What is a bioregional state?
What is a bioregion?
A bioregion is a geographic area that has roughly the same geology and plant life, that is different from the man-made borders imposed upon it. For example, the North Downs, South Downs and the Weald are all distinctive geographic features. Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Kent are all man made counties. The Weald and Downland is possibly a bioregion. It shares distinctive landscape and farming practices, and also building styles, as revealed at the Weald and Downland museum.
So a bioregional state [briefly] is about matching political boundaries to biological ones. Because doing that is more efficient and effective than drawing a line on a map and saying “This side mine, that side yours.”
In a way this is nothing new. The Borough of Waverley, I would argue, evolved as the result of a mini-bioregion that was good for the raising of sheep.
Anyway, with the idea that as energy supplies reduce we will need to find ways of doing things that are more efficient and effective, more in line with the way nature actually works than just forcing through willy-nilly, here is a review of a book that looks at “electoral reforms and commodity reforms designed to force the political process in a democracy to better represent concerns about the economy, the body, and environmental concerns (e.g. water quality), toward developmental paths that are locally prioritized and tailored to different areas for their own specific interests of sustainability and durability.”
Ok, the language is quite technical — but I think it is good that somebody is looking at these questions.