To Be Regenerative We Must Consider “The Four Laws of Ecology” first proposed by Barry Commoner, from “The Closing Circle”, 1971.
One: Everything is connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
Two: Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.
Three: Nature Knows Best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.
Four: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. Everything comes from something.
To Be Regenerative Requires An Entirely New Approach and Mindset:
“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail’s pace; progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory. On the back forty we still slip two steps backward for each step forward….. In our attempt to make conservation easy we have made it trivial. The answer, if there is any, seems to be in a land ethic, or some other force which assigns more obligation to the land owner.”
Aldo Leopold, from “The Land Ethic,” from “A Sand County Almanac”, 1948.
To Be Regenerative We Must Take Action NOW – There is No Other Place To Go
“We no longer face a physical frontier, but a change in philosophy, a complete reversal of our attitude towards the earth that might open a door to a golden era far more resplendent than the old. Never in man’s long evolution have such ideas arisen, never has he had a more dramatic choice or one that could change his life more drastically…….We are finally beginning to realize what is at stake. It is more than wilderness, beauty, or peace of mind; it is the survival of man and his culture.”
Sigurd F. Olson, 1976, “Reflections From The North Country”