News & Updates

April 10, 2020

Executive Director Update – April 2020

We here at ReScape California are safely sequestered in our homes, and have been working closely with local public agencies, municipalities, private companies- and you- to reschedule and transfer our in person trainings and events to an online format. We are happy to be able to announce our training schedule for April through the next several months. We appreciate your feedback from surveys and conversations that have assisted us in addressing access issues, availability, whether you are working, diverse learning styles and so on.

COVID-19 is historically the biggest threat to global health that we are facing. Our number one job as a nation right now is to contend with this health crisis and provide economic relief to those suddenly without jobs. Then we will all need to get to work to rebuild our economy. At that time, we must emphasize job creation and industries that serve society’s long-term interests. You in our regenerative landscaping community working in whole systems ways know that this health threat is expressing the imbalance in nature, and the failure to live within planetary boundaries. You share our core principles that everything is connected, and that one input affects all the others. Climate + Health = thriving economy. Your work addressing climate change is more essential and possible than ever. This is the opportunity to build local resilience: energy preparedness, local healthy food, to enhance a thriving and prosperous community.

Our courses are the first phase of support for you. We will be announcing more programs over the next weeks. As you know, as of 28 March, landscapers are now listed under Public Works: and Infrastructure Support Services. We have heard that there are differing orders depending on the city or county in which you work. We will shortly be sending out another survey asking about your current work status. We have made the decision to offer discounts and scholarships for many of our online trainings. In the meantime, there is help for small businesses, contractors and self-employed employees.

Much gratitude to you. Keep going, let us know how you are. We believe that the time to innovate and cherish nature has never been more critical.

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. 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

Be safe and stay well!

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