What is a Circular Economy? What makes an economy bioregional? In this article we explore the potential benefits and pitfalls circular economics.

Each year, people around the globe buy more than 1.5 billion mobile phones. Each year, more than half of these phones are destined to end up in landfills or sitting at home without any use, as their owners upgrade to newer versions.

The above exemplifies the extreme production and waste of our current economic system within a linear model. So… what’s next?

Welcome to a Circular Economy

A key part of bioregionalism is developing a sense of place.

Developing a sense of place is a skilled art that every person can master. It means slowing down. Taking the time you need, to stop, to wonder to learn. From this comes the most revolutionary action — caring about our places. To know what is around us and at risk and being lost.

We cannot fight a problem if we do not know it exists. …


Every day more than 200 million people use apps like Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps and Map Quest. More than a billion users globally each month. In their quest for second by second data, these maps surpass even what Borges had envisioned. By using real time tracking, satellite feedback, intricate algorithms combined with ever expanding processing power, these maps are able to create real world simulations and predictions of the real world.

For millions of people digital maps have become an essential part of their daily lives. Travelling from home, by car, to work, to lunch, to shopping, out…


Bioregional mapping is a community and participatory process to create maps that combine ecological and physical information with social and cultural information within a given place, as defined by those living there or the communities most impacted. It is both a tradition that dates back thousands of years, inspired by countless forms of Indigenous Mapping, and also that has emerged as a direct and modern response to the erasure of local cultures in the face of our current ecological, economic and social crises.

The goal of bioregional mapping is to help humans collectively re-inhabit the continents and bioregions that…

We are undergoing a Tipping Point Event. Assess the data to demand a visionary future

As a society, we are more connected than ever before. However, until we learn to manage this connectivity better, these extreme disruptions are expected to become more numerous and severe. Based on projections for economic growth in 2020, the impact of the coronavirus might significantly curb global carbon emissions, but if this reduction is not coupled with real action to change our behaviors and invest in better ways of living, information from previous crashes has shown that these declines recover rapidly when the recession ends.

The Frisco Bay Mussel Group was a group started by Judy Goldhaft and Peter Berg who founded Planet Drum in 1976.


“For any social movement, there is a buildup, a prelude. The San Francisco Bay area provided a fertile ground for the growth of new movements: artistic, political, social, and cultural.”


The Frisco Bay Mussel Group was started by Judy Goldhaft & Peter Berg in 1976. Recently returned from the United Nations Conference on the Environment in 1972, and their settlement and founding of the Planet Drum in 1973, the pair started the group as a network for members of different environmental groups to come together once a month, and present then discuss actions they were undertaking.

Meetings were…

Beyond the public health and economic crises, the COVID 19 pandemic could trigger the most significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the past century. Creating new benchmarks for a regenerative future.


On March 11, 2020, nearly two months after announcing a global health emergency, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The disease originated in China but has spread to more than 150 countries and territories, with major outbreaks in mainland China, Europe, Iran, the United States and South Korea, among others. By March 16th more than 170,000 cases of people infected have been reported, and over 6,500 people have died from the disease, with 77,000 recovered. …

How big is a bioregion? How is it’s scale defined? In this article, we jump into just what makes a bioregion.

  1. A bioregion is an area defined by natural boundaries, rather than arbitrary human made ones.
  2. A bioregion is the full extent of the watersheds within an interconnected area, the largest sense of scale based on physical similarities that makes sense.
  3. A bioregion can be made up of many ecosystems, soil patterns, weather types, and in terms of scale is larger than an ecoregion, and smaller than a continent.
  4. While borders within a bioregion may be transitional, soft and fuzzy, bioregional borders tend to be jagged, and hard, such as mountain ranges, peaks, ridges, volcanoes, continental uplifts, tectonic plates and faults…

“While there are few straight lines in nature, there are many definite and powerful edges — various ecotones, watershed divides, climatic zones, fault-lines and scarps. Careful attention should be given to such beginnings and endings, for these dramatic turnings in the earth serve as clear and powerful articulations of diversity.”

— David McCloskey, on Bioregional Boundaries

Boundaries in of themselves are not good or bad. They define the edges of things. Places where different zones meet and collide. Unlike many borders in our world today, bioregional boundaries are not an abstraction given to a place. …

Transcript. Author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life.

Last night, I went to a very nice Climate on Tap event held at Optimism Brewery, hosted by Cascadia Climate Action. It featured presentations by David Montgomery, a PhD UW geomorphologist and author; Greg Rock Masters — Sustainable Energy Engineering, and CarbonWA Policy Chair; and Aaron Varadi, Farmer, Program Mnager and Lead Instructor, The Organic Farm School.

I decided to share transcripts of a recording of the event for anyone who couldn’t make it, and will embed the video / audio as it’s released. I’ll transcribe the other portions as I have time. This first segment features David Montgomery, author…

Brandon Letsinger

Open source advocate, movement builder, CascadiaNow! founder. https://deptofbioregion.org

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