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We’re in the midst of a civilizational crisis, a moment of transformation as we attempt to wean ourselves off polluting and extractive energy and move towards an era where economies are powered by clean and efficient electricity. It’s going to be a big lift and has been a bumpy road.
Bioneers has long highlighted the work of leaders at the forefront of advocating a just transition to a more sustainable, regenerative, and equitable future. This is a community committed to building a world where human activities are in harmony with the natural systems that support us.
As we continue to face the challenges of the climate crisis, it’s more important than ever to stay informed and take action. In this newsletter, we hear from some of the world’s most informed experts on the energy transition and share a conversation between frontline activists about the importance of women’s leadership in the struggle for climate justice.
Leah Stokes | The Future is Electric
Leah Stokes, Ph.D., one of the nation’s most influential leading experts and “engaged scholars” in climate and energy policy, is the author of the award-winning book Short Circuiting Policy, which examines the role of utilities in undermining regulation and promoting climate denial. In her presentation, The Future is Electric, Leah explores the massive influx of clean energy investments that are poised to transform the American economy and the opportunities available to take advantage of new climate incentives. She challenges questions such as “What did it take to pass a historic $370 billion climate deal in Congress?” “How can American households and businesses take full advantage of it?” and “What does effective, equitable implementation look like?” to show the ideals of our electric future in this decade and beyond.
Watch Leah Stokes’s Presentation
Danny Kennedy | The Charging 20s
Danny Kennedy, with an extensive background in activism, has become one of the nation’s leading figures in clean-technology entrepreneurship and the capitalization of the transition to a “green” economy. In his keynote presentation, Danny delves into the race to the finish line of the transition away from fossil fuels and a plan to build out the full potential of clean energy — energy that is not just distributed, but decentralized in ownership and democratized in control.
Watch Danny Kennedy’s Presentation
Grassroots Women & Climate Justice | What’s Working and Why
The dominant culture that brought us colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism has led us to the brink of global ecological, economic and social collapse. In this conversation, women leaders who are lifting up frontline women around the world share what they see as emergent directions in movement-building, healing and transformative change. Osprey Orielle Lake, Leila Salazar Lopez, Zainab Salbi, and Amira Diamond show how it’s essential to amplify and invest in BIPOC and grassroots women climate leaders globally.
Read the Women & Climate Justice Conversation
Ilana Cohen | The Time for Fossil-Free Research is Now
Ilana Cohen is a lead organizer of the Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard campaign and the international Fossil Free Research movement, which combats the fossil fuel industry’s dangerous influence on academia. In her presentation, Ilana dives into how we need to evolve the fossil fuel divestment movement to the next level by holding universities and academia broadly accountable to fully separate from Big Oil’s influence. Ilana explains how a burgeoning international grassroots movement of students and academics, known as Fossil Free Research, is seeking to combat the industry’s pernicious influence, and how you can get involved in the fight.
Watch Illana Cohen’s Presentation
Bioneers Learning: Permaculture, Regenerative Design and Earth Repair for the Great Turning with Penny Livingston
Through engaging courses led by some of the world’s foremost movement leaders, the brand new Bioneers Learning platform equips engaged citizens and professionals like you with the knowledge, tools, resources and networks to initiate or deepen your engagement, leading to real change in your life and community.
Register now for a live course with Penny Livingston, “Permaculture, Regenerative Design and Earth Repair for the Great Turning,” to learn about the principles of permaculture, including how to work with natural systems, design for resilience, and create regenerative systems.
Diane Wilson is Announced a 2023 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Congratulations to Diane Wilson as well as other winners for being named 2023 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners. Thank you for all of your hard work and your continuous efforts in fighting against industrial pollution.
Bioneers has been a fan and supporter of Diane’s incredible work for decades. Her early talks at Bioneers were legendary, telling the riveting stories of her fight against Formosa plastics and her transition from a gulf shrimper to one of the most inspiring activists we’ve seen in a long time.