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Bioneers to hold three-day program Oct. 19-21 at UMass Dartmouth campus

Conference to feature topics ranging from climate change to economic sustainability to social justice

The Marion Institute has announced this year's featured speakers for its third Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference to be held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth from October 19- 21.

The conference is the 2007 Northeast regional "beaming bioneers" site, one of 20 throughout the U.S. that make up a network of annual gatherings at which local concerned citizens and community activists gather with internationally acclaimed scientific and social innovators to explore practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.

The three-day conference is expected to attract over 2000 attendees from throughout New England and beyond and will feature topics ranging from climate change to economic sustainability to social justice. The regional program will have interactive workshops, a youth initiative program for high school and college students, music, films, local and organic foods, and exhibits by sus tainable businesses and organizations. The program will be linked via satellite with the main Bioneers conference in San Rafael, California.

"Bioneers by the Bay," explains Marion Institute director Desa VanLaarhoven, "provides an opportunity for students, scientists, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens concerned about the future of our planet-both environmentally and in terms of world health and social justice-to share visionary and practical solutions to help us lead more sustainable lifestyles and restore the Earth for generations to follow."

Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is a partnership between the national Bioneers organization in California, the Marion Institute, UMass Dartmouth, the City of New Bedford, MA, the Center at WestWoods, Westwood, MA. and Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT.

Featured presenters at the 2007 Bioneers by the Bay conference include:

- Will Allen, an organic farming activist who co-m anages Vermont's Cedar Circle Farm, co-chairs Farms not Arms, and authored War on Bugs, which reveals how farmers were convinced to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms(GMOs);

- Van Jones, founder and national executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and one of the nation's leading voices on human rights, the disenfranchised, and "green collar" jobs;

- Bill McKibben, author of the End of Nature, regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and organizer of the April 14 Step It Up 2007, A National Day of Climate Action;

- Dr. Joia Mukherjee, an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the international medical charity Partners in Health, consultant to the World Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and MDR-TB in developing countries, and an executive board member of Health Action Aids;

- John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestseller confessions of an Eco nomic Hit Man and, more recently, The Secret History of the American Empire, a compassionate plan for crafting a world that future generations will be proud to inherit;

- Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist, co-host of the Sundance Channel's The Green, and contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, the companion guide to the PBS series Ethical Markets;

- Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, author of An Unreasonable Woman and environmental and social justice activist who battled toxic polluters on the Gulf Coast of Texas and later co-founded the national women's peace movement, Code Pink;

- Naomi Wolf, an international best-selling author who became the literary star of the third wave of the feminist movement and also co-founder the Woodhull Center for Ethical Leadership, dedicated to the future of America's young women.

For more information call the Marion Institute at 508.748.0616, or email or visit

Author:  "Antone Vieira"
Date:  25-Sep-2007
Department:   News & Public Information

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