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This group seeks to explore Cascadian history, cultural diversity & harmony with the eco-systems embedded within the region called Cascadia. Cascadia is geographically the Columbia River Watershed & the area around the Cascade Range . Cascadia's farthest extent is from northern California to the Alaskan Panhandle & from the Pacific to the Continental Divide. Cascadia Minor tends to be the states of Northern California, Oregon & Washington with the province of British Columbia . The Scottish naturalist David Douglas named the Cascade mountain range after the powerful waterfalls that carved out this land & gave it so much biomass. In the mid 1970s Ernest Callenbach envisioned an emergence of environmental awareness that would lead the Pacific NorthWest to form the country of Ecotopia. The 1990s David McCloskey formed the Cascadia Institute. McCloskey describes Cascadia as "a land of falling water". Historically a nation is a group of people with common symbolism such as language, culture, religion & etc that unify them as a group. The group identity called nationalism emerged out of the Industrial Age as a new form of political group identity & as a result has became chauvinistic in many respects to any other form of group identity. Nationalism with all its chauvinism has become yet another stumbling block to finding harmony between people & Nature. As an emerging identity "Cascadian" may evolve into a "nation", but the terms "national" & "nationalism" are limited & chauvinistic in their regards to the Cascadian love for diversity. This new approach to identity through diversity in thinking, in human experience & ecology is bioregionalism. "Bioregions are geographic areas having common characteristics of soil, watershed, climate, native plants & animals...A bioregion refers to both the geographical terrain & a terrain of consciousness -- to a place & the ideas that have developed about how to live in that place." Peter Berg.
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- May 29, 2002
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