Our society has been built on a bedrock of linear thinking which has severed us from nature almost completely. Our decoupling from the living world has dissolved our sense of belonging and disrupted our sense of meaning,  breaking our understanding of the natural order of things. 

Sustainability is not black and white, leaving room for greenwashing and misinformation which misguides our policies and production, often deepening the damage done. The beauty of having clearly defined, simple, and explanatory umbrella terms to tuck our well-intended morals and ideals under, is that education and information spreads faster.
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In the 'Soil Advocacy Training' I’m currently enrolled in with Kiss The Ground, Finian Makepeace explained the importance of this concept perfectly: 

DEGENERATIVE MODEL
The model we’ve built our society around is degenerative, allowing production and policy to leave the planet WORSE off for the fact that it’s occurred. Proliferating irreversible deterioration to the living planet, and destabilising the health of every living thing on it. 

SUSTAINABLE MODEL
The sustainability model is one which allows us to use and abuse without complete destruction of the natural world, selfishly offering nothing in return. Though sustainability might be a logical reaction to the degenerative model by giving us the option to do less harm, it requires continuous investment in exploration financially and energetically ... which isn't truly sustainable in the long run.

REGENERATIVE MODEL
Regeneration is the model of reciprocity in which production or policy leaves the planet BETTER off for the fact that it’s occurred. It restores and replaces more than it takes, creating a society which lives in symbiosis with the natural world, rather than above it. It is one of the BIGGEST BEACONS OF HOPE we have, as regenerative systems help reverse global heating and prevent further climate breakdown, drawing carbon back down into the soil where it belongs. Letting life beget life as intended.  
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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift, and it is fundamental to our survival that the restoration of our society mirrors nature’s cyclical systems. If we can guide these changes with transparency, reflection and honesty, we’ll learn to delight in diversity like nature does, embrace unity like nature does, and accept the power of birth, death, and regeneration like nature does; healing our planet and society from the inside out, and outside in again.

** Though I received these teachings from Kiss The Ground via their 'Soil Advocacy Training', this way of thinking, and any concepts I’m presenting, directly stem from Indigenous knowledge. I give thanks for their wisdom and undying dedication to protecting and restoring our planet, despite nearly constant persecution for generations.
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