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The Frontier of Eco-Justice

This October 22–25, you’re invited to a party rivaled by no other. Part of Bill McKibben’s international day of action to stem climate change, it’s the 5th Annual Bioneer’s by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference in New Bedford, Mass.

This gathering of speakers and activists explores the frontier of eco-justice, climate change and the green economy. Everyone’s invited, which means YOU. Sign up to hear speakers such as: Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Chelsea Green’s own Woody Tasch, author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.

From the press release:

With the Obama Administration focused on spurring a thriving green economy, the environmental movement is gathering at Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change to urge increased personal and civic action for a more sustainable and equitable world. The conference will take place October 22 – 25 at the Zeiterion Theatre and other venues in historic downtown New Bedford.

“Bioneers by the Bay has been an anchor for the eco-justice movement on the East Coast,” said Desa Van Laarhoven, executive director of The Marion Institute, the conference producer and organizer. “Our job is to broaden the national debate about climate change and a green economy to include issues of social justice and equality. Most importantly, our goal is to mobilize support for deep and positive change and promote awareness about the importance of living a more sustainable and just life.”

This year’s conference, a satellite site of the internationally-acclaimed Bioneers conference in San Rafael, CA, brings together leading international and national speakers to discuss topics such as the environment, social justice, green jobs, renewable energy, health and spirituality. Presenters include Will Allen, a former pro-basketball player who is bringing farming of healthy foods to urban and underserved areas; Dr. Vandana Shiva, a leading expert on genetically modified organisms (GMO’s); Winona LaDuke, a leading native American and environmental activist; and Paul Hawken and Woody Tasch, two leading social entrepreneurs.

350 Event
One of the largest 350 events in MA will take place on October 24th. It is part of’s worldwide international day of action to help spark a global movement to create an equitable global climate treaty that lowers carbon dioxide below 350 parts per million.

Presenting at the 350 event will be several dynamic influencers on climate change: Callum Grieve, an esteemed climate change expert with the Climate Group, Climbing poeTree, poets exploring critical issues facing humanity through the kaleidoscope of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath and Tem Blessed, a local hip-hop artist and environmental activist.

“Bioneers by the Bay has been a critical amplifier of my work in environmental activism,” said Bill McKibben, founder of “We’re thrilled that Bioneers by the Bay will be part of our day of action alongside events in hundreds of iconic places around the world – from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Additional Highlights
Workshops will focus on composting, transition towns, building a solar oven, applying for stimulus funds, organic beekeeping, greening your school, water rights, green building, urban agriculture, Gaia theory and global warming, and much more.

There will also be several family-friendly attractions and daycare for children at the local YWCA, an extensive youth initiative, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, films, music, a farmer’s market, local and organic food, and art installations throughout New Bedford.

“Bioneers by the Bay is not just a conference that takes place in New Bedford,” explained Mayor Lang, “but one that has woven itself into the fabric of the city helping and teaching us to green our consciousness and systems. We’re proud to support Bioneers and help to bring sustainability to the New Bedford community.”

Registration to the conference is still open, 3-day passes are still available. One and two-day conference passes are also offered and there are opportunities to attend for a discount through scholarship or volunteering – if you want to come to the conference we want to help get you there.

***For a complete schedule of events and other information, visit, call the Marion Institute at 508.748.0816, or e-mail [email protected]***

About Bioneers
Bioneers is a California-based nonprofit and a thought leader in the worldwide sustainability and progressive movement. The organization has addressed issues such as peak oil, climate change and systems thinking, and has played an important role in the environmental and social justice arena at their annual conference in San Rafael, CA. In addition, Bioneers has partnered with twenty communities across the country to produce Bioneers Satellite Conferences. These events will feature satellite presentations of the national plenary addresses from California. The 5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change in New Bedford, MA, is one of the twenty sites in the national network and is the largest Bioneers Satellite Conference in the country.

About The Marion Institute
Founded in 1993, the Marion Institute ( is a member based nonprofit that is dedicated to identifying, promoting and incubating programs and projects, both on a global and local level, that seek to enhance life for the Earth and its inhabitants.. One such program is the Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference. We believe that when individuals are offered practical and visionary solutions, they become inspired, realize their potential and will act to restore a healthier balance.

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