with Neal Spackman, Regenerative Resources
Ep. #223 of The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast
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The Earth is unique, irreplaceable – it’s our home. We can’t keep destroying it little by little. So then, why are billionaires more interested in the exploration of other planets instead of restoring our Mother Earth? There is still a chance to save the Earth, and one of these solutions is through regenerative agriculture projects.
Neal Spackman is the Founder & CEO of the Regenerative Resources and the Founder & former Director of the Al Baydha project in Saudi Arabia. Regenerative Resources is an ecosystem service company that acquires highly-degraded lands and transforms them into restored ecosystems of agroecologies.
In today’s show, Neal walks us through the start of the regenerative agriculture project in a completely degraded desert landscape and how they transformed it into breathtaking, green life agroforestry. He also touches on topics about the poverty degradation trap, the massive effect of deforestation, and nature-based solutions.
The full transcript for this episode and more can be found at SocialEntrepreneurship.FM/223.
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“If we want to build an economy, we do it by destroying the environment. If we want to save the environment, we do it by cutting it off from people. When you have poverty adjacent to conservation, that conservation will fail. And so, historically, because we have separated these out into separate sets of problems, we will never solve either of them, because they are inextricably connected. You cannot solve one set without taking the other into consideration.”— Neal Spackman, Regenerative Resources
Links & Resources Mentioned
- Neal Spackman on Twitter
- Regenerative Resources
- Regenerative Resources on YouTube
- Al Baydha Project in Saudi Arabia
- The Valley of Death blog post
- Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution by L. Hunter Lovins, Amory B. Lovins, and Paul Hawken
- Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
- Architecture for the Poor by Hassan Fathy
- Cory Ames on LinkedIn and Twitter
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