A great start to our 10th anniversary year!

Thank you to the attendees, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers who were part of the 2020 Vision Central Coast Bioneers Conference February 1 at the SLO Guild Hall.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, we were able to give out four scholarships for young people to attend.   
By popular request, we are putting up the informative PowerPoint presentation of our afternoon presenter, Mark Jacobson, who was generous enough to share it with us.

Afternoon keynote Mark Jacobson of Stanford University lifted everyone’s spirits with his showcase of new green technology and a report on the countries that are committed to switching to 100% renewable energy.  Mark was kind enough to share his PowerPoint presentation.  Here are examples of advances in carbon-free transportation and solar thermal complexes with battery storage that can save energy for up to 15 hours.

Salinas River, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Solar thermal plant with 15 hours of storage
Morro Rock and Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, CA
Hydrogen fuel cell aircraft
California Condor in Flight
Electric Truck
Ecologistics Board Members with Dave Foreman at Doug Tompkins Tribute, January 31, 2016
Electric Ferry
Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Electric Bus

Our Photo Gallery

Salinas River, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Morro Rock and Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, CA
California Condor in Flight
Ecologistics Board Members with Dave Foreman at Doug Tompkins Tribute, January 31, 2016
Carrizo Plain National Monument, San Luis Obispo County, CA

The morning program will feature these keynote talks from the 2019 National Bioneers Conference:

Changing the Climate: What We’ve Learned in the Last 30 Years.

What lessons can we draw from three decades of struggles to address the existential threat of climate disruption? What do our failures reveal about the flaws of our political system and the economic nihilism of the fossil fuel industry? What strategies are most likely to lead to greater success to save our species from itself? Bill McKibben is perhaps our nation’s most influential environmental activist as well as one of our most brilliant thinkers and authors. The co-founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, Bill wrote The End of Nature (1989), the first general audience book that warned the country about climate change.

Drawdown | The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling Drawdown book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. The true power of Drawdown is its holistic nature. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board and will also create abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy. For over 30 years, Paul has been at the forefront of transformative solutions for people and planet, including his highly influential books The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.

Is There a Future for Our Democracy? Why Everything Depends on the Answer

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to free government in the U.S. anyone of us alive has encountered. Like a house with crumbling foundations, American democracy is suffering from decades of deferred maintenance. The challenge of repairing and updating our institutions would be difficult enough, but we obviously do not live in “normal times.” The pace of change is faster, threats bigger, risks global, and the time to forestall the worst is very short. David Orr, one of the nation’s most lucid and influential thought leaders, draws from his forthcoming book, Democracy Unchained: Politics as if All People Matter, to consider what we must do to return to the better angels of our collective nature and turn the ship around. What happens next is up to us.

The News We Deserve?

Democracy is in crisis, and one central reason is the transformation of the media landscape resulting from the collapse of the economic model for news. From where will truth-seeking, fact-based, trustworthy journalism come as we rebuild our democracy? How do we overcome the hyper-capitalist algorithm devouring the free press? Monika Bauerlein is the groundbreaking CEO and former Co-Editor of Mother Jones, which since 1976 has stood among the world’s premier progressive investigative journalism news organizations.

A Green New Deal

New Consensus is a leading-edge non-profit policy “think tank” working behind the scenes supplying research and detailed policy proposals for the Green New Deal to its leading political advocates, such as Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasion Cortez. Demond Drummer, New Consensus’ co-founder and Executive Director, well known in Chicago as a highly effective activist whose notable projects include CoderSpace, a computer science learning lab where students develop leadership skills, and a community-driven effort to reclaim city-owned vacant lots, is one of the true intellectual architects of the Green New Deal. He will draw from the history of FDR’s WWII mobilization, the moonshot of the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement to explain the critical importance of the Green New Deal as the next chapter of the American story.

Afternoon Program

The Green New Deal – Our Pathway to Survival

In her book “Abundant Earth,” Eileen Crist sounds the alarm that nature requires protection on an enormous scale in order to redress the extinction and climate crisis.  National and state politicians have proposed various frameworks for ways to redirect the human experiment toward a more sustainable and equitable existence on Earth.   These frameworks have been dubbed “Green New Deal” a nod to a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations called the New Deal enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1939 to aid in recovering from the Great Depression.

The Green New Deal proposals have common themes in their calls for declaring climate change an emergency, moving to 100% renewable energy, creating new jobs for carbon industry employees, investing in regenerative agriculture, investment in research and development for innovations in energy storage and deep decarbonization, and conserving wilderness lands. 

What many local residents don’t realize is that the Green New Deal is already underway here on the Central Coast.  Our afternoon workshops will showcase this movement, the successes so far, what still needs to be done and how you can be a part of it.

With an eye to the old maxim “Think Globally, Act Locally” you will also learn how to support efforts to make the Green New Deal and national and global movement.

Impact of Green New Deal Plans on Costs, Jobs, Health, and Climate in the United States and 143 Countries

Special Afternoon Speaker

Panel Discussion Session
Local and Regional Green New Deal Actions


Task Force Chair, SLO Climate Coalition
Director, Greenpower
Energy & Climate Program Director, Community Environmental Council
Farmer and Organizer, Heart and Soil Farms


Coffee and breakfast provided through a generous donation by SLO Food Coop.


Food provided by Feed My Seoul – thoughtfully sourced Eastern barbecue 

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Zero Waste Event

Thanks to TableShare Ware, Central Coast Bioneers will be a zero waste event.  Fore more information, visit their booth at the conference or check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Table-Ware-Share-Free-Lending-361191904645797/