A Deeper Focus


Bioneers Plenary Lineup Finalized

Bioneers has announced its final lineup of plenary speakers for the 2012 conference in Marin. Of course, we will see these speakers streamed live as part of the CCBioneers beaming program. More about these luminaries in future E-zines:


Greg Sarris, PhD, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria  will address on his people’s commitment to position themselves “keepers of the land” once again.

Gretchen Daily, Director of Stanford University’s Center for Conservation Biology, an economist and ecologist, Dr. Daily has created a method of recognizing and quantifying ecosystems as natural capital assets.

Carol Jenkins, Founder of the Women’s Media Center  will explore how to regenerate the public information commons in this polarized age.

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club,  will bring us up to date on the Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign


Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org will survey the landscape of climate action

Dr. Gabor Mate, physician and expert on addictions and mind-body wellness asserts that most human ailments are not individual problems, but reflections of a person’s relationship with the physical, emotional and social environment, from conception to death

Marina Silva, former Environmental Minister of Brazil, winner of the “Champion of the Earth” award by the UN Environmental Program and considered one of the most important environmental leaders on the planet today will depict how we can balance protecting the Amazon and other vital ecosystems with sane development that brings people out of poverty without destroying the environment

Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, will speak about his national interfaith environmental coalition


Sandra Steingraber, PhD, biologist, author and 2011 recipient of a Heinz Award for her research and writing on environmental health. She was featured in the film Living Downstream, which was shown at the 2011 CCBioneers Conference.

Ai-jen Poo, Co-Director of Caring Across Generations will speak on labor and social justice

Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Director of the Drug Policy Alliance will ask us to imagine a world in which criminal laws and institutions play little role in drug control policy

Nikki Henderson, Executive Director of The People’s Grocery in Oakland. This nationally recognized young leader of the food justice movement will explore how we can all support the development of healthy communities and combat childhood malnutrition, diet-related diseases and food injustice

Paul Hawken, Founder of the Natural Capital Institute will wrap up the 2012 plenary lectures.

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