Blue Green Neighborhood
What is a Blue Green Neighborhood?
A Blue Green Neighborhood has its roots in honoring the place of our lives, including the relationships that we cultivate and nurture with both people and environment. It is where we live, work, study, play and pray in full expression of the wholeness in human life that is fulfilling to the human soul. A Blue Green Neighborhood conjoins our sense of beauty and our need for functionality into a place of felt belonging and completeness that flows from connection to Earth and to each other.
As we approach the challenges of environmental degradation, the traumatic consequences of extractive industries resulting from the legacies of colonialism and slavery, which have led to profound and complex impacts of climate change, we must develop resiliency that transforms the current malformed systems. This means that we must regenerate the systems that make our lives possible. These systems include natural systems, social systems, and economic systems.
The opportunity to realize Blue Green Neighborhoods is in the repurposing of the stranded assets from the fossil fuel political economy into a fully participatory society based on renewable energy that empowers and networks local agency for the good of the whole.
Our ability to restore the oceans we rely on for food, the air that we depend on for every breath, and the Earth that is the foundation on which we walk, and on which both our sustenance and our commerce depend, rests in our ability to:
– Regenerate environmental systems through direct restorative projects and adoption of clean energy solutions, including locally controlled micro-grids that can function independently of the energy grid;
– Regenerate restorative community, so it is able to support robust neighborhood level deliberation and local planetary stewardship; and
–Regenerate systems of trade and commerce by establishing circular rather than extractive economies that enable us to transition to quality of life metrics rather than growth metrics to measure success.