Bioregionalism author to speak in Kings Beach
The father of bioregionalism, a philosophy that emphasizes the relationship of humanity to the environment, will discuss how to live harmoniously with nature in a talk tonight at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach.
Peter Berg, who developed the concept of a bioregion, has traveled around the world helping communities co-exist with their surrounding environment, promoting renewable energy, “green” urban planning, eating food grown locally, and reducing waste.
He emphasizes the importance of local communities and local culture rather than a globalized community and a worldwide monoculture.
“Fundamentally, it’s a concept that humans are a part of our environment and we need to respect the role that we have,” said Executive Director Steve Teshara of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
Tonight’s event, sponsored by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, will offer participants an opportunity to define bioregionalism for the Tahoe Truckee area.
“There’s got to be a culture, based on a sense of place, for sustainability to be a possible fact in the future,” Berg said Wednesday in a phone interview.
A culture specific to the Tahoe area must revolve around conserving water and forest resources by developing individual consciousness over residential planning, reusing materials, education and ecological restoration, said Berg who founded the Planet Drum Foundation in 1973 to promote community self-determination and regional self-reliance.
“Mountain ecology is some of the most vulnerable in the world,” he said.
Planet Drum is a San Francisco-based grassroots foundation that educates communities about how to handle development within the natural confines of an ecosystem, said Eve Quesnel, an English instructor at Sierra College in Truckee who worked with Mayumi Elegado to bring Berg to Tahoe.
“I think his message is very timely, given the many concerns about the status of the environment,” Teshara said.
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