CARING FOR OUR HOME GROUNDS: 2019 Commons Conservation Congress

September 21, 2019

Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol

In this place we call home, land is parceled out and owned by individuals, businesses, organizations, and governmental entities. But important parts of our home place are not owned by anyone—they are unbounded, unenclosed, and are shared by all people. These elements are commons.

In Vermont’s natural landscape, water, wildlife, and air are commons. While the State of Vermont is the trustee of these commons, we the people have the right, responsibility, and privilege of ensuring that these commons are well cared for.

Join Vermont Family Forests, partner organizations, and fellow community members at Caring for Our Home Grounds: A Commons Conservation Congress for Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion. Together, we’ll take stock of existing efforts on behalf our water, wildlife, and atmospheric commons, and we’ll imagine next steps to cultivate mutually beneficial relationship with the commons.

In this era of rapidly changing climate, these commons are experiencing profound changes that ask us to look at how we are in the world and how to respond effectively to the environmental issues at hand. These crises aren’t a call for government to do more—it’s a call for Commoners to get creative, recognize our collective strengths and purpose, and get things done. We are a diverse community and bring widely varied skillsets and interests to the table.

Details to come!