Goals and Purpose

An independent bioregion that is regenerative, democratic and just, as part of a world of watershed movements around the world.

Cascadia is a bioregion defined by natural borders, rather than arbitrary political lines. The goal and purpose of the Cascadia movement is for an independent bioregion that is regenerative, democratic and just, as part of a world of watershed movements around the world. The Cascadia Movement is based around several different key principles and goals that break global issues down to a local level. These principles are lightweight, dynamic and flexible – meant to assist organizers in each watershed best adapt these issues to their own needs and backgrounds.

We work within existing systems where our principles overlap toward solutions, while also creating new systems that are radical, utopian and demand the change we need. Magnify the solutions already existing. We build models, tools, culture and identities that at are positive, healthy, inclusive and authentic, rooted in place, and create accessible pathways for people to hook in, get involved, and shift our impact as a region.

The goals of the Cascadia Movement:

  1. An independent, autonomous and resilient Cascadia bioregion, that is energy sufficient from renewable resources, grows its own food locally, as a part of an interbioregional network of trade that is sustainable, ethical and just.

  2. Establish an accountable and democratic partnership between communities within Cascadia to foster greater direct democracy among the peoples of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and anywhere else the inhabitants decide.

  3. Give communities a greater say in their own affairs as well as all issues affecting their livelihood or well being. A government that is BY, OF, and FOR the people. A responsible government that’s objectives are to equally represent the people and their interests and security, in a transparent, accountable manner.

  4. Work within the communities of the Pacific Northwest to create a just and sustainable society in all issues and facets of life in our respective states and provinces.

  5. Push for greater personal freedom, civil liberties, and rights for all inhabitants of Cascadia.

  6. To reach out with recognized first nations of Cascadia, as well as those that aren’t, to align on pathways for truth, compensation and reconciliation, identify areas of solidarity and mutual aid, and co-create confederated systems of governance that we are all a part of, and all stakeholders in.

  7. To build cultural awareness of the Cascadian Bioregion, the Cascadia movement and bioregionalism within mainstream thought.

  8. The implementation of data driven approaches for deciding policy, along with advisory bodies built around bioregional principles steered by experts in the fields discussed.

  9. Safeguard and conserve the environment of the Pacific Northwest. To find a sustainable way to ensure our ecosystem remains strong and robust to preserve it for future generations to come. To improve the livelihood of both place, and the people.

  10. Invest in businesses, universities, research institutions and technologies that will harness alternative energy resources, or technologies that will improve the livelihood of Cascadian inhabitants, and how we live with our landbase.

  11. Grow bioregional and democratic economic models, cooperatives, as well as support local businesses and families that benefit everybody without exploitation or unbridled greed.

  12. Create a system of that ensures education and healthcare to those in need while lowering taxes due to surplus from not supporting a burgeoning bureaucratic federal government and expansive military construct.

  13. Encourage and maintain Cascadias unique heritage and cultural background through the establishment of digital platforms run by and for Cascadians. Also, the continuing support for cultural revival programs that that assist indigenous tribes, independent artists, musicians and poets.

  14. Make sure Cascadia, and its inhabitants are prepared for any type of bioregional emergency or disaster – either neutral such as earthquake, drought, flood, famine – or human made. A non-militarized humanitarian corps that can be sent internationally or domestically in times of crisis and disaster.