Cascade of knock-on effects /// we are a construct of a diverse range of interconnected realities some obvious some hidden leading to cognitive dissonance /// unwritten social contract of fairness and equality underlines our commitment to make life better for everyone /// this does not however translate to handouts /// the misguided notion /// ideological fog obscures the reality of the present /// ideological construct

Restoration Targets for South Africa

The non-labour costs of all the Rescue Earth Initiatives is +/- R600 Billion. Around R6 Billion per initiative per year! All the labour is provided by volunteers.

The total non-labour costs of all the initiatives, including UN SDGs, is +/- R2.5 Trillion which is about 10% of South Africa’s GDP over 5 years. Approximately R1.25 Trillion is expected to be donated by international sources. With a 50% subsidy from international donors, South Africa will thus only need to spend around 5% of GDP to meet its 5 Year Targets.

R600 Billion will be raised locally and spent on the Rescue Earth Initiatives listed bellow.

Rescue Earth Initiatives

5 Year TargetUnit
Reforestation & Trees7 500 000 000Trees
Diverse Cover Crops6 000 000 x 5yrsHectares
Regenerative Grazing60 000 000 x 5yrsHectares
Keyline Water Management60 000 000Hectares
Ecosystem  Restoration20 000 000Hectares
Bioremediation Systems1 000 000Units
Bio-Active Compost80 000 000m3
CCHP Activated Biochar80 000 000m3
Public Places / Placemaking1 000 000Units
Permascapes1 000 000Units
Community Food Gardens100 000Units
Community Co-operatives100 000Units
Wood Chippers & Shredders100 000Units
Leaky Check Dam Systems10 000 000Units
Infiltration Swale Systems1 000 000km
Walking & Cycling Paths100 000km
Rain Garden LID Systems10 000 000Units
Regenerative Food System100 000 000Tons
Volunteer System Support25 000 000Units
GIS Carbon Mapping122 000 000Hectares
RE allocation to projects in South Africa

South Africa needs to sequester around 7,5 Trillion kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere (and the oceans) and put most of the carbon in the soil. We hope to log all of that total via the Rescue Exchange which means that 7,5 Trillion RE will be issued by the Rescue Earth System in South Africa. With volunteer time allocations being 2,300 Billion RE, the remaining 5,200 Billion 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 the Rescue Earth Initiatives, the Regenerative Community Action Networks (CANs) and the UN SDGs. 1 unit of pRE, dRE and bRE, is equivalent to approximately $0.025 (R0.50) of funding.

RE (2,300 Billion)

RE are RESCUE. RE are allocated to volunteer time.

2,300 Billion RE is approximately 1 hour a day for 20 Million South Africans over five years.

pRE (1.200 Billion)

pRE are patron RESCUE. pRE are allocated to patrons of the Rescue Earth Initiatives

1 pRE is issued per R0.50 donated.

R600 Billion is around 2% of SA GDP over 5 years.

dRE (2,000 Billion)

dRE are donor RESCUE. dRE are allocated to corporate, government and NGO donors funding of initiatives.

Approximately 1 Trillion ZAR in donations over five years by donors towards funding large projects.

1 Trillion ZAR is around 4% of SA GDP over 5 years.

bRE (500 Billion) from ads 4 a cause

bRE are business RESCUE. Some bRE are allocated to ads 4 a cause advertisers.

Approximately 250 Billion ZAR will be raised via the ads 4 a cause fundraising system over five years that will go towards funding NPOs.

250 Billion ZAR is around 1% of SA GDP over 5 years.

bRE (1,500 Billion) from SMME donors

bRE are business RESCUE. Most bRE are allocated to SMME donors.

Approximately 750 Billion ZAR will be raised from SMMEs over five years that will go towards funding paid labour working on local regenerative restoration projects. A good example of a local NPO with many projects is Love Howick. This funding could be in the form of donated goods, services, money, labour, etc.

Some of these regenerative restoration projects will also be funded by corporate, government and NGO donors (dRE).

750 Billion ZAR is around 3% of SA GDP over 5 years.

Hello Robin. Thank you for reaching out, and my apologies that I’ve taken some days to respond. I had noticed the RescueEarth website when it was posted on the chat on Saturday. It looks like wonderful work, and certainly aligned with my efforts and aspirations: I am a journalist/author who has recently focused on working with natural systems to address global challenges. My new book, out in August, is on the global ecosystem restoration movement: I have sent Joe an advanced reader copy and will be introducing it to the group next month. I am interested to learn more about your effort, and how it connects with other organizations and platforms drawing attention to the possibilities of earth repair.

I see you’re based in South Africa. My husband, Tony Eprile, is from Johannesburg and I’ve been to SA with him several times. His father, Cecil Eprile, was editor of Golden City Post and Drum, and so Tony had quite an interesting childhood. We now live in Vermont in the US, which is relatively sedate.
Looking forward to learning more and finding ways to support each other’s efforts.
Very best,
Judith D. Schwartz
Bennington, Vermont
(802) 447-2413
(802) 379-5368 (cell) (soon to be updated)
Author: Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Water In Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World (St. Martin’s Press/Chelsea Green Publishing)