The Way Forward

The Way Forward: Regeneration

There’s a meme going around that nails how many of us feel about practically everything happening in the world right now, especially the climate crisis:

One of the problems this creates is that it’s hard to get traction when you’re vacillating wildly between hope and nihilism. It’s exhausting.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out a way forward. One that creates a sense of hope that’s rooted in action, awareness, and understanding. A way forward that reflects the need for sustainability at all levels, including that of personal effort and change.

Over the past few months, I’ve encountered helpful resources that support the path I’ve been seeking. To that end, “The Way Forward” will be a new monthly feature that highlights projects that are beacons of hope and calls to action grounded in what is both necessary and possible.

This month, we start with Regeneration, a website based on the book by Paul Hawken.

“Regeneration is a radical new approach to the climate crisis, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation.”

Lest that seems too lofty a goal, the site is clear on what that entails:

“Ending the crisis does not complete the challenge of global warming. That is a century-long commitment. Ending the crisis means that by 2030 collective action by humanity will have reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by 45 to 50 percent.”

The website is an impressive compendium of resources, tools, and information on how to make a real difference in ending the climate crisis. 

For a beautiful starting point, you can orient yourself on the solutions page. Want a framework for action? Start here. The true depth of the site is The Nexus:

“Nexus details what needs to be done and how to do it on all levels of agency, from a classroom to a CEO. Entries include resources, initiatives, people, and organizations that teach, engage, influence and transform.”

All of these resources are, ultimately, about supporting action. And creating your own punch list is a great way to take the next steps.

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