Bioneers Plenary Talks Inspire Community Conversation





Woodstock New York Transition, in conjunction with Bioneers, and partnering with two other local organizations -- the Woodstock Land Conservancy and Woodstock Farm Festival – have been presenting a Winter Film and Video series, showing five plenary talks from the Bioneers’ full boxed set of Audio and Video materials, followed each evening by a Community Conversation.  

We began on January 28 with Brock Dolman’s “Watersheds are our Lifeboats.”  This timely video presentation coincided with a concerted campaign by five mid-Hudson Valley communities to deter California-based Niagara Bottling Company from taking the water from Kingston’s reservoir, Cooper Lake, which is located in Woodstock, and bottling it for sale at a plant they intended to build in the town of Ulster, halfway between Woodstock and Kingston. On February 13, Niagara announced it had changed its mind and would not be building that facility.   

On February 18, we presented Thomas Linzey speaking about “Home Rule and the Rights of Nature,” the perfect follow-up to our local victory.     On March 11, we presented two videos, David Suzuki on “The Biological Bottom Line,” and Carolyn Raffensberger on “The Precautionary Principle.”  

Two ongoing groups emerged from these first three videos:  one talking about preserving our watersheds and learning more about permaculture, and one about becoming more educated in effecting change through interfacing with local governments.  All three events were very well attended – about 40 people each night in this bitter cold snowy winter. 

The next two events in our series deal with the local Food Shed, ending with a talk by Michael Pollan on Earth Day, April 22.    For more information, go to

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