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Bioneers 2022 Conference Highlights and Organizations Worth Your Attention

Bioneers is an organization that "highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet." They support "game-changing initiatives related to restorative food systems, biomimicry, rights of nature, Indigeneity, women’s leadership, and youth leadership," all while amplifying indigenous voices. Bioneers energizes the community and synthesizes, revitalizes and disseminates vital ideas at their annual 3-day conference.

 

The Bioneers conference took place 6 months earlier than usual and in a new location. Moving from San Raphael to San Francisco and from October to May, all to avoid the significant dangers of fire season in California. Regardless, spirit was high, and several brilliant speakers presented.

 

Almost all the seminars at the conference are recorded and are available on the Bioneers website. This is a great resource for faculty looking for curricular content that is well made and deep-diving.

 

Here are a few of the standout organizations represented at the Bioneers conference, stay tuned for more organizations in future newsletters

 

One Up Action Kevin Patel was,19 and attending Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles when he started this intersectional youth climate action organization. “Many politicians have adopted the idea that young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but why not the leaders of today?"

 

Earth Uprising International   This organization was started by Alexandria Villaseñor at age 13, now 16. “We need to realize that many movements are one. The climate movement is understanding that black lives matter, its sovereignty over our bodies and reproductive rights, its migrant justice.” 

 

Daughters for Earth An organization devoted to raising female leadership focused on climate. Understanding that there is a significant shortage of women in leadership, though women make up 52% of the world’s population.

 

Prism United This Florida non-profit set out to support LGBQT youth in a hostile climate and was started by 16-year-old Max Fenning. ” If young people allow the tides to turn the wrong way, we’ll leave the next generation even worse off”

 

350.org 350’s work is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. “A lot of the low-hanging fruit of climate action has happened. So we’re left with big actions that require people working together. We’re at the messy implementation phase. We need to develop some comfort with that.” -May Boeve

 

Fossil Free California Fossil Free California works with many environmental, climate justice, and social justice groups in California and around the country. They are a crucial resource for the campaign for CalSTRS divestment from fossil fuels. ("The views, information, or opinions expressed in this message are solely those of the individual(s) involved and do not represent those of the District Academic Senate and its members.")

 

Beth Abels