Need For Urgent Action
The world needs urgent and bold action to address the climate emergency. We have the knowledge necessary to draw down carbon in the atmosphere, regenerate the Earth’s ecosystems, and create shared wellbeing for all.
Yet, the state of the planet continues to worsen. The curve measuring carbon in the atmosphere continues to go straight up as we also confront a global pandemic; ocean acidification; extreme weather; increases in poverty and wealth, gender, and cultural inequality; rapid deforestation; and accelerating degradation of our natural world.
We need moral and spiritual leadership on a planetary scale to accomplish the systemic and transformational change required to overcome this emergency. We also need to recognize that a shift in consciousness is vital to enable action that addresses the root causes of our current crisis.
Fortunately, a catalytic event took place in Rome October 4, 2021 that is culminating in the launch of a new and potentially game-changing initiative: Our Planet Our Future.
Faith Leaders' Call
Before now, the world’s Faith Leaders have not weighed in with a unified voice, calling on humanity to take action to address climate change. That changed on October 4, 2021, when 40 of the world’s most senior Faith Leaders, representing more than 80% of the world’s population, signed a joint proclamation and called on all humanity to take urgent action on the climate emergency.
They said: “We have the moral obligation to cooperate in the healing of the planet. We need to act together to inspire and energize each other. Now it is the time to take transformative action as a common response. Future generations will never forgive us if we squander this precious opportunity. We have inherited a garden: we must not leave a desert to our children.”
Inspired by the call of the Faith Leaders, Our Planet Our Future was introduced as a new and exciting framework of hope and courage for believers and non-believers alike to respond to the call.
Our Planet Our Future
Our Planet Our Future was established as a catalyst and amplifier to engage the Faiths, in close association with Civil Society, Government, and Business, to address the climate emergency by initiating Regeneration Development Projects.
As a Regeneration Developer, Our Planet Our Future undertakes multi-use Regeneration Development Projects that benefit people and the planet.
Our Planet Our Future is currently launching 3 rural Regeneration Development Projects in Africa. Although similar in essence, all the projects have their own tailored approaches and return profiles.
ReGen Ghana: partnering with Caritas Ghana, various landowning Catholic Dioceses, traditional leaders, a private land owner, and the Ghana Forestry Commission to acquire access to approximately 30,000 hectares of land initially for Regeneration Development.
ReGen Madagascar: partnering with the University of Fianarantsoa to develop 75,000 hectares of land suitable for regeneration.
ReGen Zambia: partnering with the Zambian Government and Caritas Zambia to acquire access to 100,000 hectares of land for regeneration.
ReGen Worldwide: Our Planet Our Future aspires to bring its model of Regeneration Development to the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. The first urban version of the model, ReGen NYC, has already begun.
Our Planet Our Future is organized as a Netherlands not-for-profit Regeneration Developer with a for-profit subsidiary that advances the mission of the Foundation and provides earned income to support its activities.
Our Planet Our Future receives guidance and advice from a collaborative of strategic partners, of which UK-based FaithInvest, the international network of religious groups and faith-based institutional investors, is the most important. Our Planet Our Future is creating its media presence in association with Media.Monks.
Paul van Engen
‘Unlocking the vast potential the Faiths have as stakeholders in addressing the climate emergency is, in my view, a gamechanger for the planet and humanity.’
Rahoul Mehra – in
‘I believe Our Planet Our Future’s model – focused on land, people and risk – has cracked the code to scale transparent, high quality projects impacting people and planet.’
James Hurd Nixon – in
‘As a pioneer in Impact Investment and Sustainable Economic Development, I am delighted to help Our Planet Our Future accomplish Regenerative Development.’
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