Inspired by Nature's genius; working for a resilient future
We are doing the most important work of our time. Through your generosity, NSS is continuing The Circle that Bridges Communities series in 2017. We need you. We need each other. Sustainability takes all of US. Critical actions are needed now to heal, restore and preserve the Earth for future generations. Calling all Guardians. You make our work possible and the future resilient. Thank you for your generous donations.
Northland Sustainable Solutions (NSS) was founded in 2006.
Our Mission: Northland Sustainable Solutions is a collaborative community informed and inspired by Nature's wisdom to effect personal and planetary transformation. The events we host give people across diverse political, cultural, economic and faith perspectives a place to learn and act together. We believe real solutions emerge when there is time to fully understand each other and the common concerns we face.
From 2006 to 2013, NSS produced 7 annual weekend Northland Bioneers Conferences and numerous shorter workshop-type events using media from the national Bioneers conferences and local presenters and speakers. In 2014 NSS launched a series of community events called "Visioning for Action for the Seventh Generation" done in collaboration with the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province, and the Minnesota Pachamama Community. The culminating event of that series, held on September 26, 2015, at the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center in St. Paul, brought more than 100 citizens together, raised awareness about the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) and contributed over $6,000 to help send Indigenous delegates from North and South America to Paris for the December conference. Together with our ongoing and several new partner organizations--notably MN350,Honor the Earth, the Women's Congress for Future Generations and Spirit United-- the September gathering forged a new alliance for Visioning for Action.
With that alliance, a new 3-part series commenced in 2016 under the rubric "The Circle that Bridges Communities." On August 17th more than 80 citizens heard Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, explain the implications of the Paris Climate accord from the Indigenous viewpoint and the ongoing "Red line" movement to stop the runaway climate chaos; we called this event "The Ecology of Community." Our series continued on October 19, 2016, around regenerative food systems with the title "The Food we Eat, the Care we Feed Others." At that event, we hosted Sarah Collins, South African inventor of the wonderbag, a low-tech device produced by African women which helps to limit the time that people need to cook over open fires. We also hosted at that same evening a panel of Minnesotans who had returned from the Standing Rock Sioux nation and allies encampment along the Missouri River in North Dakota for the purpose of protecting the water and sacred land from potential oil spills from the Dakota Access pipeline. On December 6th, we concluded the 2016 series focused on water issues. The Waters of Connection honored the water protection work of local Ojibway leader Sharon Day.
Your donation supports programing of The Circle that Bridges Communities 2017 Series. We are building a movement community in the Twin Cities. Thank you for your generous gifts!
Join us! Sustainability takes all of US. NSS works collaboratively with partner organizations in the Twin Cities creating momentum for the people’s movement for a just and sustainable future. We offer radical hospitality to our guests and community. Please join us on May 3, 2017 as we honor the work of Carolyn Raffensberger as Guardians of Water.