Date: May 31, 2013, 1-5pm
Location: Rialto Theater Center, Loveland, CO
More on regeneration….
In recent years, the green industry has introduced a myriad of new tools, products, and standards that help to reduce environmental impacts and encourage more sustainable practices – important steps in the right direction. Unfortunately, current economic models still rely heavily on depleting natural capital. Further, the burden to process, manufacture, and sell products is often at the expense of human health and wellbeing. Here, at a pivotal moment in society, we have the opportunity to change course. If we are to solve the looming environmental and social crises in time, we must move from using less to creating more. Regeneration is the practice of aligning human activities to give new life, strength and vigor to natural, social, and economic systems. It goes beyond green or sustainable thinking, generally focused on reducing harm, toward a model built on renewal and revitalization.
Regeneration means rebuilding depleted ecosystems, like the Mississippi river delta, or simply riding your bicycle. It can be a vitalizing urban redevelopment project or the renewal of soils and farming practices in your own garden. Regeneration has many faces, but one purpose: finding what’s broken and creating solutions that are additive, positive and contributive. By shifting mindsets from sustainability to regeneration, we can secure a thriving future for many generations to come. This paradigm shift is not only necessary, but it is inspiring, refreshing and positive.