Like most of you, we at OCA and Regeneration International are sick and tired of gloom and doom, false promises, and authoritarian/technocratic schemes. We’ve had enough of the mad science, genetic engineering, war-mongering, fear-mongering, political corruption, corporate greed, cancel culture, and media censorship. We’re done with name-calling and yelling at one another instead of sitting down and figuring out how we, the 99%, can move forward on real solutions for the U.S. and the world’s most pressing and dangerous crises—while agreeing to disagree on many of the secondary issues that will likely still divide us for the foreseeable future.
For a start let’s stop pontificating and arguing in the abstract about our current environmental and climate crisis. We’re not going to completely abolish fossil fuel use in the time frame we have left to avoid runaway global warming. However, there is a practical, shovel-ready way to not only mitigate the climate crisis, and restore our polluted environment, but also to improve most working class and rural people’s livelihoods and actually reverse global warming.
Our prescribed cure for the climate crisis is to combine organic and regenerative food, farming, and land-use with a gradual but steady movement toward alternative sources of energy and energy conservation. We don’t need fossil fuels and atomic energy in the long run, but it’s going to take us a while (10-20 years) to phase them out.
Regenerative and organic food, farming, and land use, as we’ve seen from our organizing over the past decade, have a very broad appeal. Regenerative practices, properly framed, can appeal to farmers, ranchers, and consumers; (most) Republicans, Democrats, Greens, and Independents; urban and rural conservationists; young climate and food activists; and even ethically-minded businesses and investors.
Here’s the last chapter in Ronnie’s recent book, Grassroots Rising, where Ronnie outlines a populist roadmap for 2020-2030, designed to reverse the climate crisis and revitalize American democracy.
Here’s a recent essay where Ronnie talks about how we can fund this Regeneration Revolution.