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Embedded in the bioregional idea, therefore, is a very general hypothesis: After a decade of self-conscious investigation, I have discovered that the more I know, the more there is to be known.

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LifePlace is a guide to answering the second question, which, in the end, may help us to better address the remaining two. Governments and transnational corporations expect us to substitute a shallow awareness of the entire globe for whatever deep wisdom and affection we might have had for a specific place. To minimize needless risk to the efficacy of the concept, I hereafter try to minimize use of the suffix -ism in the remainder of this writing.

Virtually none of these spatial zones coincide. Exchanging Natural Values 7. In defining twenty-one North American ecoregions, the Sierra Club wrote: Bioregional Thought and Practice By: If my species vanished tomorrow, the land would gradually assume a new equilibrium, with many new exotic species, but with many others similar to those of its condition several hundred years ago: However, mine is a species of animal with a particularly elaborate and highly symbolic, self-reflective culture.

About this book LifePlace is a provocative meditation on bioregionalism and what it means to live, work, eat, and play in relation to naturally, rather than politically, defined areas. Thayer’s ideas on bioregional practices is very insightful. Browse titles from California UP. What am I supposed to do? When I look beyond the pragmatic requirements of a life-place approach, I see a simple set thouhgt axioms: Designing a Life-Place 8.


Share your thoughts with other customers. Words ending in -ism are conceptually dangerous and immediately raise red flags. I have been a resident of the hot, fertile Sacramento Valley of California for thirty years, yet I am still learning the crops that are grown on the prime agricultural fields one quarter-mile from my house, and the sophisticated mechanical, hydraulic, and chemical methods by which those crops are mostly produced.

The question “Where are we? Get to Know Us. How are we to answer? I live in a fire district, a school district, a water and flood control district, an air pollution control district, a hospital and ambulance district, a senatorial district, a congressional district, an assembly bioregionql, a state senatorial district, and a county supervisorial district.

Written in a lively anecdotal style and expressing a profound love of place, this book iboregional a guide to the personal rewards and the social benefits of reinhabiting the natural world on a local scale. Groundwater lies sixty feet beneath my house.

Drawing from personal experience, he offers a multitude of suggestions on biregional to reconnect with our immediate surroundings. I share my immediate surroundings with crows, magpies, jays, mockingbirds, flickers, possums, dogs, cats, goldfish, and turtles.

Biodiversity in a Changing Climate. On average, about eighteen inches of rain fall in my area each year.

Introduction Bioregional Thinking Living-in-place means following the necessities and pleasures of life as they are uniquely presented by a particular site, and evolving ways to ensure long-term occupancy of that site. The scale of these compartments is far too large or too unrelated to the essential structure and function of the natural living systems upon which we ultimately depend. From ecology comes an understanding of the role of abiotic conditions, disturbance, inter- and intraspecies competition, predation, and symbiosis that results in spatially thougnt natural assemblages or associations, if not communities.

We perceive ourselves to be principally residents of human compartments. Technology, Nature and the Sustainable Landscape Conversely, my agricultural neighbors still have much to learn of the adjacent academic world I “inhabit”; my reality is another space to them, and vice versa, and our respective interpretations of life’s purpose are apt to be greatly divergent.

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Recovering a Bioregional Culture 4. Would an enhanced local art and literature contribute to a more civic, participatory democracy? List of Illustrations Preface Introduction: I’m in a zip code and an area code.

We do different things with varying degrees of understanding and purpose. Selected pages Title Page. However, social trends are most often accompanied by their opposites. Twenty miles south of me is a river delta and farther west a freshwater estuary where that river meets the coastal tides.

Benton Richard Fortey View All. Robert Thayer brings the concepts and promises of the growing bioregional movement to a wide audience in a book that passionately urges us to discover “where we are” as an antidote to our rootless, stressful modern lives.

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Lifeplace: Bioregional Thought and Practice

I live along an electric utility branch, a cable television line, and a natural gas network. Browsing and grazing animals would return many of which might be feral forms of contemporary, domesticated grazersand carnivorous predators would prey upon them.

People who know a place may come to care about it more deeply. Designing a Life-Place 8. Near my house, one to two miles to the north and south, are lands that were once riparian forests, and three miles east are former seasonal and permanent marshlands. Bioreional the Spirit of Place 5.