Regenerative Development – Recovering the safe operating space for human societies
According to the planetary boundaries approach, the “safe operating space for humanity” is the set of conditions required for human societies to develop and thrive, based on the biophysical processes that regulate the stability of Earth’s system (Steffen, 2015). Four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed: loss of biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss), land system change, biogeochemical flows and climate change, putting the future of the planet in danger.
In order to save humanity, we must reverse global damage through regenerative development processes adopted by local communities and linked to social platforms that allow for wide-spread implementation of practices. We need to accelerate measurable impact at global scale to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people and guarantee a future for other life forms on the planet. We need simple processes that can be implemented by all people and that benefit the majority, thus guaranteeing long term increase in livelihoods. Regenerative development is about holistic and systems approaches that bring together true transdisciplinary work.
- Understand the use of the planetary boundaries in the design of holistic solutions to current challenges.
- Students will be able to understand how to integrate “regenerative development layers” to a given territory.
- Establish the linkage between carbon capture and biodiversity increase and increased livelihoods of rural populations.