Sustainable Future

ReGeneration. Better Sustainability? Why and What Is It?

Giving back to nature will align the economy and ecology

Desiree Driesenaar
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readMar 18, 2020

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Sun, forest, and mountain. An ecosystem on Java, Indonesia. Picture by Desiree Driesenaar

The word sustainability doesn’t seem to fit the bill anymore. In this article, I’m exploring why and what comes next. Spoiler alert. We do not want to just sustain what we now have, we need to restore ecosystems and unleash the abundance of nature. The ReGeneration will play a big part in creating the future…

Sustainability has become a container term. The meaning according to Oxford, can be twofold:

  • ‘The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level’: ‘the sustainability of economic growth’
  • ‘Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance’: ‘the pursuit of global environmental sustainability’

Number 1 means we want things to remain as they are now. Well, that means a broken world full of pollution, waste, and exploited nature (including exploited people). Is that what we really want?

Number 2 means somewhat similar, although it’s more committed to natural resources. But do we want just to avoid depletion? Or do we want to create a more beautiful world than the one we live in now?

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Desiree Driesenaar
Age of Awareness

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