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Dear <<First Name>>

I bring you another month of inspiration, information and strategy for a world in crisis. Knowing what’s going on is the problem half solved. Feeling into the reality of the facts, with compassion, the mind can get to work. You can figure out how you, with your particular skills, personality and knowledge can contribute towards a  better world. Even if it’s only how you live – that is a good start. But also how you work. That is our biggest contribution. Now is the time to devote your good brain and skills towards a future focused work life too.

Building a regenerative home, garden and career is challenging and utterly exciting. This is the only thing that makes sense to me, that gives me hope in a world where despair is rife. Creating your own meaning is essential now. So much to do, no time to waste. There are the moaners and the doers. The former drains my energy, the latter inspires me. You pick whom you hang out with. Manage your own energy supply.

I am at the Sustainable Brands conference the past few days. Corporate business is of course where the biggest transformation needs to happen, as they have the majority of the footprints on this planet. There are those greenies who feel that business’ sustainability efforts are mere window dressing, even hypocritical. Well, that then makes us all hypocrites. Unless you have a nil footprint on this earth – as in generate your own energy, live off rainwater, grow all your own food and travel via solar energy, generating no waste whatsoever – you are all still part of a culture that needs rapid transformation. Let the one who is innocent throw the first stone, remember?

Start seedlings in an egg shell and, when ready, plant the entire thing. The egg shells will naturally compost providing valuable nutrients to your plants. Image: John K. Langemann

So it is indeed good to see the good intentions, hard work and serious search to transform business into a regenerative design. Right now we are all in transformation towards a new way - imperfect, struggling, learning from each other. Metrics need to change to reflect the true impacts, not to be compared to the past. We need to encourage and support each other.

Instead of blaming and criticizing, let us each reflect inside and towards our own circle of influence and submit to turning the ship. Trust the process. Doing your best is good enough. I have hope because of who I am. I know my caring is a resource I can rely on in others too. There is more inside us than we realise. And as I move around the non-profit AND business worlds I meet a resonance of humanity in transition. And I am re-inspired again.

Thank you for reading and spreading the news.
With love

Elma and the team

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Young leaders and business alike explore solutions

Celebrating our young Future Leaders and listening to their innovative solutions to the challenges of our time was my privilege during the Sustainable Brands conference held in Cape Town this weekend.

5 Gyres and the ban on microbeads

Some years ago we sent a journalist on one of the 5 Gyres Institute's boats to share in the crucial research into the impact of plastic beads on our oceans.

How humans have altered the planet forever

We are living in the Anthropocene age, in which human influence on the planet is so profound – and terrifying – it will leave its legacy for millennia.

Tree Talk Part 1: A tree in an instant

That planting trees is a good idea is not disputed by many. But which trees and when?

7 months of new highs: April breaks global temp. record

April 2016 was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature record.

Keep your house clean the natural way

We have a two year old who loves to draw. She draws every day and can spend ages on one of her masterpieces.

World watching how carbon majors respond to human suffering

Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer.

Fish as serial migrators know no borders

Over many centuries borders have been created by our peoples or have been imposed on them, separating our languages, our cultures, our traditions. But fish knows no borders; they migrate from the waters of one country to another.

Will Eskom join the renewable energy party?

South Africa is the 11th most attractive country in the world for renewable energy investment, revealed a recent story by Ernst and Young.

Waste into home building materials brings new hope

Here is a beautiful fusion of human and environmental needs addressed through innovative design and creative solutions.

Seized Chinese trawler escorted to Cape Town in illegal fishing rumpus

A seized Chinese fishing trawler was escorted into Cape Town harbour by a coastal protection vessel on Saturday and was expected to be searched for evidence of illegal fishing.

The human dynamics of sustainability

What are the human dynamics that play a critical role in ensuring the success behind sustainability initiatives?

Why your life depends on healthy soil


In the first of a series of articles on growing your own food, Valerie Payn starts at the root of the matter – how human health depends on fertile soil.

Thousands evacuated as Canadian wildfire spreads South


The wildfires raging through the Canadian province of Alberta have grown into a behemoth blaze that has consumed an area bigger than New York City.

Shopping in plastic land


It is becoming increasingly difficult to buy locally, stay away from GMO’s and palm oil and not consume plastic. 

No end in sight for Fukushima’s reign of marine terror


The 5th anniversary of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan has come and gone, and, still the whole story hasn’t been told.

Choosing between mining and bloodshed in KwaZulu-Natal


Anti-mining activists in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal are living in fear of their lives in a scenario that echoes the Xolobeni unease on the Wild Coast.
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