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Our Bioregional Future

Reprinted from the Pachamama Alliance of the Rochester Area’s Newsletter (April 2023) By Jonathan Cloud Bioregionalism is not a new idea. Arguably, all civilizations prior to our own have lived bioregionally, adapting themselves to local conditions and trading within a limited biogeographic region. Modern civilization, however, as the first to “go global,” has created extensive…
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Continuing the Bioregional Conversations

(1) The Great Lakes Bioregional Discussions continue every Monday at 4 pm Eastern, alternating between regular and mapping sessions — see for details. (2) The Rochester Area Bioregional Conversations are now the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 – 11 am — beginning September 10, 2023 — see for details.

Rochester’s Bioregional Future

Great Lakes Sub-Basins (Wikipedia) A Turning Point? A recap of recent events — for those who were there, and those who weren’t The Emergence of Bioregional Activation Further to Joe and Penny’s whirlwind visit to the Great Lakes Basin Bioregion — Toronto, Cleveland, and Rochester were all major stops (between January 30 and February 12) —…
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Bringing Nature Back into the City

A Vision of Nature in the City – Photo by Danist Soh on Unsplash See the Updated Bioregionalism Post here Rochester Tree Canopy Initiative Meanwhile, our work with our Tree Planting initiative in the City of Rochester is continuing and gathering momentum. We’re working with TeJay Chess of Monroe Cornell Cooperative Extension, the City Forester,…
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More on Bioregionalism in the Great Lakes ~ Joe Brewer Feb 10th, 11th, 12th

  More on Joe Brewer’s visit to Rochester, and the context of this work: Joe Brewer and his partner Penny Heiple from the Bioregional Activators Network are coming to the Great Lakes Bioregion, including visits to Toronto, Cleveland, Binghamton, Ithaca, and Rochester. This is an international collaborative effort, drawing on decades of scientific research, to…
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Possible Planet 2022 Annual Year in Review Published

Possible Planet, the parent organization of Possible Rochester, has published its 2022 Annual Report, which includes information on both its local and its global activities. Download the PDF version here. There’s also a video presentation here. For additional information, please contact Jonathan Cloud, Executive Director at 908-581-8418 or

Human Health and Climate Change: A Panel Discussion

From: Color Brighton Green — Climate change, together with other natural and human-made health stressors, influences human health and disease in numerous ways. Some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Join Color Brighton Green for a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Allen Blair, internist, including Dr. Daniel Croft, pulmonologist, Dr.…
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A New Way to Garden this Spring?

At the tail end of winter, it’s tempting to imagine the possibility of a new wave of gardening catching on this spring. Can we imagine streets and communities full of native plants and flowers, sunshine, busy with butterflies and bees? More than almost any other action that individuals can take, gardening has multiple benefits for…
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Backyard Regeneration Initiative Wins First Award from the Earth Regenerators Fund

Happy to report that our Backyard Regeneration Initiative has received an award from the new Earth Regenerators Fund. In making the award, the Earth Regenerators Governance Group writes: We love your project and how you propose to integrate it within your wider community initiative!  As our funds are currently limited, we are offering you a…
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