Join me for an environmental event like no other. Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will bring together environmental and social justice leaders, activists and ordinary people who seek to address our most pressing environmental, economic and social challenges through solutions that do not harm the planet or the life forms that depend on it.
Sponsored by Rogers Park-based Eco-Justice Collaborative and UIC’s Office of Sustainability, the conference will play host to over 50 workshops and inspirational talks on a variety of topics, such as sustainable food systems, green infrastructure and architecture, waste, group problem solving, biomimicry, civic engagement, cooperative models, climate change and more. These workshops and talks will be interspersed with live poetry, music, dance and drumming that reflect Chicago’s diverse cultures.
Hear from some of the foremost leaders in the Bioneer movement, including Dr. Vandana Shiva, renowned author, scientist and ecofeminist who is best known for her activism around food justice and earth democracy; John Edel, creator of The Plant, the nation’s first vertical farm; and Bill McKibben (pre-recorded), award-winning environmental journalist, author, Co-Founder of 350.org and leading global climate activist.
On Saturday afternoon, my colleague, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and I will lead a discussion about grass-roots civic engagement, using the 47th Ward’s Green Council and our 49th Ward Green Corps and 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Process as examples. For more information on our workshop, CLICK HERE.
To get a look at the full scope of speakers, workshop and entertainment, visit the Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago web site and click on the tabs on the right sidebar. Scroll through the list of events planned forFriday, Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t miss out on this historic conference. TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!
What is a Bioneer?
Simply put, Bioneers (Biological + Pioneer) seek to change the way we live and interact with our planet by focusing on solutions to our most pressing environmental, economic and social challenges that do not harm the planet or the life forms that depend on it. The movement is premised on the belief that we have all the tools we need to ensure a healthy planet and equitable society without resorting to extreme measures/solutions that put us and our planet at risk. Organizers promote systems thinking, collaboration and dialogue about what is a sustainable and just solution–and what is not.
National Bioneers started more than 20 years ago by founders Kenny Ausebel and Nina Simons (who will participate in this weekend’s event). Today there are more than 20 affiliate Bioneers sites, but Chicago will be the largest city in the nation to host such an event.
If you care about the environment, social justice and the future of our planet, this is an event you don’t want to miss.