Improving Environment By Changing The World: First Nations and the Future of the Earth

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Indigenous peoples were the first "Bioneers" who worked with nature in a reciprocal relationship -- giving back as much as they took. This program highlights startling new studies that have identified "biodiversity hotspots" around the globe, lands that are critical to the health of the biosphere, lands which are under the care of indigenous peoples, and are identified by multinational business interests as prime targets for massive resource extraction. 


Rebecca Adamson, a Cherokee, President and Founder of the First Nations Development Institute has worked as an advocate of local tribal issues for over 24 years and has been a groundbreaking leader in fostering culturally appropriate, values-driven investment and development in US first nations communities. She currently serves on the Presidentís Council on Sustainable evelopment/Sustainable Communities Task Force and has served as an advisor to the United Nations on Rural Development and International Indigenous Rights. 

Paula Gunn Allen, Ph.D. (1939-2008) A Laguna Pueblo/Sioux Indian, an educator, award-winning poet, fiction-writer, essayist and author of, among other books, The Sacred Hoop and Grandmothers of the Light. 

John Mohawk, Ph.D., (1945-2006) was a Turtle Clan Seneca and Professor of American Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, who formerly edited the legendary journal Akwesasne Notes. He developed is developing food products based on the traditional white corn of the Iroquois and served on the Iroquois White Corn Project Board. 

Bioneers Series II: Improving Environment By Changing The World includes the following programs: 

  • BN201 Part 1: Re-Imagining Design: Becoming Tools of Nature
  • BN202 Part 2: Gaian Wonders of the Co-Evolutionary Dance
  • BN203 Part 3: Environmental Justice – Rising from the Flames
  • BN204 Part 4: Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
  • BN205 Part 5: Tree of Knowledge - Tree of Life: Towards an                            Agriculture of Relationships
  • BN206 Part 6: Rewilding The Earth: Nurturing The Web Of Life Lunch
  • BN207 Part 7: Globalization: The Environment and Living Toward                   the Local
  • BN208 Part 8: Knowledge From Intimacy: Revaluing The Feminine
  • BN209 Part 9: Honoring the Heritage of Black Farmers on the Land
  • BN210 Part 10: First Nations and the Future of the Earth
  • BN211  Part 11: Global Green Plan and Urban Design
  • BN212 Part 12: The Age of Extinction and the Emerging                                     Environmental Health Movement
  • BN213 Part 13: Nature and Spirit: It's All Alive

The Bioneers series consists of three sets of 13 programs each:

Bioneers Series I The Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature
Bioneers Series II "Improving Environment By Changing The World
Bioneers Series III

Inspired by the philosophies of the Deep Ecology movement, the Bioneers are heroic examples of people living as if nature mattered. Join us as we look deeply into the magic and mystery of the convergence between leading-edge science and ancient wisdom for a Declaration of Interdependence for the new millennium. Though these programs were produced in the 1990s the contents of this series are timelessly relevant. 

HOST: Michael Toms     INTERVIEW DATE: 10/19/2000            PROGRAM NUMBER: BN210