June 17th has been designated by the United Nations as World Day to Combat Desertification. While it is wonderful to celebrate those who are toiling to ensure that the Earth’s natural ecosystems can flourish it is important to realize that one day a year to combat desertification is not enough. The only way to succeed is if everyday is a day to combat desertification.
All over the world scientific teams have been measuring the threats and the risks that we are facing at this time in human history. Whether we look at desertification, climate change, biodiversity loss, toxic pollution, violence, war, migration and more the data is clear. Ending human degradation of forests, grasslands, wetlands, coastal regions and mountains is absolutely necessary but also insufficient. We are called to restore all of the natural ecosystems on the Earth. Regeneration must become the central intention of human civilization.
The Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation and Ecosystem Restoration Camps provide ways for ordinary people to take direct action to combat desertification and mitigate and adapt to climate changes by making the Earth as resilient and robust as it can be. By joining together we can all learn how to act as a species on a planetary scale. We can infiltrate water, grow organic soils, propagate and plant out keystone species to catalyze biodiversity. We can transform our lifestyles, learning how engage everyone in low impact, sustainable living. We can design a society and an economy that is not based on production and consumption but rather on health and functionality.
The Hopi Raincatchers are showing how this can work.
You can join in this type of work and have fun with it at the Ecosystem Restoration Camps. If we all join together with our families and friends and just continuously grow this movement we have a method to restore the Earth and do our best to ensure that the generations yet to come will have a healthy and sustainable future.
We are at a crossroads in human history. The concepts at the heart of an economy based on disparity, mass-production and consumption is leading to predictable and catastrophic outcomes. We need to find methods that bring us back to more simple, healthy lifestyles. We need to find ways to work together to do what needs to be done to mitigate and to adapt to human induced desertification, climate change, toxic pollution, biodiversity lose, violence, migration and war. The camps can make this possible for us.
Today, on the World Day to Combat Desertification why not join with the thousands of people who are discussing this online and the hundreds that have already become members of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation dedicated to engaging us all in Healing the Earth.
Sincerely, John D. Liu