Sustainable Future

I’m Not Fighting to Save Our Miracle Planet. Are You?

Why I’m not fighting the old, but building a new, lush tomorrow

Desiree Driesenaar
Apr 20, 2020 · 6 min read
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Unleashing the abundance of nature again and building a lush future. Photo by Lydia Casey on Unsplash

“Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.”

Julia Roberts in ‘Nature is Speaking’.

This is what we can do to build the new tomorrow.

Consumers, Citizens

1 We’re all consumers. We can start simplifying our lives and choose quality over quantity. Shop for basic needs. Choose beautiful, functional products made with love and care. Spend our money where our hearts are.

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Image from the article in Japan Today (2018).

Regenerative Entrepreneurs

2 When you are or want to be an entrepreneur, join us with a regenerative business model. These business models create multiple values. Not only money but also healthy soil, clean air, clean water, etc.

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Ask Nature Nuggets: Closed Loop Systems, how nature recycles waste.

Governments, Farmers, and Citizens

3 In order to build a world where we can share with all species on the planet, we need to unleash the abundance of nature.

  • On a bigger scale, farmers can take action. Care for the soil. Create healthy, living soil. Embrace regenerative agriculture.
  • On a very large scale, governments can take action. Large scale ecosystem restoration projects are gaining momentum. In China, an area as big as my home country The Netherlands has been restored already (see picture below). John D. Liu made the inspiring documentary Green Gold about it.
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The Loess Plateau in China. Before (1995) and after (2009). From the documentary Green Gold by John D. Liu.

Governments and Entrepreneurs

4 We can all contribute to systemic solutions. The world is complex, yes. But we can learn how to deal with complexity and implement solutions that really make a difference. Let me give you an example.

  • Long-term solution: Restore water cycles on all islands. Very possible. It can be done in the projects of restoring ecosystems.

Designers and Entrepreneurs

5 Designers will be tomorrow’s heroes. They can use local, abundantly available materials to create the products that we need and desire.

  • We need architects who build houses with bamboo
  • We need clothes made from seaweed and industrial hemp
  • We need coffee waste being reused to produce healthy mushrooms
  • We need biodegradable plastics made with bacteria

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Desiree Driesenaar

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Curious about life. Systemic, upstream solutions. Aligning economy, ecology, and the human spirit. Free spirit. ✽ https://www.linkedin.com/in/desireedriesenaar

Climate Conscious

Building a collective vision for a better tomorrow

Desiree Driesenaar

Written by

Curious about life. Systemic, upstream solutions. Aligning economy, ecology, and the human spirit. Free spirit. ✽ https://www.linkedin.com/in/desireedriesenaar

Climate Conscious

Building a collective vision for a better tomorrow

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