Why we need a greener planet
More than ever we are out of balance with nature. Therefore we have to take care of Mother Nature and also eachother. We need to find ways within our personal lives, and within our institutions to restore that balance with the natural world. In the meantime, our planet earth is heating and drying up while the human population is growing. This results in water and food scarcity, poverty, loss of biodiversity and a growing population of climate refugees.
Luckily we can also turn things around, but there is no time to lose. Recent studies show that “nature based solutions” can deliver 37% of the carbon emission reductions needed in 2030 to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.
We can still re-green 20 million square km of land, equal the size of Europe and China combined. In doing so we can provide water, food, biodiversity and a better life for millions of people and animals. But we need to act now and create a decade of restoration together as the solution to climate change!
There’s where we come in. We want to inspire local farmers to restore their own land. There is so much ancient wisdom in African countries and music and wisdom can help us. With music we give people a stage and a voice. We hope to inspire you as well and bring you new experiences and memories.
UN declares 2020 to 2030 ‘Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’
The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, approved by the General Assembly on 1 March, will run from 2020 to 2030 and emphasize scaling-up of restoration work to address the severe degradation of landscapes, including wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, worldwide. It will likely boost landscape restoration work to the top of national agendas, building on a public demand for action on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and the resulting impacts on economies and livelihoods.
Dancing for Rains
To increase biodiversity and improve the livelihood of communities, community- based water harvesting techniques are combined with planting trees and introducing climate resilient agriculture and agroforestry. Landscape restoration also has a positive effect on the regional climate by capturing CO2, reducing temperature and creating local rains. With more rains coming back, so does vegetation.
Ancient raindance rituals originated from droughts in historic times and today they seem to be more needed than ever. Ancient landscape restoration techniques are re-introduced on a global scale to bring back healthy ecosystems and re-green our planet for generations to come.
We need to get back into touch with nature. The Raindance Project offers a universal message of hope and inspiration for our time. A greener future is a future worth living. But more importantly, The Raindance Project will be a stage for African artists to show the world their amazing cultural heritage through dance, music and spirituality.