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.
Dear food, environmental, and all self-organizing activists in the Lake Ponchartrain watershed:
I am hoping we can gather together those interested in our natural habitat to start to share information about work being done within our bioregion.
I propose a meeting with urban and rural agriculture proponents, wetlands and coastal restoration activists, green building proponents, wildlife refuge designers, eco warriors, geologists, peak oilers, local economy organizers, regional planners and others who are in the belief that we can and should organize around the life systems outlined in the paragraph at the top of this page from Planet Drum.
I know so many have been engaged in this work for many years and we need to hear from you, learn and help.
This work closely follows my work at marketumbrella.org (the org that runs the Crescent City Farmers Market), but is not a direct project under the umbrella, but rather, my personal quest to work in my spare time on bioregional sustainability.
I would like to ask that those individual and organizations interested in building a loose clearinghouse of information and possible funding mechanisms, comment here after this post.
Meeting space and time possibilities are the first conversation to have via email; Please forward this to as many people as you think might want to be involved, and I hope that someone can help design a simple wiki where we can start to post ideas, projects and conversation.
Yours in bioregionality,