Bioneers to speak on environmental issues, ideas |

Bioneers to speak on environmental issues, ideas

Seven speakers, who appear on film taken at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael in October, will be telling of such things as intelligence in nature, global warming and new ideas in biology Saturday in Nevada City. And Conga Baya and Don Ryberg will perform at opening ceremonies.

Bioneers (aka. The Collective Heritage Institute) was founded in 1990. It’s a collection of scientists, artists, gardeners, economists, public servants, architects, farmers, shamans, policymakers and citizens “who are working with nature to heal nature and ourselves” (

The organization puts on its annual conference in San Raphael, which is attended by 3,000 people and beamed by satellite to 19 locations in Canada and the U.S.

The Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, based in Nevada City, is also committed to similar earth-friendly goals. Marge Kaiser, executive director of SNDEI who has been attending the conference for years, says she came up with the idea for the program “Bring The Bioneers Home” and ended up being the first to buy the film of conference highlights and bring it to this community three years ago.

Bioneers founder and director Kenny Ausubel said, “Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute is an exemplary organization effectively localizing the kinds of ideas that Bioneers highlights. We look at SNDEI as one of the best local models building community and educating folks in the context of actually putting these ideas into practice.”

Among the speakers shown in the film is Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature”; Diane Wilson, an activist currently serving time for challenging corporate chemical giants such as Dow Chemical for spills and discharges; and Jenine Benyus, the author of six books in natural sciences, including “Bio-mimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.”

Breakaway discussion groups will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall (Cottage and Pine streets). Bring lunch or sign up early for a lunch from Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins for $6.

What: 16th Annual Bioneers Conference on Film

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

Admission: $20 at the door or $18 in advance at BriarPatch, The Book Seller and Odyssey Books in Grass Valley and Harmony Books in Nevada City. $10 students; $2 discount to SNDEI members.

Information: Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute at 265-6649 or

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