Equity is just and fair inclusion. Without equity, solutions to combat the world’s issues face the troubling possibility of leaving those who rely on the current infrastructure behind. This means the changes that take place throughout society must take place while providing job security, lower living costs, protection from natural disasters, and the opportunity of prosperous futures for all.
Reduction is making smaller or less in size or amount. Reduction is using less – less energy, less food, less fast fashion – less emissions. Renewable energy creates reduction. As these technologies become more accessible, the impact of our everyday energy use can be reduced. If we as humans can commit to the arduous task of eliminating fossil fuel from our energy inventory, we will not only overcome the most difficult obstacle but create widespread economic opportunity.
Protect, in this context, means preserving, securing, and honoring. Biodiversity is essential to our fight against the climate crisis. The world’s living systems are tied together in a symbiotic relationship that maintains balance, sequesters, and stores carbon. Protection – of wetlands, rainforests, wildlife migration – is crucial in maintaining healthy ecosystems that will remain resilient and prosperous as humans work to solve the climate crisis that we have created.
To sequester is to isolate or hideaway. Sequestration captures and stores atmospheric carbon in marine and terrestrial plants and trees, in rainforests, wetlands, and mangroves, removing both historic carbon and unavoidable carbon in the way the planet originally intended. We can relieve the overload on these natural sequestration systems through proforestation, afforestation, regenerative agriculture, managed grazing and other programs that protect existing ecosystems.
Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Influence creates scale in the global fight again the climate crisis. Through influence, we can take a single change and create a policy. We can take a single protest and create a movement. Changes across the landscape of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) must start from the top. Influence can push those at the top to make the right decision.
Support is the act of giving assistance to or enabling to function or act. Regeneration must take place across all geographies – in all areas of climate, social justice, environment, and governance. One organization cannot create these changes alone. By supporting those around us in this fight against the climate crisis, we can act together. We can pull from the knowledge and expertise of those outside of our chosen field lifting others up while saving valuable time and resources.
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Paul Hawken’s Project Regeneration is a non-profit organization advocating for a plan to end the climate crisis in one generation. Founder Paul Hawken is the best-selling author of the books Regeneration and Drawdown which were inspirational to CEO and Founder Ken LaRoe when he established Climate First Bank, the world’s first commercial bank dedicated to fighting the climate crisis.
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