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Shared Vision of Sustainable Future Emerges from Building Bridges Workshop

New Vision Statement 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 at the Building Bridges workshop on November 15-16, 2011.  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.

In words, we envision a community that is earth-centered, people-centered, fair, and 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Jemila Sequeira

Welcome to the Sustainable Tompkins Podcast!  My name is Alex Colket and I will be your tour guide as we travel around the world of environmental sustainability, social justice and local economy.

My next guest is Jemila Sequeira, who currently serves as coordinator of the Whole Community Project at Cornell Cooperative Extension . Jemila aims to improve community health and well-being through work on systemic issues, specifically healthy and affordable food access and stresses how vital it is that we address corporate practices and government policies that negatively impact low-income households and communities of color .She acts through a social justice lens which respects, honors and engages the often unheard voices holding profound wisdom regarding ethics, equity and inclusivity. In conjunction with her work at the Whole Community Project, Jemila serves as vice president of the Southside Community Center and is involved in community initiatives and projects  such as Ithaca Community Harvest, the Congo Square Market, Groundswell and, Gardens for Humanity, which earned her a 2009 Cornell Civic Fellowship.Related Links

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