Happy Holidays from Rē / New Years Party / RēTour Puerto Rico / News Offerings / UN Biodiversity Conference / Teaching Climate Change / MA Greenhouses / 2022 Reading List
Our dearest Regenerative School community,
Happy holidays to you and yours! This will be our last newsletter of 2022, but we will be back in your inbox on January 7th with more books, articles, podcasts, course announcements and more.
Of course, we also share a roundup of some reading that we enjoyed this week and a list of all the books we recommended this year!
Got Plans December 30th?
Join us as we celebrate community, set intentions for the new year, and honor nature with a small benefit with big impact. We will gather at the Amesbury Friends Meeting House on Friday, December 30, 2022 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. There will be food, an ecology walk, star gazing, and prizes to benefit Rē: The Regenerative School.
Donations at the door. Click here to RSVP, we hope you will join us as we “RēStart” and “RēNew” with the Year!
RēNew Year Donation Drive
The Regenerative School is raising funds for future course offerings and land to house a memorial community garden in honor of G. Scott Laing, Director Ashlei Laing’s late father, who was known in the seacoast community for his vegetable gardens. Click here to help us plant change, and feed our new community with fresh, chemical free produce in his memory.
2023 Puerto Rico Educational Tour
Connect with the land and its people. Engage in community-driven service work, and explore the rich biodiversity and alluring ecology of the island. Discover your inner landscape through breath work, reflection and somatic practices. Participate in authentic interactions with the people of Puerto Rico, their true history, culture and art on this transformative ten day excursion. Tour dates to be announced in the new year. Watch this space for more details!
- In “COP15: Aboriginal Australians Connect Biodiversity to Human Rights,” ATMOS’ Madeleine Gregory asks Aboriginal Australians what they want to see happen at the upcoming the biodiversity summit in Montreal. If you are curious about COP15, Chris Arsenault does a great job it breaking down in Grist’s The world is struggling to figure out conservation. First Nations have some ideas.
- Massachusetts has recently funded 487 projects, including geothermal-powered greenhouses and electric tractors, to strengthen its food system and make local production more efficient. Civil Eats’ Meg Wilcox reports on how the $58 million program is connecting local producers and harvesters to a resilient food system.
- Somini Sengupta pens an incredible piece titled “Tiny Vanuatu Uses Its ‘Unimportance’ to Launch Big Climate Ideas” for the New York Times tracing the outsized influence that tiny Vanuatu has had on the push toward climate accountability. Great read.
- Earther’s Molly Taft reports on a new study that finds that more than half of the world’s resource base for crucial energy transition materials is located on or near land where Indigenous people live!
- At present, 42 Fijian villages have been earmarked for potential relocation in the next five to 10 years, owing to the impacts of the climate crisis. Six have already been moved. Hakai Magazine’s Kate Lyons investigates the future of relocation for the island nation.
- In “Keystone pipeline shut after 14,000-barrel oil spill in Kansas,” Brijesh Patel, Rod Nickel, and Nia Williams cover the largest onshore spill in years for Reuters.
- There are several nature-based initiatives unfolding in Latin America around watershed conservation. Kimberly Brown explores how Peru is tackling water scarcity with nature-based solutions for Mongabay News.
- In “Many States Omit Climate Education. These Teachers Are Trying to Slip It In,” The New York Times’ Winston Choi-Schagrin profiles some of inspiring educators creatively teaching climate change in middle school around the country.
In 2022, we recommended some great books to our community on topics ranging from food sovereignty, indigenous thought, racial justice, and trauma healing. We thought we would list them all below in case you are looking for some thought-provoking nightstand material for the new year!
- Translating Food Sovereignty: Cultivating Justice in an Age of Transnational Governance by Matthew C. Canfield
- Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farmingby Liz Carlisle
- Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Expanded Edition): Experience the Healing Power of Nature by M. Amos Clifford
- The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret Savoy
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- A World Without Soil: The Past, Present, and Precarious Future of the Earth Beneath Our Feet by Jo Handelsman
- Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation by Paul Hawken
- Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science by Jessica Hernandez
- Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future by Patty Krawec
- Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History by Jori Lewis
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
- Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet by George Monbiot
- Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery
- Farming for Our Future: The Science, Law, and Policy of Climate-Neutral Agriculture by Peter H. Lehner & Nathan A. Rosenberg
- Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard
- Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture: Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty, and Climate Change By Vandana Shiva
- The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet by Leah Thomas
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
- Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta
What have you been reading? What have you been listening to? Write to us at email@example.com and let us know.
Thank you for joining and supporting us this year! See you in 2023!
The Rē Team