Rescue Earth System
One Hour a Day for Earth
The Rescue Earth System is a holistic suite of diverse regenerative solutions that can be applied to all levels of society, economy and the environment.
One Hour a Day for Earth
The One Hour a Day for Earth Initiative #onehouraday4earth is a core ‘umbrella’ initiative of the Rescue Earth System. It involves people from all walks of life committing to volunteering for an average of one hour of per day to a cause / project of their choice. The One Hour a Day for Earth Initiative offers a committed volunteer base to all the many projects listed in the Rescue Earth System.
The RE Sustainability Credits are earned by volunteers by using the Rescue Earth Sustainability Credit Exchange. N.B. You need to join the exchange to participate — membership is free. 1 RE equals 1 minute of volunteering. A RE, pronounced as a ‘rescue’, is a Sustainability Credit and a Carbon Credit.
Working with a group is a fun way to make a difference. And, even composting projects have a diverse range of volunteering opportunities — you don’t have to dig in the muck if you don’t want to!
Finding time for an Hour a Day for Earth
Even in these times of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our hectically busy lives leave very little time for ourselves let alone volunteering. This truth makes asking someone to donate an hour a day to a greater cause seem preposterous! However, every person volunteering their hour a day for Earth would improve their wellbeing more than enough to compensate for the ‘volunteered’ time.
Broad-based local volunteerism is a core ingredient of our regenerative socio-ecological approach to Rescue Earth. Communities face many challenges everyday that can be mitigated by simple actions / interventions. If applied, the win-win outcomes these regenerative actions improve both socio-economic and ecological resilience, and the long-term, the well-being of the whole community. Volunteerism thus becomes a culturally ingrained activity.
For example. Alice may spend all her time on helping at a Community Resource Centre that serves as a resource hub for her village, James loves volunteering at a Community Food Garden that donates nutrient dense food to an orphanage, and Emily splits her time between doing Ecosystem Restoration and advocacy for the rights of wetlands. A broad-based regenerative socio-ecological approach means that there are more opportunities for volunteers to serve their community by volunteering to a cause that they are passionate about.
The Rescue Earth System makes it easy to find many ways to make a difference to your community, your life and the future of our planet. Browse the list of home-based volunteer opportunities that you can earn RE from. Even though the system is very new, you can trial search the Rescue Exchange — South Africa (za.rescue.exchange) to find projects that are suitable to you or to start your own.
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RE allocation to projects in the Rescue Earth System
We need to sequester around 3 Quadrillion kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere (and the oceans) and put most of the carbon in the soil. We hope to log at least 1/3 of that total via the Rescue Exchange which means that 1 Quadrillion RE will be issued by the Rescue Earth System. With volunteer time allocations being 300 Trillion RE, the remaining 700 Trillion RE are allocated to funded actions / interventions that earn pRE, dRE and bRE.
Funded actions / interventions are staffed by volunteers but the costs of materials, etc. are paid for by donors, producers or manufacturers. Funded actions / interventions are an integral component of our 20+ Collaborative Action Initiatives and the UN SDGs. 1 unit of pRE, dRE and bRE, is equivalent to approximately $0.025 (R0.50) of funding. Please note that funding for pRE is indirect as pRE are earned by purchases of products that are produced using regenerative practices.
RE (300 Trillion)
RE are RESCUE. RE are allocated to volunteer time.
Approximately 1 hour a day for 3 Billion people over five years
pRE (200 Trillion)
pRE are patron RESCUE. pRE are allocated to patronage of the Community Exchange System and …
Approximately 50 Trillion USD in sales over five years of pRE earning products. 4 pRE are issued per 1 USD spend. $50T is around 10% of Global GDP.
dRE (250 Trillion)
dRE are donor RESCUE. dRE are allocated to corporate, government and NGO donors funding of initiatives.
Approximately 6.25 Trillion USD in donations over five years by donors towards funding large projects. Around 1.25% of Global GDP.
bRE (250 Trillion)
bRE are business RESCUE. bRE are allocated to ads 4 a cause advertisers.
Approximately 6.25 Trillion USD over five years towards local regenerative restoration projects funded via the ads 4 a cause fundraising system. Around 1.25% of Global GDP.
The Rescue Earth Sustainability Credit Exchange
The Rescue Earth Sustainability Credit Exchange (RE Exchange) logs the sustainability credits / carbon credits earned by Rescue Earth volunteers and those purchased by donors. A RESCUE — pronounced as rescue – is a measurable Sustainability Credit and Carbon Credit. RESCUE are represented by the RE ‘currency’ symbol when using the Sustainability Credit Exchange.
RE allocation integrity
Because it is based on a dynamic distributed model, the integrity of the Rescue Earth System and the issuance of RE is based on a peer review system and limited audit process protocols. This is primarily because, on average, one RE sequestrates far more than 1 kg of CO2e and each RE has a greater Sustainability Credit (socio-ecological) effect than the $0.025 it is based upon.
The averaging of the outcomes is a more credible approach because a large number of projects may be approved for issuing RE — and many will align with the objectives of multiple initiatives — which allows for ‘grey’ overlaps. Fraud in the issuance of RE to volunteers is also minimised because RE have no value and they can not be transferred once earned, unless inherited from a member who has passed away. The total of all RE issued is thus a true reflection of what we have have collectively done to Rescue Earth.
Volunteer to Rescue Earth
We must rise and face the environmental challenges of our time by reversing the economic, physical and social decline of places. This can be achieved by the practice of regenerative restoration of degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment by active human intervention and action.
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