Several hundred environmentalists and social activists are expected to attend the Central Coast’s first Bioneers conference Oct. 15-17 at the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.
The Bioneers is a nonprofit group that seeks practical and innovative solutions to environmental and social problems based on nature and interdependence. They meet each October in San Rafael with the main conference broadcast through satellite feeds to various locations in the United States and Canada.
The San Luis Obispo conference will participate in these main daily plenary sessions that will then be accompanied by a variety of local events. Some 70 local events are planned, said Stacey Hunt, whose nonprofit group, Ecologistics, is hosting the gathering.
“It is much more than a conference — it is a festival of ideas, with 18 workshops, 35 speakers, a moving image festival featuring both local and nationally-known documentary films, music, art and a marketplace of businesses and organizations,” she said. “We will be featuring organic, sustainably grown, local food at the event.”
The main plenary events draw experts of international stature. This year’s participants include prominent primatologist Jane Goodall and James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
For more information and to register, go to www.centralcoastbioneers.org.
Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.