As ‘homo-narrans’, we humans shape the world around us through the stories we tell. While it is difficult not to succumb to pessimism when reading and watching much of contemporary media, a list of projects and organizations acting to better the world – as provided by David Bornstein in his round-up of solutions featured in the NY Times – tells a story of optimism.
Bornstein reminds us that “for every problem we see reported in the news, there are almost always people responding — and some are doing pretty smart things.” The work of Borderlands Restoration (as neatly summarized by Alexis Marie Adams in Scientific American last month) has been proffered in his round-up as an example of a group whose response to local environmental, social and economic challenges gives grounds for optimism regarding humankind’s capacity for positive change.
Extract: “In ‘Restoration Economy’ Strives to Protect Pollinators, Create Jobs, Alexis Marie Adams, reporting in Scientific American, traces the work of Borderlands Restoration, a social enterprise that works along the Arizona-Mexico border to restore the habitat for hundreds of species of wild pollinators like native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and nectar-feeding bats.
Urbanization, chemically intensive mono-crop farming and an increasingly hot and dry climate conspire to destroy the biodiversity upon which wild pollinators depend. In turn, much of the ecosystem’s — and society’s — health depends on them. “The loss of wild pollinators may pose an even more alarming threat to food crops than the loss of honeybees,” Adams wrote. In this low-income region, the company trains and employs locals and provides internships to youth who learn to map area “nectar landscapes,” collect seeds, control erosion, restore plants, and create nesting sites and pollinator gardens.”
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