Permaculturalist Ed Tyler has been exploring bioregional action and thought up on his own peninsula in Kintyre. With the name of his blog he has coined a new word for the re-inhabitation lexicon: bioregioning.
He goes on to define the word on the blog About page.
Bioregioning: from verb “to bioregion”; act of bringing your bioregion into existence through:-
grounding, connecting, celebrating, belonging
This usefully re-positions what can easily become a philosophic exercise in just thinking about bioregions into an action focussed process in manifesting bioregions.
He continues by inviting us to engage with some activities he associated with bioregioning, which I clumsily summarise as:
- Make connections with nature
- Make connections with neighbours
But it’s really worth reading Tyler’s longer form descriptions. Similarly he lists what Bioregioning involves:
- slowing down, looking and feeling inward and outward to the land, water, creatures and people around you
- making music, clothes, buildings, sculptures, relationships, furniture, poems, paintings and other necessities from locally available materials
- cycling and sharing resources, money and energy within your region
- growing and eating locally sourced, seasonally abundant, food
- networking and collaborating with each other to build diverse communities and ecologies
I think that his simple rendering of bioregioning provides a good pointer towards ‘next steps’ after I complete the Bioregional Quiz questions (that’s right, I’ve not forgotten about these!)