Over the last 25 years, a necessary convergence of the environmental and social justice movements has occurred, becoming one stronger, unified movement.
This vibrant and wildly diverse global movement is challenging business-as-usual and creating another world, founded in values and principles including environmental wellbeing, universal human rights, rights for nature, fairness, social and racial and gender justice, economic equity, democracy and compassion.
The Bioneers Conference has been a hatchery for this convergence and today the diversity of players and participants is awe-inspiring. One of our big climate justice sheroes in this movement is Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director of New Energy Economy.
Mariel Nanasi's Journey to Climate Justice
“I went to the conference. Like a sponge, I soaked up the message: Climate disruption is urgent! After that first conference I left my ‘safe’ life as an attorney who represented people subjected to police misconduct and violence, and became a climate and energy expert and activist. I need to look at my kids in their eyes and say that I used my talents to address climate disruption.
“[After being hired by New Energy Economy], we passed the New Mexico carbon reduction rule, but Republican Governor Susanna Martinez overturned the law. Despite the setback, we have closed half of one of the largest and dirtiest coal plants in the country. The Senior VP of the local electric monopoly recently referred
to me in front of a crowd as his ‘chief adversary.’
“If we ACT, not just talk, but make change, challenge systems (what I truly love about Bioneers), act strategically, collaboratively, and courageously, then we might have a chance. This is the Bioneers community: change-makers who love life and act courageously against all odds because we care!”
Read more stories from notable Bioneers in our 25th Anniversary Yearbook.