Overhauling our self-image on Overshoot Day

Perhaps you saw the news that we just passed the day in the year when we exhausted nature’s annual harvest, acting as if we have 1.75 planets to live off of. Humanity gives a big shrug. As Daniel Quinn pointed out in his illuminating book, Ishmael, our story, our self-image, all the way back to Adam and Eve, is that we’re screw ups. From the very beginning, we blundered in the Garden of Eden. So on Overshoot Day each year, we collectively shrug. Oh, well, there we go again.

We need a new story. This article suggests we see ourselves as a keystone species, one in the web of life upon which that many others depend. “The bee pollinates the flower it robs.” It’s our job to keep things in balance, to give as well as receive.

There are emerging business models that show what this might look like. Regenerative agriculture, Circular Economy, Biomimicry. Here’s one example that comes to you in a can or loose leaf tea:

Guayaki and its Market Driven Regeneration Business Model, … puts the regeneration of people, community and nature at the center of everything the company does. Working directly with indigenous peoples in South America, Guayaki is growing mate — the primary ingredient in its tasty, caffeinated beverages — in ways that sequester more carbon than they emit and increase biodiversity on the lands across their supply chain, all while preserving native culture and improving people’s lives. Guayaki has been carbon net negative for 22 years with a 100 percent fossil-fuel-free fleet and a growing stronghold in the mate market.

How could your organization give back more than it takes? What’s your role in restoring Eden and our proper role in Creation?