Over the Fence - 'tis the Season
It seems a bit early to be sending Christmas Greetings so lets just call this Mangarara Greetings! Besides, if I don't send this newsletter now it might not happen until 2019!
Change continues to be the only constant, but it is the speed of change that is a struggle to keep up with.
There have been lots of little learnings that have changed our world view and the way we approach growing food and caring for the soil and water. One of those learnings was a YouTube clip called Airthmetic, Population and Energy, by the late Professor Albert Bartlett.
"The greatest short coming of the human race is the inability to understand exponential growth"
Something to ponder.
As you are reading this, you are probably already aware of the issues, the challenge is taking practical steps that can turn things around.
We know it isn't easy to make the big changes that are necessary, but the more of us that do it the easier it becomes because there is strength in numbers and taking action is empowering.
Many people are hoping that technology will come to the rescue and while it will no doubt play a part, the reality is we already have incredible technology but we are still loosing bio diversity at an increasing rate and carbon emissions continue to rise The solutions are already here and nature is our teacher.
Our personal choices do matter and the choice that has the greatest affect is where your food is from and how it is produced. We know that here at The Family Farm we can work with nature to increase biodiversity, water quality, and we can sequester carbon into the soil to produce healthier food and help mitigate climate change, while making our farms more resilient to weather extremes. Regenerative farmers need the support of non farmers.
If you are looking for some uplifting reading over the summer vacation, a book that clearly describes how we can help make changes through wise food choices, I highly recommend "Kiss the Ground- How the food you eat can reverse climate change, heal your body and ultimately save our world"
While it feels like pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes, the other personal choice that we can make that has a huge affect on the environment is choosing not to fly. This is tough for many in our global family but for me having all but cut out flying I believe the key is to find peace and contentment in the present moment. There is nowhere I would rather be than right here, right now!
We can't stop with just making individual change, we have to demand from our central and local governments that they make bold and courageous decisions to ensure our children, and their children, have a world worth inheriting.
You might have heard that 71% of carbon emissions in the last 30 years have come from just 100 companies so we have to do what we can to not support these companies with our purchases and our investments.
Ultimately this is a turning point where we need to reconsider what it is to be human and change the cultural narrative from being separate from nature and each other to an understanding of our intermit connection with all life.
Our true wealth is our families our communities and our environment, treasure them always.
For the love of life