Central Coast Bioneers Conference
October 24-25, 2014 at the SLO Grange Hall
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Central Coast Bioneers is the Bioneers Network Member for the San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County and Monterey County region.
We are committed to capturing the sense of excitement, hope, connection and inspiration that is so much a part of the Bioneers conference tradition. We invite you to be part of a weekend that will change your life.
The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum where you can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. Social and scientific innovators focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. These visionaries are already creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world we want to live in – our legacy for future generations and the web of life on which our lives depend. You can connect with hundreds or thousands of engaged folks making a real difference.
The Bioneers Network exemplifies the power of local communities to create innovative solutions for healing our world. It is with our neighbors that we can find answers to our community’s needs and truly put democracy into action. The Bioneers Network gives us a venue and empowers us to link arms with a global network of thought-leaders to make change.
Central Coast Bioneers kicks off its
2014 Critical Conversations Program
Earth Day, Tuesday April 22, Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St, SLO.
Doors Open 6:00 PM, Film starts at 6:30 PM, Discussion at 7:30 PM
Admission: $5 suggested donation to Central Coast Bioneers
Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Diablo Canyon:
A Showing of the Award Winning documentary A Question of Power by David L. Brown and narrated by Peter Coyote.
Followed by audience and panel discussion on the role of Civil Disobedience in Democracy moderated by Ecologistics, Inc.’s Chairperson Professor Michael Jencks
Thirty years ago this year Diablo Canyon was granted its full power operating license. That approval was preceded by years of public protests, demonstrations and civil disobedience in San Luis Obispo. In fact, at the time, in the number of protestors and arrests, the demonstrations and three week blockade at Diablo led by the Abalone Alliance were the largest sustained act of civil obedience in US history. The San Luis Obispo Community stood up for itself in a proud moment of community courage. David Brower, former Executive Director of the Sierra Club and later founder of Friends of the Earth said
“A Question of Power is a documentary that not only informs and frightens, but also excites and inspires. The film reminds us inescapably of what informed citizens can achieve together if they put their minds and bodies where their hearts are.”
The film features a number of well-known opponents of Diablo Canyon and will introduce you to Wavy Gravy, Jackson Brown, Starhawk a young Governor Jerry Brown, and Pam Metcalf of the Abalone Alliance as well as local citizens including Chris and Jean Kluver, attorney John Carsel, the unforgettable Frances Stewart, and a number of CalPoly faculty and staff, including Professors Paul Wolff and Richard Kranzdorf.
The documentary has been broadcast on PBS and has won a number of awards at international film festivals but has been rarely shown in San Luis Obispo the past 20 years.