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Deep Ecology Institute hosts bioneer film fest

If you think you could qualify as a bioneer – an ordinary person committed to preserving and supporting the future of life on Earth – come to see eight films Saturday that provide practical solutions to human-generated environmental challenges. They are the work of internationally respected experts who spoke at the 2004 Bioneers Conference in San Rafael last year.

Sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute of Nevada City and emceed by KVMR’s Public Affairs broadcaster, Carolyn Crane, the day includes Native American drumming with Neena McNair, folk singing by Holly Near, and breakaway sessions during lunch at eight local restaurants and coffeehouses to discuss the issues raised by the films.

Included are such films as “Winning the Oil Endgame: Mobilizing Business and Design Innovation for Profitable Energy Security” by the founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute; “The Emerging Environmental Health Movement: How to Connect Personal and Planetary Healing,” with the co-founder of Commonweal Cancer Help Program; and “The Green Belt Movement of Kenya,” with the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner and tree planter Wangaari Maathai.



Bioneers, a 15-year-old nonprofit organization, was the spark that ignited Marge Kaiser to start Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute five years ago. Since then, the institute has thrived.

Proceeds from the silent auction Saturday will help support its many educational and outreach endeavors, which include “Sierra to the Sea,” a high school program with field trips; Eco-Kids at the Imaginarium; and, on April 17, the Eco-Expo, featuring Pulitzer prize-winning Bioneer Dan Dagget talking on “Gardeners of Eden,” or how humans have been managing resources from the very beginning.




KNOW AND GO:

WHAT: The 2004 Bioneers Conference on Film presented by the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 410 Broad St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $20 adults, $10 students, in Grass Valley at The Bookseller, BriarPatch Community Market and Odyssey Books; in Nevada City at Harmony Books and at the door.

INFORMATION: 265-6649, info@sndei.org, http://www.sndei.org; POB 1433, Nevada City, CA 95959


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