About Holly Rose

My name is Holly Rose, I’m a writer, soil advocate, and environmentalist sharing tales of regeneration and rewilding through my multimedia projects HollyRose.eco and GatherGrounded.eco

Each piece I write is created with the intention of holistically marrying traditional ecological knowledge, sacred ecology, and scientific restoration. I try to write in a way which enhances my reader’s nature relatedness, encouraging relationships of reciprocity with all living things.

I believe that by amplifying education on regeneration, promoting provenance, and prioritizing on equality, we can restore our lands and communities with daily acts of regenerative reciprocity.

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The Most Sustainable Diet For The Planet Is Not About WHAT You Eat, It's About How What You Eat Is Cultivated

January 18, 2020
The most sustainable diet for the planet is not about WHAT you eat, but HOW what you eat is cultivated seed-to-table. 

In truth it doesn’t matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or meat-eating, our entire food system is unsustainable and degenerative because it exists in the confines of capitalism. An economic system can only exist through the constant consumption of products produced through supremacy over people and planet. 

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DOES APOCALYPSE COW PURPOSEFULLY DISINFORM?
This was my frustration last night as I found myself disappointed by George Monbiot’s ‘Apocalypse Cow’ documentary on Channel 4. I know George is aware of the incredible regenerative agroecology farms across the UK, as well as the scientific studies which back its food security and carbon drawdown possibilities, yet he excluded them from his coverage directly disinforming the viewer by act of emission. I suspect he did this because, on the surface, it challenges veganism's popularity and progress. 

What I had hoped, is that George would move past the battle of the diets, and focus instead on what could be done locally and nationally to help everyone #Eat4Climate.

WHY REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL DIETS
No matter how you eat, the bulk of current land practices displaces co2 from the soil (where it creates life) and forces its migration into the atmosphere and oceans (where its overpopulation does harm).

By restoring soil with agroecology's regenerative agriculture principles (by planting cover crops and perennials, mob grazing native animals, and eliminating monocultures, GM, and tilling), we have the opportunity to transform degenerative practices to regenerative, building healthy topsoil, cultivating nutritious food, and protecting our lands from both drought and flooding, while feeding the billions of life forms below ground.

Regenerative farming increases crop productivity, water retention, nutrient uptake, and pest resistance while culling the dangerous use of synthetic fertilizer, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides which cause our planet and its inhabitants harm.

Though it does include animal husbandry and manure (which does not always mean animal slaughter), there are ‘veganic’ methods which mirror these principals, cultivating plant-based food without animal integration. This practice is 7x slower (if manure is not used) and doesn’t regenerate the biosphere as drastically, but it makes the movement more inclusive for those who wish to keep animals away from their food generation.
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THE REGENERATIVE DIET: #Eat4Climate
Similarly to non-partisan movements which encourage increased voter participation, if we united under a single food sovereignty movement instead of spending our energy on arguing about what other people put inside their bodies, we could create a more powerful and inclusive system which concerns itself with conscious cultivation, leading all of us to eat in ways which respect plant, animal, human, sea and soil life in tandem.

Kiss The Ground has already created an #Eat4Climate movement, which consists of helping people find and cultivate foods which are based around locally grown, seasonal, regenerative options. Including personal cultivation in our own yards, contributing as a group to community gardens, or supporting local regenerative farmers through adopt-a-farmer programmes, or visiting farmer's markets. A diet that honours the interdependence of all forms of life across the globe while protecting cultural foods and practices.

Through regenerating our soil, this movement has the potential to contribute to the reversal of global warming, enhance health, and human relatedness, while culling eco-anxiety, climate depression and disease. Bringing us together in the name of positive progression and unity instead of dividing us on the details.

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Wondering How To Help The Australian Bushfires? Avoid Returning To Dissonance

January 04, 2020
Like most of you, I’ve been haunted daily by the apocalyptic anthology alight in Australia these past months. Though I’m inspired by the stories and acts of humanity that have risen from this tragedy, I’ve lived long enough to learn that no matter how much money we send in its wake (which we should do), it will only ever act as a bandaid. 

Apart from these moments in Australia, California and Amazonia, where we all gasp collectively at the sheer size of the calamity, an overwhelming majority of us will return to our daily lives and dig into the dissonance, because we know that if we truly got involved in ways that halt these horrors before they happen, we’ll have to disrupt our lifestyles of privilege, and because we cannot imagine a world any different than the one we live in, we’ll choose avoidance over action. 

The problem is, avoidance does not diminish the tragedy of climate chaos nor the social and economic injustice created, it only empowers and emboldens its pains. If we reject collective grief, we lose collective joy. Because eventually, if we don’t rise together in unity to demand changes that are truly revolutionary, the horrors of climate catastrophe will arrive at our doorsteps and snatch the prolonged joy we’ve been hoarding. 

“Better to suffer in truth than prosper in falsehood” a Danish fisherman once said to me, as I sat lamenting the discomforts of knowledge on the shores of the North Sea. His words have rung in my mind throughout this past decade, in the moments I wished to unknow what I’d gleaned so I could go back to the joyous frivolity celebrated by our narcissistic society. 
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Yet I’ve learnt, in those moments, that knowledge is a gift not a curse. A seed of change you cannot suffocate, rooting itself into your mind, body and soul as an ancient reminder that in order to perceive your personal path, to earn wisdom, to grow individually and as a society, and to insight transformative change, we must sit with the chaos, and the discomfort. Only there will we imagine a different future, only there can we find a soulful response to the troubles of humanity and the living world. 

I believe there is a thread of purpose from the centre of our own life into the world, which when contributed to the collective, weaves itself into the fabric of reality contributing to change. Our purpose, individually and as a species, is to transform. To share our individual gifts with community and cherish the offerings of others as we evolve into an enhanced version of humanity, rooted in relationships of respect and reciprocity. 

I pray 2020 will commence a decade of climate action, one so powerful that in ten years’ time we’ll look back and be proud of how far we came. As we’ll be living in a world completely unlike this one, where the wellness and abundance currently procured through pools of privilege as a personal gain, will be measured instead by the physical, mental and social well-being of all living things collectively and prosperity will be measured by the depth of our relationships. 

It might seem hopeless today, next week and next month, but I truly believe if we each do our part, and inspire others to do the same, we can truly and meaningfully change. Because the truth is, we can only truly rise if we rise together, and we can only save the living world if we work together. All flourishing is mutual.
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Why Yak Wool Is Amongst The Most Ethical And Sustainable Fibers

December 16, 2019
Procured through ancient wisdoms of regeneration, yak wool is amongst the most ethical and sustainable winter yarns in modern existence.

For thousands of years, indigenous nomadic herders have stewarded land and animals across the globe.  One corner of that stewardship is shepherding, a piece of traditional ecological knowledge imitated by holistic planned grazing. These practices regenerate the soil, plants and biosphere by mimicking the natural movements of semi-wild yaks on the landscapes they evolved from and for. 

For these tribes, yak's are an integral part of life. Much like the buffalo is to the indigenous peoples on the great plains of Turtle Island ('North America'), or the reindeer to the S├ími peoples
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As is customary in nature, the gifts given are bound to reason. Throughout the winter, which dips temperatures well below freezing, the yak grows a down coat to protect itself from the elements. Then, when the weather warms again, these woolly coats release, offering the tribes who care for them the opportunity to comb and collect the fleece shed to be spun into yarn.

The regenerative fibre created through this symbiotic partnership is softer than cashmere and ranges through a rainbow of earthy tones, free of the toxic dyes and colours we've come to know.

By remaining close to its natural state, this durable fleece invites each item created to return to the landscapes from which it was born, once the garments created have lived their lives in their new form.

This naturally circular fashion system, created by mother nature to be free from harm, is put at risk by the antithetical fashions of fast societies whose cultures uphold degenerative subsistence by creating in ways which poison and pull resources the land's bounty with unnatural supremacy and speed, contributing heavily to climate breakdown and consumptive disease.  

Yak rearing is practised over a wide geographical area involving diverse groups of people, cultures, indigenous knowledge, as well as ecological zones, migration patterns, crops, genetic resources, and socio-ecological interactions. These peoples, animals and lands are facing the effects of climate breakdown, contributing to shortages in winter fodder, a decline in the number of yaks born and surviving, and restrictions on mobility and exchange. 
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By supporting small regenerative brands who source with integrity and create with traditional artistry is one small way of ensuring the knowledge and practices of peoples wiser than we, are protected, supported as well as our soil, lands, waterways and the lives that live above and below it.

Below, I've shared a working list in progress of regenerative, ethical, fair yak wool brands. 

If you know/have a regenerative, traditionally procured and processed, undyed yarn, yak brand, please email hello@hollyrose.eco 

Please Note: like wool, or alpaca, not all yak products are created with fair, ethical, or regenerative practices, if you're purchasing from anyone NOT listed below, please do your research and be sure to ask: 1) is the yak procured fairly from traditional nomadic tribes 2) is the yak processed into yarn through traditional methods 3) is the yak left undyed?

WHERE TO FIND REGENERATIVE YAK WOOL

Based in Nepal, the production process of their yak knits is handled from start to finish by maximizing transparency and social impact. The yak is fairly traded from local nomadic tribes and each knit is created in the homes of artisans working with the local social enterprise Diandi partners enabling flexible work environments.
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How To Vote For The Party You Want, While Still Voting Tactically To Remain

December 11, 2019
Being forced to vote tactically is not real democracy, moving the question from "who's policies best represent me" to "who do I hate least". ⁣That said, here in the UK, 126 marginal seats with competitive 'axis' of Leave/Remain will swing our country away from Europe, or swing us away. ⁣

However, Brexit isn't the only thing at stake, what is at stake is meaningful societal change. And whether we 'leave' or 'remain', no party beholden to our current economic systems of 'GDP', held up by fabricated ‘demands’ beholden to our acts of compulsive consumption can ever bring the change needed. ⁣

I only know one party who can regenerate our culture and country. Who has the wisdom, values and track record to offer and deliver meaningful social, economic and climate justice that will weave and intersect at every level of reality, but they're barely given a blip on the screen.⁣

So I pondered, tried to gain deep understanding, and thanks to the guidance, explanations, conversations, collaborations, and creations with friends, family, fellow influencers, candidates, leaders, and think I have an idea of what those feeling lost can (try to) do. ⁣ Using the power we hold in the ballot box, our belief that we can change our collective reality, and our hope for the future. ⁣
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STEP 1: KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR
It is easy to be swayed by the media's portrayal of this election and its parties. Instead of letting your mind be made up for you, try voteforpolicies.org.uk which will help ensure you're voting for policies which align with your values, rather than being swayed by the 'two-horse' and 'tactical' narrative. This is the 'Brexit Election', but this is ALSO the 'Climate Election' and, the 'Human Rights' election. All of the issues covered in each party's manifesto will shape our lives and all lives to follow. This is not, and cannot be a single-issue election. 

please note ...
Based on 526.3k surveyed by voteforpolicies.org.uk which presents policies without the party's name for people to select based on the information, the true race would between Labour (24.1%) and The Green Party (22.9%)

However, if in addition to this, voters read each party of interest's manifesto, uncovering how the policies connect and the reality they paint for us, collectively, would Labour still lead? Though Labour has co-opted The Green Party's creations including 'The Green New Deal' and the 'Green Industrial Revolution', there are huge contradictions living within their manifesto, which I've listed after 'Step 4' below. 


STEP 2: FIND OUT IF YOU CAN VOTE FOR THE PARTY YOU WANT
Based on your results from voteforpolicies.org.uk, head over to tactical.vote and see what the situation is in your constituency. Voting tactically can go beyond the party tactical.vote state, if under your constituency the site says is 'not a marginal seat' or 'tactical voting is unnecessary' then choose the party who you feel best represents you, empowering their voice in your area. 

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If your constituency is not swing seat or marginal seat (having a margin between leave/remain parties of more than 10%), or if you live in a 'remain' party stronghold, you do not need to vote 'tactically' to 'remain', as your constituency's future, for the most part, was decided decades ago. In this election, already existing electoral pacts will likely have a bigger impact than tactical voting at the polls, as people voting tactically along a Leave/Remain axis will broadly cancel each other out

There are 10 places with key swing seats (North East Fife, Hastings and Rye, Canterbury, Workington, Bolsover, Kensington, Richmond Park, Crewe and Nantwich, Brecon and Radnorshire, Cheltenham) which may define the general election. There are an additional 116 marginal seats where the axis of change has a swing of less than 10%. These are the seats to vote tactically in.
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STEP 3: CAN YOU SWAP YOUR VOTE?
If the party you want in power doesn't have a member standing in your constituency, or if you live in a swing seat, you can 'swap your vote' with someone to give the party you align with most a voice somewhere else. The app providing this connection, Swap My Vote, is said to have swung results in the 2015 election in Hove, Chester and Ealing Central and Acton. 

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As most of my readers are environmentalists who would likely vote for The Green Party. A Green Vote Is NOT A Wasted Vote. In key constituencies, you can help get more Greens into parliament to speak for people and the planet free of ties to industry. These key Green Party constituencies are Isle of Wight (Vix Lowthion) and or Bristol West (Carla Denyer), Stroud (Molly Scott Cato) as well as marginal seats throughout large cities like London. So if you're in a Labour stronghold, you could try Swap My Vote with people in those areas.

STEP 4: WHERE TO VOTE
The final step in this important process is knowing where to vote. If you haven't received your voting ballot, that's ok, just head to the polling station in your area and give them your name and address. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 12 December. You can find your local polling station online at wheredoivote.co.uk

PART 2: HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LABOUR OR GREEN

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THINGS ENVIRONMENTALISTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LABOUR
- Labour supports conventional economic growth (GDP), which is the main driver of climate breakdown and nature depletion.

- Labour supports HS2 which is an act of Ecocdie (a crime against nature and people). To create HS2, huge areas of natural woodland will be bulldozed, cutting already depleted wildlife habits in half and releasing carbon into the atmosphere, which increases global heating.

- Labour supports a new mine in Cumbria and Airport Expansions across the UK. If they're truly committed to 'carbon neutrality by the 2030s' why would they invest in these contributors to climate change? 

- Labour will renew and build Nuclear Power Stations (including Trident Renewal Programmes and Hinkey Point), a dangerous a degenerative energy source.

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WHY A GREEN VOTE IS NOT A WASTED VOTE
- ''The Green New Deal', 'Green Industrial Revolution' and 'The New Deal For Nature' were all creations of THE GREEN PARTY There is no better party to instigate these policies then the people who created them.

- Every party receives 'Short Money' directly proportional to the number of votes their party receives. This money goes towards covering the party's cost and the creation of proposals like the three listed above. If you care about the planet and people, 'short money' for GREENS is vital. 

Already existing electoral pacts - like the one Greens, Lib-Dems and Plaid Cymru collaborated on - will likely have a bigger impact than tactical voting does. 

- We CAN get GREENS elected into parliament THIS ELECTION in key constituencies like Isle of Wight (Vix Lowthion), Bristol West (Carla Denyer), Stroud (Molly Scott Cato) and marginal seats throughout large cities like London (and everywhere).

A New Deal For Nature: Amplifying the Voices and Rights of Nature and Wildlife

December 08, 2019
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Had these 18th-century folk Linnaeus, Darwin and Wallace now poised on the wall, known the abuses the next 200 odd years would cause nature to befall, they might have too stood in this way to save her. Yet as enchanted by the natural world that they were, they couldn’t have imagined how viciously our society would treat her. 

Life of the living on all levels has been purposefully neglected in political and public debate across the world. Painted over with threats of new borders and new wars which cover nature’s cries with other noise, as we bleed her dry for the sake of a vault full of tree pulp with numbers and faces on it.

Aware of these imbalances and injustices, those gathered behind the carefully carved podium at The Linnean Society of London announced their ‘New Deal For Nature’ with poetic urgency. Each line of each page laid out promising ideas to enhance the biodiversity of the natural world, while also increasing the diversity of human access to her. Ensuring the full spectrum of our species is engaged and empowered to know her, so their voices will also be raised to speak with and for her. 

To make the ideas presented more accessible, I’ve coalesced their proposals into an acronym for N.A.T.U.R.E, gathering the gist of their ideas, leaving space for the reader delve into the details (via the link in my profile) by desire and in time. 

Like The Green New Deal written by the same soulful leader (Caroline Lucas), I hope these words will help inspire you to spread the New Deal For Nature to the lands you dwell on too (alongside the Red Deal which protects the land and demands multi-species caretaking beyond the GND and beyond GDP also).

N - NATIONAL PARKS
and other protected landscapes
Approximately 60,000 species of animals and organisms inhabitant the UK, each deserving of the right to thrive and live a healthy life alongside us. Currently, the corners of the natural world protected by dutiful designations like ‘National Parks’ or ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ are islands of biodiversity, caged by a sea of degenerative agriculture and concrete highways. To free nature from our imposed constraints, we have to open up the gates, creating a connected capillary network of corridors which stretch across the UK making space for nature to travel and flourish in levels not recently seen. This web of wonders must also be paired with similar definitions of expansion, increasing the number of protected places from 9.45% to 20%, bringing nature closer to people and - with the development of proper sustainable and affordable transport links – people from all walks of life, closer to nature. READ MORE

A - ADVOCATES
public voices for nature
For the natural world to have a place at the table, its voice must be restored in the corridors of power and on every neighbourhood council. To do this, statutory nature framework on all levels of local and national decision making would be inserted, to ensure, no matter which party presides over these islands, that state-funded conservation advisors will be heard. This voice made up of a re-empowered NCC and a newly established ‘Council For Nature' would be encouraged to work collaboratively. Reinforcing the links between non-government and government organisations to create a unified voice on nature policy across the nation. To support these groups, a budget framework would be built to fund their programs, census work and research, ensuring decisions made are backed by the latest science and traditional knowledge. READ MORE

T - TUTELAGE
biosecurity for our wildlife
There is no simple nor singular solution to the wildlife and nature crisis we’re wound in. To untangle ourselves we must retrain our brains to embrace collaborative critical thought led by intersectional systemic understanding to be integrated into comprehensive policy planning. Part of conservation and regeneration is protection (or for the sake of this acronym, ‘tutelage’) which is a complex section of stewardship not often shared. Though nature knows no borders, human aided migration of organisms and wildlife has introduced 3,000 non-native species and augmented an additional 10-12 every year, causing biodiversity and biosecurity issues for other living beings. In addition, archaic industrial hunting practices have further tipped the imbalance between native and non-native species, unnaturally increasing populations of favoured breeds, shooting endangered species, and mismanaging ‘pests’ to suit singular need. A New Deal For Nature proposes to activate implementation and ongoing development of the Invasive Non-native Species Framework Strategy for Great Britain and Overseas Territories, as well as reform of hunting practices here in the UK and an end to industrial shooting. Both of which shall protect the natural world and the species native to it. READ MORE

U - URBAN WILDLIFE
bringing nature to people and people to nature
They say it is hard to Love what you do not know, and hard to save what you do not Love, yet today, 83% of England’s population lives in urban areas, putting the majority of human beings out of reach of wild green spaces. A national rewilding and regreening of personal and public lands has been scientifically proven to increase our physical and mental wellbeing, while enhancing wildlife biodiversity and carbon drawdown. UK gardens cover an area larger than the county of Somerset, and more than 25% of the UK's public land could be restored to nature. For greening both public and private land, A New Deal For Nature proposes banning the use of toxic chemicals including pesticides, removing plastic grass, concrete, and other non-porous surfaces, and embracing instead the scruff and scrub which helps nature flourish. In addition, outfitting all homes and buildings with nesting houses and hedgehog holes for wildlife to live in and pass through will aid in cohabitation and care. Pocket parks and wildlife patches within 1km of every home, as well as ponds, marshes, or reedbeds and a village green per five houses newly build will create spaces for communities to gather in and children to play. Even industrial estates and shopping centres would be beholden to rewild and regenerate surrounding natural spaces. READ MORE

R - REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE & AQUACULTURE
how to produce food and revive wildlife
Regenerative Farming (practised with the use of cover crops, by mob grazing native animals, and by eliminating monocultures, GMO, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, nitrogen fertilizer and tilling) and Regenerative Aquaculture (which enhances fish populations and coastal habitats through small-scale, near shore, local traditional methods) offers restoration of both land and sea. Building healthy soil and de-acidifying oceans by feeding carbon to plants, which in turn forms nutritious food, reverses global warming and revitalizes local economies. The bulk of current farming and fishing practices displace carbon from plant matter on land and in the sea (where it creates life) and forces its migration into the earth's atmosphere and ocean's waters (where its overpopulation causes harm). ANew Deal For Nature proposes rewarding farmers financially for the biodiversity of their farms, supporting farmers and fishers to convert to regenerative practices, and funding people interested in becoming regenerative farmers or fishers to start their own low impact and environmentally beneficial methods of cultivation, locally, increasing biodiversity and human diversity on sea and land while enhancing food justice and food sovereignty for every human in the nation. READ MORE

E - EDUCATION
schools, curriculum and young people
The circle of ecological compassion is enlarged by direct experience in the living world and shrunken by its lack. Far too many young people have been robbed of access to nature, and by proxy hold little knowledge of our dependence on other species for healthy food, air, water, and wellbeing. A New Deal For Nature proposes to empower the next generation with ecologically literate education which puts nature at the heart of their learning, guiding each child and teenager with hope and solutions rather than fear and doom. By ensuring daily access to the natural world through a minimum of one-hour outdoor learning, establishing Natural History GCSE, twinning primary schools with local farms, creating outdoor edible growing areas in playgrounds and offering 10k annual work-placement opportunities in the natural world for teenagers to ensure relationships of reciprocity resonate past formative years. These programs intend to enhance nature relatedness by creating unbreakable bonds between the living world and each young person, regardless of ethnicity and social backgrounds. READ MORE
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