Each of us can make a positive difference by stepping up and doing our best / Becoming Planet Citizens
Pathways Forward, Going Green
GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: San Francisco-Marin, the beautiful site of the Bioneers' annual global conference
For three decades, with persistence and resilience we keep on keeping on ...
The Bioneers is a network of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges
A "celebration of the genius of nature and human ingenuity", the Bioneers held its 25th Annual Conference in 2014. Congratulations to the Bioneers global network, planet citizen friends of GreenPolicy360
Bioneers Explorations -- Biomimicry, Learning from Nature
Going green begins with a decision, a decision to go, to become actionable, moving and multiplying, choosing to create waves, creating rippling forces of change...
Being green is to be a Bioneer, 'bioneering' planet citizens
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After Years in Development
Project Drawdown's Climate Book Is Published † https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/ProjectDrawdownCO2
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One of our many Bioneers friends -- Paul Hawken -- speaking of 'Project Drawdown' at the 2014 Bioneers conference.
Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world.
The subtitle of Drawdown — The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming — may sound brash. We chose that description because no detailed plan to reverse warming has been proposed. There have been agreements and proposals on how to slow, cap, and arrest emissions, and there are international commitments to prevent global temperature increases from exceeding two degrees centigrade over pre-industrial levels. One hundred and ninety-five nations have made extraordinary progress in coming together to acknowledge that we have a momentous civilizational crisis on our earthly doorstep and have created national plans of action. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has accomplished the most significant scientific study in the history of humankind, and continues to refine the science, expand the research, and extend our grasp of one of the most complex systems imaginable—climate. However, there is as yet no roadmap that goes beyond slowing or stopping emissions.
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The Annual Bioneers Gatherings
"When I listen with my heart, I am pierced with an empathic awareness that calls me into action beyond what any amount of learning, reading or mental understanding can prompt."
- -- Nina Simons, Shifting Guidance from Head to Heart,
For over 25 years, the annual Bioneers Conference has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for pressing environmental and social challenges
Kenny Ausubel, co-founder with Nina Simons, has written many books and over the years inspired with his talks and activism ...
GreenPolicy360 highlights the Bioneers
Long time friends of GreenPolicy360's siterunner, here's to all the connections, a celebration of "the genius of nature and human ingenuity."
Here's to Bioneers at work, an eco-network continuing on, keeping on, protecting, preserving, nurturing, doing good work locally and globally ...
Ancient Wisdom, Earth Connections
Native Wisdom / Native Ecological Knowledge
"We are, you are, part of the earth"
"We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come...."
"What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?"
- Chief Oren Lyons
Eco/Environmental Activists with Vision
Bioneers Dennis Kucinich, Chief Lyons & Leonardo DiCaprio
Earth Outreach with Google
The Bioneers... "a network of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges".
SJS / GreenPolicy Siterunner -- My friends since the start-up in Santa Fe ... for over 25 years, the Bioneers have been fortunate to have the love of Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons out in front as thousands of hearty souls meet and network every year for an amazing conference in the San Francisco bay area to share 'best of' ideas from eco/environmental fields worldwide.
Here is an excerpt from one of the books Kenny and I worked on together, "Seeds of Change: A Living Treasure". Remembering the Coyote Cafe of Mark Miller and a new American cuisine inspired by chefs like Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Deborah Madison of Greens. Of course, we smile at the roasting of the hot green chile of New Mexico, my favorite among all the varieties of native seeds that have come to be in the Americas.
Protecting seed diversity, co-evolution at work, heirloom produce and food, farm-to-table, independent alternative agriculture and rich organic gardens, farmers markets, peak of season awareness of taste -- and connection of diet to health. We've been bringing a vital message to homes and kitchens, restaurants and businesses, politics and quality of life for years now. Remembering the best of the past and carrying on, keeping on...
At a distance of twenty yards from the Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, you can smell the unmistakable dark, earthy aroma of roasting chiles. So far from any visible physical source, the scent rises as a smoky puzzle. One wonders whether perhaps trickster chef and restaurateur Mark Miller has alchemically released an etheric chile loop, an Akashic relleno stuffed with the eternal pleasure and nourishment of some of the most cherished foods in history, and the hottest.
"Food should be a catalyst for creating meaning in our lives," Miller says passionately, "and part of that meaning is a sense of place. Cuisine belongs in a certain place, culturally, historically, and geographically. Our food should connect us to our cultural path. We used to have a food legacy when religions were full of food prescriptions."
It comes as no surprise that Miller completed graduate anthropology work at the University of California at Berkeley in cross-cultural aesthetics before signing on as a chef with Alice Waters. During his tenure at famed Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse, he frequented the Oakland produce market, perfecting the selection of fresh and unusual varieties of vegetables and foods for the restaurant. During his gathering he became "aware that the commercial hybrids were not of the same intensity of flavor as some of the older heirloom varieties..."
From Michael Pollan, in the early years of his career as we shared our work with and 'turned on' a visionary writer to the richness of diversity --
The Seed Conspiracy
By Michael Pollan
The New York Times Magazine, March 20, 1994
GreenPolicy Siterunner: Looking back at the mid-90s and turning Michael Pollan on to the Bioneers-Seeds of Change story...
THIS IS THE SEASON OF THE garden seed, that time of pure promise when the entire contents of a quarter-acre patch of vegetables—the yield of which will burden a small truck come August—can still fit inside an envelope and be sent cross-country by Fed Ex. The seeds themselves betray no sign of the prodigies they contain, but there, in a handful, they are: this weightless, buff disk packs a complete set of instructions for the making of a two-pound beefsteak tomato; that crinkled, blond tablet is etched with the blueprint for a 10-foot-tall sweet-corn tower.
But this is not the only kind of information encoded in a garden seed. For the seeds I order are inscribed with cultural, political and economic information as well. And if I am to believe some of the more polemical seedsmen whose catalogues-cum-tracts have found their way to my mailbox this season, the decision to plant one variety and not another is freighted with moral and environmental significance. A political fight is not exactly what I came to vegetable gardening to pick, but I seem to have stumbled into one anyway.
There I was, looking for a new variety of corn to try, and I wind up reading in the catalogue from Seeds of Change—part of a growing army of seed firms fired with a sense of political mission—about the negative impact that the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), of all things, will have on the free exchange of seeds and global biodiversity...
Re: Environmental laws and global trade
Hybrid seed patents, e.g. Bayer-Monsanto corporate seed-stock and market-controlling mergers, corporate trade protectionism with agreements such GATT / NAFTA / WTO as opposed to Alternative, independent agriculture, environmental sustainability, protection of seed diversity with open-source and 'seed saving / seed sharing', local adaptation to environmental conditions, reduction of high-input petrochemical/pesticide regimes and debt accumulation, soil loss/water pollution/health impacts
A Look Back over the Decades: The Bioneers
"A Revolution from the Heart of Nature"
"A Revolutionary Agenda"
- Media & changing the “Mindscape”
- Resilient communities
- Restorative food systems
- Indigenous knowledge
- Women’s leadership
- Youth leadership
- Ecological design
- Ecological medicine
- Human rights and Rights of Nature
Focus on Resilience
Resilience - https://www.resilience.org
Resilience Exchange - https://solutionbuilder.org/about/
Resilience Summit - AAAS (June 2014) - Resilience Summit
Resilient Communities - https://www.resilientcommunities.com/
Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature
- by Kenny Ausubel
"Without doubt, Kenny Ausubel has one of the most glorious minds on the planet. Herein he has crafted a dazzling treasury of essays on the destiny of humanity and its place on earth, a rosary of startling truths. His ability to describe the cataclysmic loss of living systems contrasted with the luminous and untold rise of human awakening is unique among living writers and speakers. Read this for its brilliance, but read it also to find joy in the intricate reimagination of what it means to be a human being at this parlous moment in civilization."
-- Paul Hawken, author/editor of Drawdown
"Kenny Ausubel is one of the planet's key people, a kind of hub for the new ideas that will, if we're smart, shape our future. He delivers them with the... brio and confidence that will help people overcome their fear and get to work!"
"Dreaming the Future proposes a path forward that is both profoundly radical and full of common sense. An excellent read for everyone who wants to build a better future-and for those looking to supplement the many dry technical tomes about today's environmental problems. Ausubel explores the political, cultural, and personal changes needed to chart a sustainable path forward, leaving readers delighted and hopeful.
-- Annie Leonard, author and host, The Story of Stuff; co-director, The Story of Stuff Project
"A brilliant new look at what it is to be human on a living planet. Kenny Ausubel has devoted his life to creating organizations that dream a new future. In this marvelous book he shares his vision in eloquent words that inspire us to take action. Read, enjoy, dream--and act!
-- John Perkins, author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Shapeshifting