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Bioregionalism

Forming a bioregional group is about commencing to build an alternative that is based on a philosophy of individual responsibility for community survival. The bioregion is our home address, the place where we develop our culture and regional networks.

Much has been said and written on the theme of Bioregionalism. PLANET DRUM disseminated the original concept, and it was eagerly adopted by all who found modern man-made geographical boundaries arbitrary and unsustainable.

Here are a few definitions and interpretations:

Bioregion
Bio
meaning "all of life; living things" region meaning "within a physical or geographic boundary"


'The work of the bioregional group is to assess the natural, technical, service and financial resources of the region, and to identify areas where resources ( water, soil, money, talent ) leak from the region.'
Strategies for an alternative nation - Bill Mollison - Bioregionalism

'Bioregionalism is about the consciousness and ideas that are developed by the people within that bioregion about how to live in a place.'
Rosemary Morrow

'A bioregion refers both to geographical terrain and a terrain of consciousness - to a place and the ideas that have developed about how to live in that place.
Discovering and describing that resonance is a way to describe a bioregion.'
Re-inhabiting a Separate Country by Peter Berg & Raymond Dasmann

'Bioregional action is based on local control, and decentralisation; nonviolence; sustainable lifestyles; and on a revaluing and redefining of home.'
Revaluing Home; Feminism and Bioregionalism - Judith Plant

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'In association with community activists and ecologists PLANET DRUM developed the concept of a bioregion:
a distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed.
A bioregion is a whole "life-place" with unique requirements for human inhabitation so that it will not be disrupted and injured.'

Some seminal texts are reviewed on Planet Drum's Front Page, while going to 'Writings' reveals some of the original essays and talks on the subject. There is much more, including a 'Links' page.
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PROPERTY RIGHTS AND BIOREGIONALISM

ARTICLES ABOUT BIOREGIONALISM

BIOREGIONALISM by Peter Berg


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