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February 5, 2020

Executive Director Update – February 2020

We are already in February- Spring is on the way in the Northern Hemisphere! The RAPID Response Climate Forum last month was very successful. 75 representatives from public agencies, county and city departments, municipalities, tech, private sector and business formed working groups offering immediate term climate change solutions in the areas of transportation, housing, land management: carbon farming/urban regenerative gardens, microgrids, and communication. We are planning our Sacramento event in April.

The next months are busy for us here at ReScape – check out all our trainings and climate change activities. We are also getting invitations to bring our regenerative landscaping principles to other states. Everywhere there are groups doing good and powerful work. At the same time, let’s remember that each one of us has a place. The power of each one of us is vast.  Those groups doing essential work frequently started with one person having an idea.

Sometimes it is difficult to remember and understand the power of one person living in a world of billions of others. The environmental challenges we face today are enormous. Air pollution, water issues, soil quality, endangered habitat, wild fires. Global warming has ramifications for everyone and everything around the world.

It is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. But you can and do make a difference. Every day you have the opportunity to make a choice that either adds to the problem- or shifts it to a heathier outcome: in your family, in your home, at the grocery store, in your business.

At ReScape we increase the power of the individual. Our whole systems 8 Principles address one input that affects the whole. By viewing the landscape through the lens of these eight principles, each one of you can make the choices for a specific landscape project that can have a ripple effect on the broader community and natural environment. Plant selection, for example, has an impact on how much waste winds up in landfills, how much water is consumed for irrigation, and how much food and habitat is available for pollinators and wildlife. Or using mulch reduces waste, nurtures the soil, conserves water, and creates wildlife habitat.

The needed coordination between governments and industry to turn this crisis around will never succeed if we as individuals don’t act and join in the efforts. If each of us focuses on what we need to do on the personal level to live an environmentally conscious life, we will turn the global problems around in an amazingly short time. We don’t have to wait for the right leader or group- the power of the each of us leads the way.

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”   -Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the US – 1933-1945

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