This week Awesome Stories brings you regenerative agriculture, diversity, kindness, and better teaching.
Regenerating the Planet
Embracing regenerative agriculture may be our best plan to both reverse climate change and repair ecosystems. According to research from the Rodale Institute, regenerative agriculture might be able to sequester up to 40% of current CO2 emissions, and maybe even 100% if pasture lands were treated the same way! Regenerative agriculture is the term for agriculture that attempts to help nature while growing food. Methods include no-tillage, organic fertilizers, composting, rotating crops, and resting fields to help soils heal and regenerate. Of course, we would also need to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels, but this might be our best way to actually reverse or stabilize climate change. As with most reform, the key is creating enough public awareness and political will. Will you help?
Balancing Diversity and Social Justice
We declare every human being equally valuable. It does not mean we treat all opinions and all behavior equally.
John Pavlovitz does a great job of explaining that accepting diversity and the inherent worth of all people doesn’t mean accepting all ideas or actions as good. The key distinction for John, and I would agree, is that your ideas and actions must not directly hurt or impair the rights of others. I love his analogy of inviting everyone to the table to have a voice. And if your voice, threatens or harms me, then you aren’t welcome at the table. I also think it’s important that we keep reaching out to people with different viewpoints and attempt to build bridges so that we include all people and find ways to work together.
I don’t even watch TV, but I’m glad I found this EllenShow video about Mr. Bonner, the Teacher of the Year for Greenville Elementary School in NC. I love how he uses attitude, creativity, fun and caring to lift up his students. I agree with Ellen that we don’t give teachers enough recognition. Wouldn’t it be great to have more teachers like Mr. Bonner inspiring the next generation of leaders? And kudos to Ellen for using her TV platform to find and share stories about inspiring people. Thanks Ellen.
I love this story by Paul Villard called An Old Telephone. The main character is a child who learns to call “Information Please” on their home’s telephone as his way of not only finding answers, but having a source of help in a challenging world. Read the whole story for a very heart-warming reminder of how kindness can transcend time and distance to build bridges of caring and connection. I love how both Paul and Sally played much bigger roles in each other’s lives than they imagined. Kindness matters!
May your week be full of kindness, inspiration, and regeneration.