The Elders for Regenerative Living (ERL) Action Group addresses the broad question:
How do we Elders live and act more regeneratively so that our grandchildren and future generations have an habitable planet and a society that support their growth as human beings?
Elders for Regenerative Living (ERL) was created a few years ago by offering the Choices for Sustainable Living course – which is a great first step to engage in individual actions. Now we need to step up to the new imperative presented by the UN Panel on Climate Change which has recently warned us of the acceleration of the negative effects of climate change. To address the systemic degradation of all life on earth, ERL seeks to probe the root causes of our predicament, and translate the most innovative and valuable insights of the regeneration field into accessible practices and actions.
The regenerative living paradigm creates the conditions conducive for life to continuously renew itself, to transcend into new forms, and to flourish amid ever-changing life conditions. The needs of the Earth and all life are met, creating thriving, healthy life possibilities for individuals and whole earth systems. Regenerative living calls for an evolution in consciousness that attunes us to the Principles of Life, which are life-affirming, ever-changing, diverse, collaborative, cyclical, and flowing within an interconnected whole. It asks us to reinvent ourselves by doing the inner, interpersonal, and outer work necessary to transform and regenerate our lives, our societies, and our living planet.
ERL participants are endeavoring to be at the forefront of this work, which is emerging and self-organizing. Elders are in the unique position to be models and stewards of this shift in consciousness through sacred activism and by becoming good ancestors. Building on the most inspiring resources in the field, we are experimenting with a regenerative program that will help create conditions within which our Planet and Regenerative Elderhood can flourish.
From there we move into action!
Meetings and Events
A new program of meetings, events, and webinars is in the planning stages to address a number of regenerative possibilities around different facets of regeneration as you will experience when you participate over the next year. It is not only about building up the Earth’s physical aspects like soil, agriculture, oceans, and wildlife… it is about changing the big picture from a linear take-make-waste economy to a circular economy with a zero waste goal. And doing no more harm!
Regenerative medicine, as an example, is a new field that “goes beyond disease management to search for and discover therapies that support the body in repairing, regenerating and restoring itself to a state of well-being as it ages – according to the Mayo clinic”. Our bodies are small living planets just like our Planet Earth. When we regenerate ourselves, we regenerate the Earth.
We plan to present an inviting pallet of approaches and practices – and offer a variety of actions that can stem the climate crisis.
A Conversation with Paul Hawken
November 9, 2021
9:00 – 10:30 am PT / 12:00 -1:30 pm ET
Paul Hawken in conversation about his new book REGENERATION: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation
Paul writes: “We are either stealing the future or healing the future. We are being called to move from comfort to courage.”
September 27 – December 6, 2021
(Every other Monday)
9:00 – 11:00 am PT / 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
The term “sustainability” is used so freely, it’s difficult to understand what it can mean. Simply put, Sustainable Living is to meet the needs of all life forms equitably now and for the future. Regenerative Living builds on this model and along with ecological principles creates thriving, more complex, diverse and healthy living systems. We must do both!