Environmental Commons
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An affiliate of the
Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance

Environmental Commons is inactive and no longer affiliated with RCWA.
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Environmental Commons educates the public on important environmental issues by providing scientific information, policy analysis, and instructive materials necessary for effective change. We support democratic involvement in conserving and recovering biological resources. We believe that by encouraging community involvement, we can collectively effect change for a healthier environment.

The concept of "the commons" is derived from Roman law. According to the Romans, property or "things" were divided by distinct definition. "Res communes" literally means "things common to all" and includes (based on their dynamic nature) water, air, biological and genetic diversity. Environmental Commons encourages the protection of our collective common heritage.

We hope to inspire citizen involvement in environmental issues that could impact, detrimentally or beneficially, our air, water, food, and biodiversity conditions.


Demonstration: sign reads 'Corporate Greed / Spread by Seed'

1. Food Democracy

We are witnessing unprecedented impacts as a result of food being seen primarily as a commodity. In contrast, local food systems that value sustainability and balance have the potential to reconnect us to each other and to the land. We support the right of communities to shape their food systems, exercising local democratic control over matters of health, safety, and welfare.

genetically engineered cotton crop

2. Genetically Modified Organisms

We educate and inform the public about the risks associated with the introduction of genetically modified organisms. We oppose the uncontrolled growing, raising and expansion of GMOs, and we support communities democratically reaching decisions regarding the adoption and growing of GMOs.


3. Precautionary Principle

The Precautionary Principle is a guiding framework for decision-making that anticipates how our actions will affect the environment and health of future generations. The Principle incorporates a thorough examination of alternatives, transparency, participatory democracy, and prevention of harm. We assist communities considering adopting the Precautionary Principle. Read about our progress in Mendocino County, CA.

pesticide spraying in vineyard

4. Reducing Regional Use of Toxics

Pesticides and other chemicals are often used in forestry and vineyard operations along the North Coast. These chemicals may be toxic not only to human health, but may also affect wildlife and their habitat. We promote precautionary policies and advance education that lessens harm to our environment posed by unnecessary use of toxics.

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