Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
Presents a Bioneers Network Event
November 1-3, 2013 * Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

What is Bioneers?
"... The leading edge of the world we want to create".  
-David Orr, National Bioneers and Oberlin Project

Listen to keynote David Orr's November 1, 2013 interview with Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ's Worldview. Learn about the Bioneers movement and the Oberlin Project, a public / private partnership, designed to make the City of Oberlin climate positive by 2040.


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Radio Interviews
Listen to Mike Nowak's recent interviews with Sandra Steingraber and Albert Bates.

Sandra Steingraber and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Illinois

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It’s All Connected … Guiding Principles
Chicago is the nation’s third largest city.  But it isn’t just any city, it is CHICAGO and it is alive!  At its heart are culturally rich and diverse people who pulse with innovation and promise.  Lake Michigan’s shores shape Chicago’s body and its fresh waters pour through its veins, sustaining all life. The City’s highway and rail transportation systems and original Chicago-style architecture form the bones and connecting tissue of its body, carrying goods and services that support us, and providing shelter against the elements.  Its businesses, industries and educational, health and faith institutions are strong, both powering and sustaining city life.

Morning yoga in downtown Chicago. Photo by Benkrut

Information, communication and technologies form networks and interactions that flow continuously through Chicago’s brain, while its soul sings out a long history of struggle and toil through blues and jazz and celebrates the sacredness of life not only in its houses of worship, but also in the beauty of its prairies, wetlands and freshwater ecosystems.  The “city that works” is also the city that plays, and its strong but playful spirit spawns restaurants, theatre, sports teams and tourist attractions that are known world-wide.

Chicago, just like other living organisms, responds to change both from within and from the outside.  It grows and matures when it is healthy; it declines when it is not.  And Chicago is not immune from the environmental and social problems resulting from a fossil-fuel based economy.  What can we do to ensure that our city’s systems are restored and sustained for generations to come so that the whole body – natural environment, built environment and people are not just healthy, but also thriving?

As a result, the following principles guide us in all that we do:

  • We believe our city is a living system.  All parts are connected and intelligent.  All parts need to be healthy for Chicago to prosper.
  • We recognize that the social justice and the environmental movements are one.
  • We actively collaborate with and follow the mission and principles of the National Bioneers organization.
  • We belong to the Great Lakes bioregion, but focus our energies and resources in the Chicago metropolitan area which has a distinctive history, geography and life-system that sets it apart from other places.
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