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Bioneers film series addresses sustainability

Those interested in the environmental life of children, saving our water planet and justice for farmworkers — among other sustainability topics — may want to attend the Bioneers Film Series at Wilderness Charter School.

The free series, which starts Tuesday and runs for five weeks, shows DVDs of speakers' presentations at the 2008 Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, Calif. The annual conference features "social and scientific innovators (who) focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity," according to the Bioneers Web site.

"The material itself is what I consider the most inspirational, cutting-edge information on sustainability and social activism around the world," WCS teacher Katherine Holden said.

WCS used to take students to the Bioneers Conference every year and then switched to traveling to the satellite conference in Eugene to watch the presentations on big screens, Holden said. But Eugene stopped hosting the satellite conference two years ago and WCS hasn't attended the conference since, due to difficulties with transportation, she said.

However, WCS continues to purchase the DVD series of the conference speakers to show to students and present to the public for free as it has for the past six years, Holden said.

Much of the conference's content mirrors the school's curriculum, and Bioneers has inspired many students to start projects or pursue careers in sustainability, she said.

Making the video available to the community is a natural step because of Ashland's interest in the topics, she said.

"A lot of people in Ashland have made the pilgrimage down to Bioneers one time or another," Holden said. It's free because we just really want to make it available."

And, even though the DVDs are just recordings of the presenters giving their talks at the Bioneers conference, they're very interesting, she said.

"It's amazing how the content is what makes them really exciting," Holden said. "Even just watching them on TV, I really feel the excitement in my body."

Plus, having people with similar interests gather to watch the DVDs serves as a type of networking, she added.

"The bioneers are really about positive inspirational stuff and solution-based ideas," she said. "It's really about what real people are doing."

The Bioneers Conference Film Series will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday night from Jan. 27 through Feb. 24. in the Wilderness Charter School's Strawbale Classroom, 60 Morse St.

Presentations include:

Jan. 27 — Paul Stamets, "Solutions from the Underground: Using Fungi to Help Save the World" and John Todd, "The Ecological Design Revolution;"

Feb. 3 — Ray Anderson, "Sustainability in Action" and Janine Benyus, "Nature's 100 Best: Top Biomimicry solutions to Environmental Crises;"

Feb. 10 — Naomi Klein, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," and Lucas Benitez, "Fighting for Justice for Farmworkers;"

Feb. 17 — Kavita Ramdas, "Shakti, Shanti, Sangam: Power, Peace and the Politics of Change," and Sandra Steingraber, "The Environmental Life of Children — from Placenta to Puberty;"

Feb. 24 — Rick Reed, "Collaborating on a Grand Scale: Think Systematically, Act Cooperatively," and Alexandra Cousteau, "Saving Our Water Planet."

For more information, call 482-8771 ex. 150 or email wcs@ashland.k12.or.us.

Kira Rubenthaler can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 225 or krubenthaler@dailytidings.com.