Why an endowment fund?

By Pierre Rabhi

Why is it that some people are genuinely concerned about the world’s problems, enough to dedicate their lives to caring for the planet? Should we expect any greater return than the spread and application of positive values free of ideologies and beliefs?

Fortunately, this approach is not limited to mere ideas or wishful thinking; it offers real, concrete proposals, like agroecology, a well-documented potential solution to world hunger. We have long tested it in the most adverse of conditions, such as those in the semi-arid Sahel regions.

Our initiatives are not designed to simply “fix” the societal model, which is glaringly incompatible with humanity and nature, but to radically change it. It is high time that politics adapt to the realities of today’s world.

Human beings are the only species bent on destroying itself and the very foundations of life. This behavior clearly contradicts our self-professed intelligence.

Insatiability and greed have become cardinal virtues, whose principle – unlimited growth – reveals the futility and what we call “economy”.

It is to gratify the pseudo-economy that forests are destroyed, that seas and oceans are robbed of their vital resources, that subsoil is drained of its combustible matter, generating unprecedented pollution and, in time, suffocation. The attributes that make life possible – land, air, water and resources – are altered to the point of destroying what they are intended to preserve.

Recognizing of our lack of awareness – even as regards the climate – is therefore crucial for ending this suicidal, insidious process so few are aware of.

I have dedicated more than 40 years of my life to the earth and humanity – a journey that has led to a numerous concrete creations.

Socially speaking, observations and diagnostics of our ailing world are only worsening, as solutions appear to dwindle, rendering us seemingly powerless against this fate to which we have resigned ourselves. This is not my opinion.

Resignation is the worst possible approach; on the contrary, it is “doing our part” that keeps us actively responsible at our own, small scale.

Capitulation gives way to the continued development of a now universal, chaotic order that humanity – conditioned to acquiescence – is inflicting on itself.

The call to insurrection of consciences is stronger than ever; the double question – “What planet are we leaving our children?” and “What children are we leaving our planet?” – points to the extraordinary creativity of civil society. The idea of transition gives the collective imagination a new space for positive innovation that will allow us to avoid shipwreck.

This phenomenon, presumably spurred by the failure of the paradigm intended to crown the human adventure as a triumph, helps us better assess its limits and our own. Creating against life and living to destroy life must urgently give way to creating with and for life.

The agroecology we practice, teach, spread and hope to continue spreading is among the most crucial disciplines, combining the need to consume healthy food with the preservation of food heritage.

Reducing this process to a good “eco-agricultural” solution is a mistake; it is both a social and global issue and a critically decisive political choice.

 We prefer replacing the notion of “change or disappear” with “change to not disappear.”

 

In saying this, we are thinking of the many positive initiatives that abound in civil society, largely inspired by the desire to change the world for the better. Between those starved for bread and those starved for meaning, the time to humanize cohabitation at the planetary level is upon us.

That is why we want to be present, active and efficient in creating a paradigm wherein humanity and nature are our top priorities.

Financial resources are in helping us to help carry on developing initiatives in North and South countries alike. This is my commitment humanity and nature.

Areas of action of the Endowment Fund

The Fund aims to promote and develop agroecology, and to foster its implementation by creating ecological, pedagogical and intergenerational living spaces, primarily in semi-arid regions.

It acts as a distribution fund but can also provide operational assistance.

This may include financial support to other recognized, general interest organizations.