I am a student with Prescott College in AZ studying community organizing for sustainability. As part of my coursework I am apprenticing this summer at the Ecovillage Training Center located at The Farm in TN to help in organizing a powerful event-- the 10th Continental Bioregional Congress. If you are involved in the Transition Towns movement, in relocalization/bioregional activism efforts, are active or interested in the sustainability movement in any way, or just curious about what all this means, I highly encourage you to attend this event. Learn more at www.biocongress.org
and feel free to email me for more info. If you do choose to attend please contact me so we can connect beforehand.
Here is a statement adopted at the 1st North American Bioregional Congress held in 1984 that has been reaffirmed at all congresses since:
"A growing number of people are recognizing that in order to secure the clean air, water and food that we need to healthfully survive, we have to become guardians of the places where we live. People sense the loss in not knowing our neighbors and natural surroundings, and are discovering that the best way to take care of ourselves and to get to know our neighbors is to protect and restore our region.
Bioregionalism recognizes, nurtures, sustains and celebrates our local connections with: Land, Plants and Animals, Springs, Rivers, Lakes, Groundwater & Oceans, Air, Families, Friends, Neighbors, Community, Native Traditions and Indigenous Systems of Production & Trade.
It is taking the time to learn the possibilities of place. It is a mindfulness of local environment, history, and community aspirations that leads to a sustainable future. It relies on safe and renewable sources of food and energy. It ensures employment by supplying a rich diversity of services within the community, by recycling our resources, and by exchanging prudent surpluses with other regions. Bioregionalism is working to
satisfy basic needs locally, such as education, health care and self-governance.
The bioregional perspective recreates a widely-shared sense of regional identity founded upon a renewed critical awareness of and respect for the integrity of our ecological communities. People are joining with neighbors to discuss ways we can work together to:
1. Learn what our special local resources are
2. Plan how to best protect and use those natural and cultural resources
3. Exchange our time and energy to best meet our daily and long-term needs
4. Enrich our children’s local and planetary knowledge
Security begins by acting responsibly at home.