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

Who Participated This Year? Take A Look!
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Becka, Jami Evans, Terry Joel Freehling Swenie, Rachel Barkley, Traci Faith, William Ho, Kelvn Kass, AmandaKelsang, Dorje Marre, Elena Medearis, Lisa

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SATURDAY, November 2, 2013
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Voices from the FrontlinesExtreme Energy Expansion and Alternatives to Hydraulic Fracturing & Silica Sand Mining in Illinois  
The recent hydraulic fracturing boom and the accompanying increase in silica sand mining has been spreading across the country. Illinois is caught in the crosshairs of this extreme energy expansion with oil and gas companies buying up leases to land in central and southern Illinois and with the uptick in mining for silica sand. Not even our precious few natural areas are immune to this threat with a sand mine adjacent to Starved Rock State Park and the Shawnee National Forest vulnerable to hydraulic fracturing.

Hear stories and see photographs that depict North Dakota’s oil boom from photographer Terry Evans and learn more about local threats from community members on the frontlines in Illinois. Hear how Illinoisans are working to protect their communities and hear their thoughts about how to create solutions to these problems.

Tripp, Tabitha
Tabitha Tripp 
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment

Tabitha Tripp, a life long Illinois resident, has been a volunteer with SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment) for nearly two years. She became engaged in the fracking debate after learning about risks to water supplies and the devastation the industry causes to rural communities. She lives in unincorporated Union county with her two children and spouse on a fourth generation family farm, where their only source of water is a deep well.

Viands, Angie
Angie Viands, Session Leader
Rising Tide Chicago

Angie works as a Urban Conservation Educator in the Science Action Center at The Field Museum. There she assists teachers and youth with developing service-learning projects that address local environmental issues. She has over ten years of experience working with youth in both classroom and informal educational settings.

In her free time,Angie works with Rising Tide Chicago, a group that uses education and direct action to address the root causes of climate change. Angie holds a B.A. in History from the University of Florida and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science and Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.

Rau, Bill
Bill Rau 
Professor Emeritus
Illinois State University

William Rau is Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University. After graduating from Northwestern University he volunteered for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1965 Summer voter registration drive in the South and stayed through a pivotal 1966 primary election campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.

His understanding of the interconnections between climate change and fossil fuel addiction has driven his involvement with Vision 2020, a Transition Town initiative in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois; his campaign for approval of municipal aggregation in the two towns (with both choosing 100% renewable energy) and his involvement in the Illinois People’s Action’s anti-fracking campaign.

Evans, Terry
Terry Evans 
Terry Evans Photography

Terry Evans has photographed the prairies and plains of North America and the urban prairie of Chicago, combining aerial and ground photography. Her work explores the virgin prairie, working steel mills, Greenland ice sheets, a small town in the Kansas Flint Hills and now the oil boom in North Dakota. She delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people.

Evans is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award. Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom, a collaborative exhibition with writer Elizabeth Farnsworth, runs from June 7, 2013 to January 20, 2014 at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

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