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Resist & Regenerate

The Regeneration Revolution · Renewal from the Grassroots

As consumers and citizens we have the power to change the marketplace and to rebuild our broken political system.

#politicalrevolution We must absolutely resist the destructive elements at work in Washington D.C. But we must also regenerate our democracy by working together to identify and elect politicians at the city, state and federal levels who will advance policies that reflect our common ideals.

#consumerrevolution We must unite around consumer campaigns designed to force corporations toward organic and regenerative production methods. And we must take responsibility for the environmental and social consequences of our own buying decisions.

The "Resist & Regenerate" Campaign is a Mexico and US-based initiative in collaboration with the Organic Consumers Association. Follow OCA's Campaign Page for the most up-to-date resources and news.

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What is the Regeneration Revolution?

Our common planet, and our common governing system, are in crisis. We must unite to resist the forces that are degenerating our food, health, climate, social and political systems—but we must also focus on solutions, on how to regenerate those systems.

The Regeneration Movement is a grassroots-powered movement that aims to connect the dots between all of our burning single issues, and bring together people and movements into a united and powerful force capable of transforming the marketplace through consumer campaigns, and of reclaiming our democracy by electing new city, county and state officials.

The Regeneration Movement is not a partisan left or right, democratic, republican, independent, green party or libertarian movement. This Resist & Regenerate meetup, one of hundreds across the country, is open to everyone who wants to learn more about regenerative food, farming and natural health, and how these issues also relate to climate, and social and economic justice.

Everyone who attends will be invited to participate in the #ConsumerRevolution and #PoliticalRevolution that we so desperately need.

RESISTANCE:

The act of fighting against something that is attacking you, or refusing to accept something — Cambridge Dictionary

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REGENERATION:

A: Renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process; B: spiritual renewal or revival — Merriam-Webster

Why Do We Need It?

AN ECOSYSTEM IN CRISIS. The most basic resources required to feed the world and sustain life—soil, air, water—have reached unprecedented levels of deterioration and pollution. According to the UN, at the current rate of degradation (much of it caused by degenerative industrial agriculture), the world’s topsoils could be gone within 60 years.

Degenerative industrial agriculture practices, along with irresponsible fossil fuel extraction, also threaten biodiversity, nature’s insurance policy against crop-damaging pests and extreme weather events. The natural “background” rate of extinction is about one-to-five species per year—but scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times that rate.

The Global Footprint Network says humans now consume 50% more of earth’s natural resources than the planet can regenerate on its own. This unsustainable exploitation of our natural resources can be traced to corporate greed and consumer-driven over-consumption. And it has created a global climate crisis. If left unchecked, scientists warn that global warming will precipitate massive food and economic insecurity, and lead to worldwide social and political chaos. We must reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. But we must also, as climate scientist James Hansen suggests, restore the health and natural capacity of our soils and forests so they can do what they are meant to do—draw down the excess CO2 in our atmosphere and store it in our trees and soils.

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