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Bioregional QuotationsFrom "Earthy Loyalty" by Fred Cervin: Unless we personify Earth, we will not be able to repent, will not change enough, or soon enough. The writing is on the wall, stark and terrible. Implacable forces are already in play. The future of our species on this planet is at stake. It’s not just at risk. Don’t say it’s at risk. Disaster is a certainty if we don’t change radically. We are on a runaway train heading toward an abyss. All this is happening because we have forgotten our Mother the Earth. We have no regard for her. We make our most consequential economic decisions without a thought for Earth. We treat her like an inert mass of raw materials or like a sterile desert of no use except as a place to throw our garbage. What we have lost fundamentally is a fresh, lively sense of our own dependence. We think of our relations with Earth as environmentalism— as if Earth were a mere externality, something in need of minimal maintenance—rather than being bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. “Mother Nature” is a tired, worn-out figure of speech, useful only for sentimental greeting cards. The reality is quite different. She is the Goddess, and She will be honored, whether in heartfelt love and respect, or in catastrophe. Those who despise her will pay the price. I say there is now only one way left, one hope for our species: to love Earth. To feel in our hearts that we are a part of Her, what we do to Her we do to ourselves. If you love Earth, you will not fail to evaluate any possible action in light of its effects on the one you love. If you love Earth, then you will vow earth loyalty. This is the one way change can come in time: hundreds of millions vow Earth Loyalty. There is no other way.
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Bioregional Group members Domingo Medina and Bobcat Carruthers have been working on a shiitake mushroom-growing project! Read all about it in the New Haven Register [Photo: New Haven Register.]
Don’t forget to register for CT NOFA’s 30th Annual Winter Conference, which is taking place this weekend at Manchester Community College. Members of Transition Greater New Haven will be among the presenters.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Fair Haven Sustainability Tour last Sunday, and thanks to Kerry Triffin of Fair Haven Furniture and Brian Driscoll of Phoenix Press for meeting with our group. If you missed the … Continue reading
We are re-posting this notice from the newsletter of CT NOFA. _________________ Urban Oaks Organic Farm Needs Support Following Accident Urban Oaks is an Organic Farm in the city of New Britain. The farm is active in the community, and … Continue reading
The deadline is coming up soon. Please get your order in as soon as possible.
This is what the Bioregional Garden looked like after last week’s unusual October snowstorm.
Read Fred Cervin’s article about our recent 6th anniversary / Peter Berg Celebration.
On the tour we showcased a variety of community-based efforts to respond to some of the challenges of modern urban life and develop creative new pathways to sustainability, from school gardens to co-housing to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure designed to make streets … Continue reading
Tomorrow, Friday 9/7, there will be another meeting of the Seedlets / Alternative Currency discussion group. Here are some background resources provided by the organizers: MONEY AS DEBT This 45 minute animated video is an allegory of the creation of money, and … Continue reading
GiftFlow, a resource for promoting a non-monetary “gift economy” that was founded in New Haven, is up with a new beta version. Check it out.