We hope you are enjoying an adventurous summer and have had a chance for some respite before the busy autumn season is upon us. Students and Educators have already begun organizing for the National Bioneers Conference, so perhaps you’re busy either preparing your family for the new school year or getting everyone back in the groove. We at Bioneers are certainly prepping for our annual pre-conference crunch routine as we move closer to autumn!
Continuing with our pre-conference video series, this week we’re sharing a filmed radio interview with acclaimed ecologist, author and Bioneers 2012 keynote presenter Sandra Steingraber. Content for our award winning public radio series, Bioneers: Revolution from the Heat of Nature, is sourced from the talks, panels, workshops and interviews recorded at our annual national conference. During this interview with series producer Stephanie Welch, Sandra explains how small towns in upstate New York are uniting and working together to halt fracking in their communities.
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Can a Town Really Ban Fracking?
Ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Sandra’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue.
Living in upstate New York, Sandra has personally been affected by industry interest in opening up the northeast to fracking. Sandra and her local community came together to ban fracking in their town, resulting in a legal battle over the rights of local government to reject industrialization. In this video excerpt from the Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature Series XIII radio program, "The New Abolitionists: Farewell, Fossil Fuels," Sandra talks in-depth about the challenges of encroaching energy exploration on local communities.
If you haven't yet purchased your pass for this year's conference, we wanted to remind you that you have just two more weeks to save with Early Registration Pricing. Late Registration rates go into effect September 9. So why wait? Register today.
New Details About This Year's Indigenous Forum
Native-led, the vision, voices and leadership of First Peoples come together at the leading U.S. cross-cultural hub of indigenous people and non-Native allies. Check out the newly-released full schedule of talks and panel discussions.
Did you miss our interview with Native American attorney Darcie Houck discussing renewable energy development on tribal lands? Read it HERE.
Special Pricing Registration for Education and Youth Groups is Now Open
We believe a core component of our mission is to prepare the next generation of environmental and social change leaders, educators and activists. That's why we offer special conference discount pricing to education (educator and/or students) and youth groups of 6-10 attendees.
Educational Groups. We greatly value our relationships with our educational and institutional partners, which is why we've added an Outreach Coordinator to our team to ensure our partners have the best possible experience at Bioneers. For more details on group attendance, please visit our BioCon website or contact Outreach Coordinator Jordan Howard at email@example.com.
Youth Groups. For information on Youth (ages 16 – 24) Groups activities, programing and registration, please visit our BioCon website or contact our Youth Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bioneers: A Community of Mentors Connect deeply and expand your network at this year's national conference
At the Wiser Together World Cafe, BioCon 2012
Bioneers, as a community of mentors, invites you to take part in interactive sessions to share your story, realizations, struggles and successes, and to connect in meaningful ways with others.
What is the Bioneers Community of Mentors?
Bioneers has a tradition of recognizing the importance of youth in carrying forward the long struggle for a more just and sustainable society. The Community of Mentors is a revolutionary program that connects Bioneers presenters with youth activists. By sharing their insights and life experience as innovators and change-makers, these Bioneers help youth leaders overcome challenges and advance their sustainability and social justice work.
What is new about the Community of Mentors this year?
Building on this successful program, Bioneers is introducing an even broader concept of the Community of Mentors that includes the entire Bioneers audience. Bioneers recognizes that everyone attending the conference, not just presenters, has something important to share- ideas, stories, strategies, successes- and that our three days together offers powerful opportunities to connect.
In what ways can people connect and network at Bioneers?
Bioneers offers a variety of interactive methodologies led by experienced facilitators to help activate the diversity and wisdom of the Bioneers community to reweave the fabric of society in ways that promote stewardship of the planet, and honor and respect for each other.
Council Sessions, a tradition of many indigenous cultures, cultivate deep listening and heartfelt dialogue.
Wiser Together World Café provides a hospitable space for integration and reflection on what is emerging at the conference, and for building personal and professional partnerships.
TheNetworking Center brings people together to converse, find new peers, and begin to envision the actions you will take when you return home.
Each one of these offers a different methodology in multiple sessions throughout the conference.
Are there themes associated with these sessions?
There are many themes from which to choose. Some of the themes for this year include Intergenerational Partnerships, Turning Vision into Action, Restoring the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine, Local Economies, Resilient Food Systems, open sessions in which participants determine the topic, and more still to be determined.
Why are these sessions important?
Bioneers can be a breakthrough experience. We need each other’s support, creativity and wisdom to help transform the energies of global decline into regeneration. Shay Sloan, a Council Session facilitator, summed it up, “All of creation is asking us to cooperate with life. It’s not a hero’s journey- the story of one person standing up to save the world. This is a community passage.”
These sessions are designed to help weave a stronger web of stewardship through authentic connection by creating an intergenerational, democratic commons where all voices matter and are heard. We need to share information and celebrate our successes to inspire each other for the challenges we face and most of all, come together
turning vision into action.
Bioneers is Now on Link TV
Bioneers is partnering with Link TV to bring you the Bioneers Essentials, a collection of inspiring keynote talks by social, cultural and environmental thought-leaders filmed at the National Bioneers Conference. We are excited to grow our media presence with Link TV, a viewer-supported non-profit that distributes independent media nationally via satellite on DIRECTV and the DISH Network, reaching more than 33 million US households. Select Link TV programming also airs on 220 cable outlets, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, reaching an additional 22 million homes. Link streams much of its content online at LinkTV.org. You can watch the Bioneers Essentials every Friday night at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT and Saturday afternoons at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 PT. For more information on how to view Bioneers talks on Link TV, go to LinkTV.org.
This month, the series will feature environmentalist, author and co-founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben; urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter; and award-winning social media entrepreneur, Jensine Larsen.
In coming weeks, the Bioneers talks will feature Google Earth Outreach founder, Rebecca Moore; best-selling food systems author Michael Pollan; consumer activist and Story of Stuff creator, Annie Leonard; Green Chemistry guru John Warner, and more.
Bioneers is incredibly grateful to our valued partners for their support. We invite you to learn more about them by clicking on the following logos or visiting our Partners page online.