Happy Be-EARTH-day — Make it everyday! reGeneration Rising!
Happy Earthday everyone!
Have you noticed that the pace is quickening and there is a real sense of uprising and a worldwide civic call for transformative change in the face of converging crises?
The reGeneration is rising!
Our diversity is our greatest strength and yet we have to learn how to build an inclusive coalition of those committed to serving the Earth, her people and future generations of humanity within the wider community of life.
This month has been eventful in many ways. Sadly, we had to say good bye to two great elders of our growing movement of planetary healing. Both of these women significantly contributed to getting us closer to realising our human potential as mature members in the community of life.
Thank you Barbara Marx Hubbard and Polly Higgins for being so uniquely you! Thank you for being true to your essence and hence activating the potential in the people who’s hearts, minds and spirits you touched. You both have served your mission so elegantly — not just by your work and message, but by your entire way of being, valuing and weaving relationships.
Only 7 days ago, we saw a resonant cord being struck in the collective psyche when people witnessed Notre Dame on fire at a time when the world’s school children are questioning the sense of preparing for a future they might never have if failure to take emergency action on climate change and its underlying drivers steals it from them.
I was delighted to see global solidarity kick into action with promises to support and finance the restoration of an emblematic building. I also hope that the commitment of funds and international cooperation to the UN Decade for Ecosystems Restoration will be equal and in proportional measure to its significance to our species and the future of life on Earth.
Finally! Sir David Attenborourgh has joined the growing movement of people speaking out about the severity of the possible climate cataclysm we now face, if we fail to act immediately.
The touching ‘How to save our planet’ was released by the WWF in early April. In my opinion, a more appropriate title would have been: ‘How do we save humanity by healing the planet?’ Sadly Sir David’s language seems trapped in mechanistic metaphors and continues to enforce the entirely mind-made nature-culture separation.
Nevertheless, it is wonderful that this grey eminence has added his voice to the reGeneration rising. Last week he released another statement on the BBC warning of ‘catastrophe’ and reminding people that it is not yet too late to avoid a permanent unravelling of the fabric of life on Earth.
On Easter Sunday, Greta Thunberg addressed the Extinction Rebellion in London, just a couple of days after meeting the Pope and speaking to thousands of people in Rome — reminding them that “humanity is at a crossroads” and to “fight for a living planet”. Earlier in the same week she had addressed the European parliament in Brussles inviting it to use “Cathedral Thinking” and act “as if your house was on fire”.
Greta reminded the XR crowd in London that the Fridays for Future (Children’s School Strike) and Extinction Rebellion are doing the work that nobody else is doing with sufficient urgency and that these movements are making a difference.
I deeply agree, and I also sense that we are at a very critical moment now that the pace of change is picking up in response to the immanence and magnitude of the collapse already underway.
How do we weave the diverse positive impulses for change and transformation into the global solidarity necessary to redesign the human presence and impact on Earth?
To name just a few movements and initiatives that have some common ground and would reach further together: Fridays for Future (school strikes), Parents for Future (in support of them), Extinction Rebellion in many countries, Ecosystems Restoration Camps, Global Commons Alliance, Peer-to-Peer, Transition, New Story, U-labs-s (for social transformation), Wellbeing Economy Alliance, New Economy & Social Innovation (NESI), Doughnut Economy supporters, Regeneration International, Planetary Health Alliance, Global Resilience Partnership, Eradicating Ecocide, UN Decade for Ecosystems Restoration and even the UN Sustainable Development Goals, along with Project Drawdown, Regenerative Development, the Global Ecovillage Network, the various permaculture networks, the regenerative communities network, the research alliance for regenerative economics and the many diverse contributors to the reGeneration rising which are begining to coalesce into a broad alliance based on working towards planetary health and regeneration.
How do we build a broad enough alliance that not only tolerates but celebrates difference yet is generally alined to being of service to the Earth and her people?
How to we collectively face the reality of breakdown and collapse of systems and patterns that no longer serve?
How do we simultaneously co-create a transformative response that offers pathways to a regenerative future?
How do we keep the inquiry and collective meaning making alive in this diverse movement?
How do we find pathways practices that value multiple perspectives as enriching and important rather than differences in opinion that need to be resolved?
I am thinking of the exchange between Jem Bendell and Jeremy Lent that — depending on the internal state of the observer/participant — could be celebrated as an example of such inquiry or lamented as an unfortunate argument between two people who’s heart’s desires have much common ground do overcome intellectual differences of interpretation and emphasis.
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I deeply respect and see value in the contributions each of them are making to furthering our (multi-faceted) understanding of what is at stake.
We can keep growing collective intelligence and engage in peer-to-peer learning, if we can learn to value multiple ways of knowing (thinking, sensing, feeling, intuiting) and learning from complementary (if not entirely agreeing) perspectives and ways of languaging the message.
How do we name the difference without a sense that disagreement is equal to inability to collaborate?
What would both-and look like? Let us start working on a planetary emergency response (deep adaption) while simultaneously engaging in glo-cal transformation towards diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of the places they inhabit (deep transformation). We can increase community resilience in the face of profound changes ahead while simultaneously working on mitigating and even reversing our negative environmental and social impacts.
Our best chance in making it through the eye of the needle is if we try to find higher ground in collaborative advantage and co-creating a transformative response, rather than reverting to a zero-sum game played for (short-term) competitive advantage.
We are literally all in this together! We need to watch out that our growing collective potential does not get highjacked by divisive political agendas that are still trapped in ‘them-against-us’ or ‘fight-against’ mindsets.
Let us take this chance to collectively activate the potential of a thriving future for all of life!
Let us understand the underlying truth of our interbeing and live in accordance with this insight that can unite us in all our diversity.
By reconnecting to the rest of nature, to each other and to the wider community of life, we can reach the realisation that every day quite literally is Be-Earth-Day! We have it within us and between us to heal Gaia and in the process to heal our fractured selves and our divided humanity.
“Onwards fellow humans!” (Joe Brewer ;-)
Daniel Christian Wahl, Author of the internationally acclaimed book Designing Regenerative Cultures
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