Welcome to “The Change Makers” – a weekly video series.
In this series our Change Makers share their stories, their thoughts, their ambitions and their actions to leave our world a better place – to be a Good Ancestor to future generations.
Our planet is experiencing catastrophic environmental harm and it requires us to Think Long Term, beyond our lifetimes, to evaluate our choices and to take actions to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for all.
The stories of those leading the change – The Change Makers – those thinking and acting with long-term vision, are inspirational.
Inspired, we can ask ourselves, “what can we do to be Better Ancestors?”
This week, Better Ancestors visits the West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. John Dronfield (Forever Beech Ltd) and Robin Curtis (Health Based Building) discuss sustainability as a choice in the context of nurturing, harvesting and building with native timbers
Humans consume. This is a fact and is not about to change any time soon.
However, by taking time to understand the consequence of choices available to us, and by choosing respectfully considering our footprint on the natural world, we can limit the harm.
As John and Robin explain, in the realm of timber, it is possible to harvest from a forest and build homes that are not only genuinely sustainable but are beautiful, healthy spaces in which to live.
In Aotearoa we pride ourselves on our connection with and care for our natural environment. But do we really care enough? And then there is the aspect of taking ownership of a problem. As John explains, only 3% of decorative timbers used in New Zealand are sourced from our country. Is it acceptable to pass the problem onto other countries? Is it acceptable to pass problems down through generations?
Or can we think globally and act locally? Perhaps “continuous cover forestry” or “near natural forestry” is part of the solution?
To learn more, you may care to visit https://www.healthbasedbuilding.com/foreverbeech
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Episode 21 premieres next week, Sunday 30 May 2021.
The Change Makers
made possible by the New Zealand Regeneration Investment Group.