“Acknowledging that our earth is in a fragile and poor health state and under immense threats, The R2AIN Model’s VISION is to facilitate collaborative integrated knowledge skill sets to HEAL THE EARTH and to build Sustainable Futures for ourselves and next generations“
The R2AIN™ Model’s AIM is to conduct research and consulting work that cuts across several sustainability focus areas in the environmental, minerals, energy, urban, agricultural and social sectors. Collaborative teams of multi-disciplinary skill sets are integrated on projects small to large to find solutions for challenges that the earth is facing. Recognizing that such challenges can only be solved by combining multi-disciplinary knowledge to create the much greater ‘collective’ knowledge base.
The R2AIN™ Model acronym symbolises rain water, the basis of life, and as healing of the earth would not be possible without water. The Baobab tree depicts intercontinental connectedness and global dependence, as Baobabs occur on several continents. Baobabs live for 500-5000 years, a reminder that our footprint on earth lasts for centuries and that we should aspire to be, ‘caretakers’ of the earth for long-term gain as opposed to being short-term ‘exploiters’. The tree has seven branches which represent the earth’s natural base elements of geology, soils, topography, hydrology, climatology, vegetation and landcover. Rainbow colors applied to these branches link with the R2AIN™ symbology and emphasize rainbow qualities of hope and restorative healing. The tree from roots-to-crown emphasize that out actions at the root level affect outcomes at a crown level – for every action there is a reaction. Intertwining branches depict the importance of relationships which are required to bring about positive outcomes and how all our actions affect one another. Everything is connected.
“Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simple because we have acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. We are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves”.
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)
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