Regenerating Gabriola

Sustainable Gabriola co-hosted a special event featuring Joe Brewer at The Surf Lodge on Oct-25. Gabriola was the 11th of 14 stops around the region on Joe’s “Regenerate Cascadia” tour.

Snuneymuxw wisdom-keeper David Bodaly started the evening with a welcome and song. About 65 participants filled the Compass Room to hear Joe speak about the regeneration movement and bioregionalism.

Brewer, the author of Pathway to Regenerating the Earth, is a complexity researcher, former atmospheric scientist, and co-founder of a regeneration project in Barichara, Colombia. He was joined on the tour by several colleagues, including Brandon Letsinger-Brown, from Washington’s Cascadia Department of Bioregion, and Clare Atwell, a multi-media textile artist in Victoria, BC.

Many stayed after the program to talk watersheds, overshoot, and fostering hope and community action in a time of unprecedented challenges. We left with a sense that we on Gabriola are moving in the right direction with our multi-faceted climate and community sustainability initiatives.

If you missed it, Gabriola TV recorded most of the Gabriola event, here:

“Regenerative design can bring a river back to life. It can restore the health and vitality of an individual and their family. It can transform grief and trauma into vital pathways of healing for people, community, and ecosystems. Combining Indigenous lifeways with the best scientific knowledge about human behaviour, cultural evolution, and the dynamic Earth, a path can be made by walking it throughout the rest of this century and beyond.” —Joe Brewer

Other informative talks, including an interview with Gabriola Climate 12-12-12 organizer Fay Weller , are linked here:

For more about regeneration or the Cascadia Department of Bioregion, see and Design School for Regeneration.

Fall Fair, the C-12 booth

Climate-12 Action had a table at the 17-Sep Fall Fair, where a hundred people stopped to talk, and many cast their dot-vote on the most important “Action area” for the project. Interest all round, but Food Security and Water were, not surprisingly, the top picks.

Action area priorities, dot-voted by the community at the Fall Fair

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