Deep Ecology Collaboratory Overview

The 3-day Deep Ecology Collaboratory took place October 21-23, 2016 at Rancho El Chorro, which sits on a 250-acre nature reserve in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, CA.

Participants addressed the biodiversity crisis, overpopulation, and globalization through the lens of Deep Ecology principles, which recognizes the inherent value of all living creatures.
The Collaboratory Experience
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Why you should attend the Collaboratory
Registrant Welcome Letter

Program Outline

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Friday Afternoon and Evening

  • Registration and Welcome
  • Kelly SorensonConserving California Condors and their Habitat
  • Dave ForemanThe Anthropocene and Ozymandias (Evening Outdoor Fireside Chat)


  • Robert Gifford – Creating Empowering Messages to Shift Human Culture
  • William RyersonThe Role of Entertainment Mass Media in Changing People’s Environmental Behaviors
  • Joe Bish – Picturing the Population Issue: Snapshots from Around the World
  • Stephanie MillsBioregionalism: Keeping Faith with Nature and Place
  • Eileen CristFreedom, Entitlement, and the Fate of the Nonhuman World
  • Video Message from Bill McKibben – What Winning the Climate Battle Looks Like
  • Roberto Monge – Special report on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in Standing Rock, ND
  • Sharon Rippner – overview of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Carbon Fee & Divided Initiative
  • Protest Song Concert and Beer Garden – Maria Woodson, Bloom, and Ranchers for Peace (Concert $10 cash at the door; $3, $4, and $5 beer on tap for purchase, cash only)


  • Matt Ritter – will lead a walk through the Pennington Creek Biological Reserve
  • Derrick JensenThe Myth of Human Supremacy
  • Manifesto Workshop – Denise Dudley will facilitate a workshop for creating the Deep Ecology Manifesto for Preserving Our Planetary Commons
  • Loomio Training – led by Tori Poppenheimer
  • Closing

Jerry Mander is unable to present at the Collaboratory due to illness. He will be missed. We wish Jerry a speedy recovery.

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