the confessions of Andrea Awerhoff – dreamer with a curious mind
Few months ago, we had the honour to encounter the talented activist Ronnie Cummins, international director of Organic Consumers Associations, member of Regeneration International and author of “Grassroots Rising, A call to action on climate, farming, food and a green new deal” who inspired us to write about his mission to create another world, a better future.
The book discusses the importance of how we need to transform the food and farming industry in order to save our planet and people. Aiming to create a grassroots peaceful revolution.
Regenerative organic farming, food and land are the answer to many global problems such as environmental pollution, health problems, climate crisis, and poverty.
The potential of healthy soils, plants, and trees can naturally sequester and store in our soils enough excess of carbon from the atmosphere – adding up millions of tons every year – not only to mitigate climate change but to reverse global warming.
Unfortunately we are still in a degenerative phase, which is moving forward slowly. As individuals seem to get more involved towards climate justice.
The degenerative system our planet has supported for many years, it’s no longer an option. We can’t continue to fall into a system that puts power and wealth before the health of humans and the planet.
It is time to regenerate!
There are four elements that allow us to better understand, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems.
1. Education and awareness raising
This includes putting the information into practice, meaning, every time you pull out your wallet, you’re considering whether your money is going to support a degenerative or regenerative system. True change comes when people act out their beliefs in the marketplace.
This includes innovation of farmers, ranchers, people who take care of our forests and wetlands and people who are innovative in terms of educating the public.
3. Policy Change
This includes policy changes all the way from local school boards and park districts to the White House. Once we get policies that support organics, regenerative agriculture and natural health, scaling these areas up will be much easier and faster.
4. Funding and investment
This includes both private investors and public monie.
“Education, innovation, policy [changes] and investment are the four things that drive this change of paradigm.” Change, however, is often slow. Once hope is manifested to even one person it becomes contagious.
For this reason Cummins encourages us to get together to push this change more rapidly by creating a grassroot movement.
This regenerative movement can provide a new positive perspective on life, a therapeutic vision and daily practice that demonstrates that we people, the global grassroots, can bring to turn away from disaster, solve our most pressing crises, and meet our most important needs.
The mission of Regenerators therefore is to shift the global conversation on food, farming, politics, health, and climate forms from one hopeless to one of hope, and to empower the grassroots to rise up and take action, both individually and collectively. To always communicate the absolute seriousness of our climate emergency and societal degeneration, but at the same time it must deliver the good news that we have the tools, growing grassroots support, and a practical plan using the most effective critique and dialogue that resonates with people, with hearts and mind.
We invite you to join us and support the regeneration movement!
“Another world is possible”
“Regenerative agriculture is a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle, and build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density. It can increase the nutritional density of everyday foods enough to rejuvenate public health, lift hundreds of small farmers and rural villagers out of poverty, dramatically reduce forced migration, solve the water crisis, preserve biodiversity, and alleviate the major causes of war and terrorism.”
*Grassroots: Implies the creation of a movement with the natural and spontaneous support of a group of individuals.
*Regeneration 1: an act or the process of regenerating: the state of being regenerated. 2: spiritual renewal or revival. 3: renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process.
If you want to learn more about Regenerative Agriculture we highly recommend you to read this book “Grassroots Rising, A call to action on climate, farming, food and a green new deal” and visit https://regenerationinternational.org/