LIFE AFFIRMING

All life is sacred, water dependent, and has a right to its place on this planet.  Watersheds divide the world into bioregions, each with its own life giving rivers, lakes and streams. As all living things within a bioregion relies on the same source of life, these natural boundaries represent our planet’s true borders. These borders are not static, rather they are continually eroding, growing and changing. Bioregionalism values the interdependence watersheds create, and recognizes all life that raises or falls together within them.    

DECOLONIZING

Colonialism carved up the earth with arbitrary geopolitical borders, most often proving divisive, exploitative and disruptive to both the land, culture and people living there. Alongside natural borders, Bioregionalism respects indigenous ways of being, as they have evolved with each bioregion for thousands of years, and work with a way of living with the earth. While there is no return to a pre-colonial past, our thriving future must learn from the sustainable models pre-existent in each bioregion.   

SUSTAINABLE

Earth abounds with diverse life, abundant resources and a balanced way of being within each bioregion, and with each other. Encouraging sustainable practices in farming, construction, industry and technology shifts away from a global supply chain model of reaping rewards in one bioregion by raping the resources of another to a life where the resources used to live are the ones you live with. The symbiotic relationship living bioregionally engenders allows all life to thrive as synergies not energies are exploited.  

DIVERSE

Just as biodiversity adds value in nature, diversity in society benefits humans. Each bioregion will be different, with different offerings and needs, and each community will be different, with different specialties and needs based on those environments. Each community will be the best suited to speak for itself and its own needs, and this diversity is the greatest strength of bioregionism, which relies on building mutual and collaborative networks that thrive on this biological and cultural diversity. Just as in nature, as we face the challenges of a changing planet, diverse perspectives and ideas increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. The bountiful life Bioregionalism offers begins as we stop allowing differences to divide us, and harness their strength to unite us.

EQUITABLE

Every living thing is an equal stakeholder in the survival of our planet, yet equity rarely exists in the way we live on it. Bioregionalism focuses on creating equitable communities where humans live, work and learn locally in support of an integrated economy that benefits all. Where a bioregion is unable to address the needs of its people, engaging in foreign trade should maintain the principles of sustainability, fairness and inclusivity to ensure that the value of global life rises in concert.