed to incorporate in our daily existence. COVID-19 forced us to do what we have needed to do all along.
Stop and breathe the air around you. Feel the ground beneath you pushing back. Smell the scent of fresh air. Hear the leaves in the morning breeze and watch the flowers grow. Observe the snails lazily making their way across the land and the sun rising and the stars shifting. There is beautiful magic around us as nature cycles through its path of evolution. Be part of it for one moment, then for every moment. Breathe. Listen. Enjoy. Slow down.
Being at one with nature allows us to adjust our rhythm to our surroundings. It will enable us to feel the abundance of time — the years, months, hours, seconds, and moments. Each moment can feel like a lifetime when you slow the pace of your world. And if you count all moments, they make up an almost infinite amount of time we have to regenerate in our lives. We have so much time to give back and give more to our surroundings to help improve things. We have seemingly unlimited time.
What is causing our hectic lives? Our restless souls, running from meeting to meeting, traveling in high-speed trains, racing to finish our goals just a few milliseconds earlier, beating others in the race, always setting new records. We are jumping higher and higher, running faster and faster. It is coming from within ourselves; we are the root cause. If we slow down, we can discover small things to observe nature’s change. We can see something for the first time, or we can see something for the last time.
When we slow down and adapt to nature’s rhythm around us, we become part of our surroundings and the spirits that come with them. Our heartbeat slows, our thoughts escape, we sense and feel the wonders surrounding us. We can then appreciate our surroundings and understand that we are part of nature to sustain ourselves in our environment. We come to value the little things; we touch and interact carefully, honoring and feeling the wonders of being alive.
Slowing down helps us in consuming less and consuming wisely. It makes us reflect and sense the impact of our actions. It allows us to choose wisely, behave sustainably in our surroundings while appreciating the moment and the things and beings surrounding us. We are happier and healthier when we are in tune with our surroundings, with less craving to change. This craving causes us to seek out, alter our environment, consume more, go further and faster, destroy our surroundings and our basis for life in the process. The craving increases when we have little time, feel stressed, and pressured. That’s why we are speeding towards climate change.
Once we slow down, become one with our surroundings, and be aware, we can direct ourselves to regenerate. From the state of equilibrium, we can start thoughtful little actions, consider the impact wisely, and help regenerate our surroundings. We can take the time to talk to our loved ones; we can take care of each other; we can reflect on our impact, our footprint. We can take active steps in reducing the world’s CO2 emissions, regenerate our soil, grow, and prepare our foods. We can support the creatures, invent new methods and processes that reduce our footprint while allowing us to thrive and be happy in our surroundings, and enjoy every moment of our lives. Live happy and healthy, in tune with our environment.
Moving at a slower pace allows us to initiate and enhance the process of re-generation. Every step we take from then on, every additional energy we invest in regenerating, will speed up the healing process and speed up our system’s change. The change starts within us. The transformation begins with you and spreads from there to others like a virus transmitted simply by breathing. One breath at a time. Peaceful and calm.
Zen. Zen and the art of re-generation. Re-generation.
Let’s make the planet great again.
Home, sweet home
It’s full of warmth and comfort. We call it home, and it is where we spend our quality time, feel protected, and rest. We have a sense of belonging. Everything we need is there. We strive to find this place — where we are at one, where we feel at home, where we love to be, and where we love to be loved. We know how to find that space in our surroundings. Our challenge now is to make it a sustainable home. And once we are there, we can move forward to regenerate.
Be aware of everything you bring to your house, and be mindful of what you take out. Your door to your home is the entry and the exit to a private part of your life, which defines your impact. What food you buy, how it is packaged, what you do once you unwrap it, what goods you order, and which people you invite are something you control and can actively monitor and improve. Hang a sign or an ornament on your door to always remind you of that power you have to take things in your house or remove them.
Be conscious of everything you take into your house. That plastic bag, that water bottle, your new electronic gadget, the clothes you buy, the food, the furniture, your medication. Be aware of its impact. Consider choosing wisely and thinking of where things go when they leave your care. Consciously taking out more than you bring in puts you on the trajectory to a minimalist lifestyle when you only have the minimal things needed to sustain your life. The less you own, the less your impact will be, the more money you will have, the more time you will have. And you will have more free time and mindshare to think and work on re-generation.
There are many practical things you can do to reduce your impact on your home. Spend some time observing the things you have in your house. What materials are they made of, how were they produced, transported? How long will they last, and how will they be disposed of; can they be put to further use after their lifecycle has ended? I have become a big fan of wood — what an excellent structural material, full of life and character. Locally grown woods made into furniture last several lifetimes, can be reshaped, refurbished, cleaned, repaired, and changed over time. And at the end of its lifetime, we can compost it. That is a beautiful gift of nature and potentially leaves no to little damage if done right. You can even get used wooden furniture and work with your own hands to customize it and regenerate it.
If you strive for a zero-trash household, I recommend removing the trash can. Its removal seems like a weird idea at first but makes a lot of sense as you are frequently aware of things you need to dispose of. This little change is quite adequate, as it continually reminds you to avoid trash. It makes the trash we create more visible and present. Garbage can be dissected into its materials, which can be recycled or put to new uses. Biodegradable materials can be composted, and compost is a beautiful gift to return the materials to the earth as nutrients to grow plants and food. Composting can be done on a small scale, in a garden, on a balcony, or even inside your home.
Growing your food is a beautiful way to observe nature at work, be in tune with the seasons and local foods, and produce foods that taste much better than processed foods or foods transported before it is ripe. Using your hands and spending quality time with the plants is both relaxing and thought-provoking and also has an impact on what you shop. More advanced gardening involves creating permaculture using the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. In regenerative agriculture, you can take a rehabilitative approach and regenerate the soil. It focuses on topsoil re-generation, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the soil’s health and vitality. You can produce high-quality food, which needs no transport, and the rest can easily be composted, creating a self-sustaining, regenerative cycle.
Using regenerative energy sources has become easier and more affordable. Switching your electricity provider to get only regenerative energy from the sun, water, and the wind is easy and an affordable alternative to fossil-fuel powers. You can also produce your own energy and become independent of the grid. Of course, it makes sense to always look at the total energy balance of any system, which is still very difficult to research. Avoiding using much energy is still the best option. If you lower the room temperature in your house by just a few degrees, the impact is enormous — the lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So, the longer your home remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save because your house has lost less power than it would have at the higher temperature. You can put the fridge in a cold room or even turn it off in the winter. Turn off lights that are not needed, unplug your electronics, and save money and resources in doing so.
For most advanced building materials, there are ecological options. Houses were once made of all-natural materials for most of our existence. Many modern fabrics are hard to separate and recycle, making our homes very unsustainable with a significant negative impact on our planet and society. Next to water, concrete is the most widely used substance on our earth. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured more than 19,000 bathtubs of concrete. Concrete sucks up a lot of water and has a high CO2 footprint.
In recent years, the tiny home movement has created an excellent alternative for an individual and sustainable living space. There are lovely designs that are shared with simple how-to videos to build your own.
From your home, you can take the time to think, and you can plan your re-generation. Start from within, then reach out to your organizations and your communities.
Walk the line
Go from A to B. Walking is healthy and meditative and connects us to nature in a particular way. We observe our surroundings at the best possible speed to notice many details in our environment while making progress. Walking is meditation with your senses fully awake. It requires deeper breathing and gets you in motion. It makes you one with the environment and lets you feel the elements? Rain or snow? Go the extra mile!
For an experiment, walk to work instead of riding your bike, driving, or taking public transportation. You will discover a wonderful world and become aware of your surroundings. If you do it regularly, you will have quality time to think of new things, listen to audiobooks or podcasts, and educate yourself, all while having a minimal impact and gaining good health and spirits.
When you are in the countryside, try walking in bare feet. It is suitable for your feet and muscles and has stunning effects in connecting us to nature. You feel more grounded, like kids do who love to walk with no shoes. It makes you wonder why kids are not all walking barefoot.
Be consequential. The easiest way to do that is to avoid driving or riding in a car in any form or shape. By walking, biking, taking public transport, you can cover most daily distances when traveling in developed countries. Yes, it takes more time, but that time can be used efficiently.
To regenerate, invite other people to walk. Spread the word! Walk together to share this fantastic method of transportation. Walking together is fun and fosters communication. Run your errands, walk during a meeting, or go shopping. And continually expand your horizon by walking for longer distances. You will be surprised to discover a whole new world around you.
You can save a lot of costs by not owning and operating a car. Cars have such a harmful impact on our environment in their creation, usage, disposal, noise, and toxic materials, just to name a few.
The Perpetuum Mobile
The bike is simply one of the very best inventions we have made. And it is by far the best human invention for mobility. It is a simple device with two wheels, which is silent, and has zero CO2 emissions. And it comes in all shapes and forms. I would be more hopeful about the survival of us humans if we were to rediscover the bike.
Most of us discover the bike as a kid. It opens a whole new way of transportation. It increases your radius beyond imagination in a playful manner. You jump the curve, ride free hands, step out of the saddle, and feel free and full of good spirits.
It’s time we rediscover the bike!
Bikes can last for a long time; their parts can quickly be produced, replaced, and recycled. And it is the most beautiful and sustainable method of transportation. If you can cycle anywhere in the world, you can also cycle to work or go shopping today; there are no limits. Your radius will increase over time as your body (and your behind) adapts quickly. You gain the benefits of fresh air, good health, a connection to nature, free-thinking time, or listening time at a minimal cost. Food tastes better; you practice your balance; and your back and legs are strengthened. The list of advantages goes on and on and on.
There are many beautiful bikes out there for any occasion, and they come in all shapes and colors. Steel frames can easily be recycled, so can bamboo frames or aluminum frames. They come in all sizes and weights. They can be packed with paniers, and cargo bikes allow you to carry up 200kg of weight across the distance. There are bikes for all sizes and ages. I have recently seen walking bikes for seniors.
Cherish fossil fuels
Our fascination with fire is deeply ingrained in us. It has given us immense powers over other creatures. It has given us warmth and energy and has mesmerizing powers. Unfortunately, we don’t see it burn anymore. It is contained in our heaters, in power plants, in our cars, and in our ovens, or it comes in the form of electricity out of the socket. The power is there, but we cannot see it to appreciate its capabilities and its wonders. Today, we burn those fossil fuels in unimaginable sums. And it happens invisibly, making it most dangerous. Fossil fuels pollute our environment through methods that are mainly non-renewable and mostly unsustainable.
We must stop doing this now.
The first step is to become aware again, using fossil fuel, to present what power and force we are using. That makes it easier to look for alternatives and makes it easier to avoid in your home, in your transportation. Ride your bike, use a heat pump, insulate your house, obtain your electricity from renewable sources — switching to renewable energies is possible for all of us. Start today. Use fossil fuels with care and value its use, where it cannot be avoided. And celebrate the superb alternatives.
Be careful when you burn fossil fuels. It has taken nature millions of years to create them. They are scarce, and burning them is terrible for our environment in the long run.
Innovate for change
Our human ingenuity has gotten us into the mess, and we can use it to get out of it. Innovate or die. I mean this literally. The scale of our human operations and its growing magnitude, our needs, wishes, and dreams are in no way sustainable in today’s terms. So ,we must innovate. We must innovate along the entire value chain, create and distribute our foods, get from A to B, what we wear, what we produce and consume, how we make our energy, materials, care for our health and well-being. Everything can be reimagined, and what an infinite business opportunity. Innovate for change.
There are many sources of inspiration. We can look towards nature and study its workings; we can look towards science, artificial intelligence, biology. Today, we have access to an unlimited amount of knowledge that is continually growing, and we can collaborate across disciplines to reveal our planet in an unseen way. We have innovative methods like the Google Design Sprint; we can work in agile organizations and source-in the best experts in any field with the touch on your screen. No generation before us had this power and this opportunity, and it gets better by the day.
Today, millions of young generations are setting out to build the organization. India alone has 600 million people under 30 who want to change and improve their social and environmental situation. Young generations are leading the way in building a social enterprise that helps regenerate the world. The least you can do is to support them.
Your carbon-negative organization
We do it every day. We get up, go to work, do our thing, and come back at night. Our organizations drive the economy, get us paid, and provide an environment to bring in our talents. Organizations are all about scaling, doing something peculiar, and doing it very well. You think this is what’s running our planet? Think twice!
Our organizations possess a great power that we can leverage. Make your organization a carbon-negative organization and treat your surroundings with respect and care. Organizations gather people and direct them clearly; they have purchasing power, influencing power, and political power. If you make re-generation a core value of your organization, you can have a scaled impact for many organizations that is easy to achieve once the purpose is clear. The list of changes an organization can make is long. But each one multiplied across the number of employees in a company can have a major impact. Avoid travel by building a remote work culture, support sustainable mobility for the employees, buy fair coffee, reduce waste, plant trees and greens, stop printing, avoid trash and/or separate it, support cooking, run and operate on clean energy. The list goes on. Build a task force in your team to evolve in this direction continuously. You can get certified for CO2 neutrality, and if you go one step further like Microsoft has committed to do, you can become CO2 negative and help us regenerate.
You can certify to become a B Corporation to become a source for good in our society. Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. That is one strong commitment; it is clear, measurable, and executable with your team. Use the mechanisms and workings of organizations for a positive impact. Investors are already demanding this, so are many workers, and your customers will soon make choices based on the effects an organization has on the environment.
The most significant scale for re-generation is in the products and services you sell at the core of your business and organization. This is where most of the energy, efficiency, and scale goes, which is the center of attention for any organization. Make that product sustainable, make that service create a positive impact. Choose your suppliers, partners, methods according to their commitment to regenerate. Organizations like Patagonia have shown why that can fuel your success.
Use your communication powers to positively influence. Don’t forget to talk about and write about the changes you have made. Tell powerful stories of re-generation and how you engage and support.
Voting for your future grandchildren
Our governments and political powers play a crucial role in our re-generation. That makes it specifically tricky because they are not well equipped and set up to think and act long-term. They seek compromises between all the stakeholders and are driven by short term goals and elections. But they are representing us and working on our behalf. So, we must use your political power more wisely. We must become active in setting the political agenda, define a new narrative, and become more involved in the process.
In the COVID-19 crisis, governments worldwide have become very active in setting new rules. Their actions have caused a significant impact on consumption. For example, air travel was reduced by 97% during the lock-down. Deciding what can be done and what cannot be done is not necessarily the way to run a complex society, but our behavior and lifestyle impacts can be directed in the right direction. If you factor in the environmental impact into the products and service we use and our behavior, that would be an essential step we can take within the boundaries of today’s system, as we are looking for new models, organizations, and societies to evolve. Instead of subsidizing coal and fuels, we can simply tax the CO2 impact of products, services, goods, and materials and use the money to regenerate by planting trees, supporting regenerative energy forms, and education for re-generation.
So, go and vote. Vote for the long run, help set the political agenda, and think about your future grandchildren when you do so.
Designing cradle to cradle
A lot of potential lies in the materials we use. When creating products, we can be more selective in the materials we use. We have the power and know-how to create products where the materials can biodegrade or be reused in building future products. In this way, we can consume without many of the adverse effects. We can buy a plastic bottle and compost it. We can use product packaging without littering them.
Cradle to cradle is a beautiful vision and methodology for sustainable and regenerative product creation, consumption, and disposal. There is a growing number of examples; the potential is limitless. Create a certified cradle to cradle product. The certification covers material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
If we only know what we know. If we only do what we can do.
We feed the world
Our biggest challenge is to regenerate our soil and waters. It is the basis for being able to feed growing humanity and all other creatures. Our agriculture and food-producing systems are no longer sustainable. But we have ways to avoid poisoning and decreasing our soil’s fertility. We have better, more sustainable practices, and we can regenerate our mother earth by changing our agricultural systems and food processing systems. A growing number of farmers and scientists are leveraging nature’s power and are using new agricultural design systems like permaculture.
Many farmers are replacing methods that destroy the topsoil and poison the groundwater with natural and organic processes that are sustainable forever.
You can reward regenerative farming by promoting it on social media, talking about it in our communities, buying products locally produced in regenerative gardens, and engaging in politics to set new standards and rules for a truly sustainable food supply chain. We urgently need a global movement to gather forces on this important topic. It will reduce the CO2 footprint by binding CO2 in the regenerated soil; it will bring us happy and healthy farmers and the best foods possible.
Changing your world one coin at a time
Every single time you make any purchase, you are directly impacting our ecological system. Spending your money wisely is a significant impact that we can all have in our private world, our businesses, and our society. A simple trick helps you use it wisely whenever you make a business or a personal purchase. Pause for 60 seconds and reflect on its impact. What is the result of your purchase on our planet? Can you make other wiser choices? Do you have to purchase it at all? Is it critically needed? What would be another way to solve the need that incentivized you to buy the first space. You choose.
If you go ahead and make the purchase after your one-minute reflection, tell the merchant about why you made that choice and what your thoughts and considerations were. If you are brave enough, also publish it on social media. By talking about the operational decisions you make, you inspire others to make similar choices and spend this vital resource and voting system in the best manner.
Building habits to regenerate
Habits are extremely powerful little helpers in making positive change. And you can quickly learn how to control them and use them to support your purpose. There are online training courses, videos, and coaches that help you steer your habits in the right direction. Learn to use your strengths, your languages, and build an automated system of cues and rewards.
I recommend the one-month habit change experiment by @5degreechange to learn about changing your habits. Think about what regenerative actions you want to take and what practices will support your activities. I have created the previous chapter’s spending habit and stopped driving, and removed my trash can in those sessions.
We cannot succeed without a massive global education effort. People often don’t understand their impact and don’t know about the alternatives. Children are open to learning about our planet’s value and wonders and understand the measures needed to regenerate it quickly. Younger generations are heading out to the streets to protest for their future. They demand the change we need. They are bursting with out-of-the-box ideas that help to advance the conversation about regeneration. Let’s give them the understanding, methods, and tools needed to be the drivers of this change. Let them learn by example, and teach things like controlling their habits. Let’s talk about the stories that make a positive impact and teach them to collaborate across borders, cultures, and boundaries.
Becoming homo curae ex machina
I think we have a real chance to manage climate change and provide a perspective for all creatures and cultures. But for this, we must change at the core. We must become a different species, a species that genuinely cares and acts and uses the power of collaboration, technology, regenerative materials, energy, and agriculture. We must be more humble, thoughtful, reflective, loving beings. We must see ourselves as an integral part of nature and the surroundings we live in. We must consider the impact of our every action, and we must regenerate our planet one step at a time.
I am looking forward to welcoming homo curae ex machina; these humans will have a chance to regenerate and provide a wonderful space for the generations and creatures to come.
From a systems point of view, we can think holistically and actively let go of a few things and make space for new items. We can plan less, trust more. The laws of nature are abundant; human laws are built on scarcity. If we have less stuff, we will have more space for love, friends, time. It all starts with a personal embodiment. No guilt and shame; they only limit us.
Now, commit to change just one thing
Change your mindset. Yes, change your mindset to focus on re-generation. You are the re-generation. Abandon any feelings of hopelessness. There is still time to right our global ship. Abandon any feelings of helplessness. You now have the power. Abandon the urge to pass the buck. You must take the responsibility on your shoulders. Then help shift the perspectives of others. Regenerate yourself, your environment, your organization as you regenerate our society. That is all that is needed to make the planet great again! Yes, it’s that simple.
You are our best hope.
Together, we can do anything.