Our 25th Bioneers birthday has been quite a trip down memory lane. The Gulf Coast shrimper-activist-author Diane Wilson is one beloved member of our community who has had such a profound influence on Bioneers and the world, so I reached out to Diane to see if she could come be with us to celebrate. Diane would LOVE to come, and as you may know, she lives really close to the bone. The only way she can come be with us all is through a scholarship. You can help bring Diane and many other brilliant activists to Bioneers' birthday conference – make a donation to the Scholarship Fund today.
Here are some of Diane’s own words about what Bioneers has meant to her—and what she has meant to us and to the world.
“First off, I first used the words ‘Unreasonable Women’ (before Ralph Nader!) on the podium at Bioneers. Second, Bioneers funded the first Unreasonable Women of the Earth gathering, which later birthed our first anti-war action (one of the first of the Iraq War), which later morphed into CodePink. Thirdly, you found the publisher Chelsea Green for my manuscript and then Kenny wrote the foreword to my book An Unreasonable Woman, which turned into a three-book deal. Because of Bioneers making the connection, Marlo Thomas told my story on national TV in the documentary Our Heroes, Our Selves on Lifetime. Kenny and Nina, where would I be without ya'll? Don’t know, don’t know. Loads of love from wicked Texas.” —Diane Wilson, activist, author In 1996
In 1996, we first learned about Diane and her courageous battle against Formosa Plastics’ horrific chemical poisoning of the Gulf. Few people had ever heard of her then. She taught herself environmental law and tried the courts, and ultimately resorted to direct action—trying to sink her shrimp boat on the site of the worst spill. She risked everything on behalf of her beloved Gulf Coast and her fellow shrimpers. She has done countless hunger strikes including against wars, co-founded CodePink coming out of a Bioneers UnReasonable Women for the Earth retreat, and has never stopped literally putting her life on the line for Earth and justice.
Diane has inspired us beyond words. She is our sister. Please help us bring Diane and other young and emerging leaders who will become tomorrow’s Diane Wilsons to our 25th anniversary conference this October.