SHARED VISION FOR A SOCIALLY JUST AND ECOLOGICALLY SOUND LOCAL ECONOMY IN THE TOMPKINS COUNTY REGION
This vision was first created in images by over 100 local residents. The pictures showed people of all ages, in the city and in rural areas, celebrating life, experiencing an abundance of local food, engaged in a thriving local marketplace rich in culture and diversity, using renewable energy, and connecting across former divides.
Video intro to Building Bridges followed by Kirby Edmonds talk on changing habits, and discussion of changing habits.
In words, we envision a community that is earth-centered, people-centered, fair, equitable. We envision a Tompkins County that identifies itself by its human rights and ecojustice values, and exemplifies for other regions and communities throughout the nation how to live by these values. In this vision, all citizens can be heard, recognize their interdependence and are active in shaping the priorities of this community. Our commitment to Tompkins County is not isolationist; rather, it is made with a view toward maximizing the benefits of our actions with respect to other communities, ecosystems, and people across the world.
Key Elements of a Sustainable Future, as derived from Building Bridges discussions:
Our social economic and political structures are based on equality, inclusion and fairness. This means:
Our social, economic and political decisions are framed by respect for the earth and our local and regional ecosystem. This means:
Our economy supports the well-being of everyone who lives or works in Tompkins County including previously marginalized communities and individuals. This means:
Please view this as a living document that will be revised periodically. Please post your comments and suggested additions on the Dorothy Cotton Institute, one of the many partners with Building Bridges.
Last updated September 11, 2023