Rootedness, Attachment and Localization
Human beings are social animals; if we are to survive as a species, we need healthy relationships and secure, “rooted” attachments with one another and with the land, waters, habitat, plants and animals upon which we depend. Rootedness exists when people feel a sense of meaningful and affectionate attachment—in secure and healthy ways—to the place they inhabit socially and ecologically. A 21st century bioregionalism calls for rooted community development enabled by place-based civically engaged planning and design, sustainability science and technology, cultural transformation and economic innovation.  Promising new frontiers in bioregional theory, research and action address the urgent need to generate equitable livelihood opportunities while sustainably coupling the socio-economic, cultural and ecological systems we need for healthy and resilient human settlements and habitat.
The Bioregional Center’s Forward-Looking Agenda: Connect, communicate, innovate and act in transformational ways that: (1) advance sustainability and resilience in economic relations, resource use and governance; (2) value rural places, working landscapes and wildlands in relation to urban and metropolitan needs; (3) couple nature and the built environment—physically and aesthetically—such that life and livelihood are sustainably embedded (rooted) in a place’s landscapes, watersheds and ecosystem, literally and imaginatively; and (4) enable authentic participatory planning and networking necessary to eradicate root causes of economic, social and cultural stresses; ecosystem degradation, health disparities and climate change. 
Rooted Democracy

Current stresses in our political systems suggest that we new ways to govern ourselves. Along such lines, actionable theory and interventions using the language of rooted democracy may be helpful.

Rooted democracy goes beyond politics as a form of legal-institutional power, representation, identity, rights and control. Rooted democracy involves the collective visioning (imagination) and means for creating new ways of coupling human and natural systems in our lifespaces and habitat. The complex set of forces that currently give rise to and shape our cities, towns, regions, infrastructure and resource flows are not sustainable, just or healthy. We need alternatives. We need new ways of creating healthy places (for human as well as non-human life) that strengthen, as opposed to undermine, vital bioregional interdependencies across urban-rural-working landscapes, including fisheries. To advocate rooted democracy is to advocate a continual improvement of inclusive, sustainable and participatory forms of just governance. Rooted democracy also strives to enable equitable ways and means of knowledge production/sharing (including just science-society relations); and a continual improvement in how we go about designing and building our human settlements, food-water-energy systems and other systems needed for healthy placemaking, healthy people, rooted communities. 

Sustainability Science
Sustainability Science is now a widely recognized field; since the 1990s, it has developed a core research agenda, many case studies and a growing number of universities (e.g., Harvard, University of Arizona) committed to teaching its methods and findings. As noted in in the Publication of the National Academy of Sciences, where Sustainability Science now has a dedicated section:
Like  ‘agricultural science' and 'health science', sustainability science is a field defined by the problems it addresses rather than by the disciplines it employs. In particular, the field seeks to facilitate what the National Research Council has called a 'transition toward sustainability', improving society’s capacity to use the earth in ways that simultaneously 'meet the needs of a much larger but stabilizing human population,...sustain the life support systems of the planet, and...substantially reduce hunger and poverty.'

Learn More: 
Bioregional Theory and Action

Bioregional Theory (Part 1): Coupled Human-Natural Systems and the Spatial Turn in Urban and  Regional Planning.

Bioregional Theory (Part 2): Principles and Challenges

Pezzoli, K. 2016. “Bioregionalism.” pp 25-29, In Keywords for Environmental Studies, edited by Joni Adamson, William Gleason, David Pellow. NY: New York University Press.