Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Event Kicks Off Bioneers by the Bay Conference with a Free Lecture at the Zeiterion

The City of New Bedford will host a special kickoff event featuring a presentation by lifelong champion of conservation and environmental business practices, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to launch the “The Third Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change” conference. The Bioneers by the Bay kickoff event will take place at the Zeiterion Theatre on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 7:30 PM and admission is free and open to the public however, seating is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
The internationally acclaimed environmental conference “Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change” will be presented by the Marion Institute from October 19-21 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The three day conference will feature live plenary presentations; afternoon workshops; an exhibition hall of sustainable businesses and organizations; films; music; local and organic food and art. Over 2,000 individuals-students teachers, green business innovators, scientists, grassroots leaders and others- with a broad depth of experience and vision in environmental causes like sustainability, clean water and energy, health and social justice will participate in the conference.
According to Marion Institute Director, Desa VanLaarhoven, “Bioneers by the Bay”, takes a “holistic approach to environmental sustainability by addressing multiple dimensions of the human condition and the world we live in and how we will leave this world for future generations. The goal of our conference is to educate our community about the most critical issues facing humanity and demonstrate how ordinary citizens can join grassroots efforts to connect for change.”
The conference is one of 18 Beaming Bioneers sites throughout the U.S. that will be linked via satellite with the main Bioneers conference in San Rafael, Calif. For complete registration information and the conference schedule, call the Marion Institute at 508-748-0816 or e-mail info@connectingforchange.org. Conference details are also available at www.connectingforchange.org. A limited number of scholarships are available for seniors, students, and activists.
About Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a lifelong champion of conservation and environmental business practices. With his experience as a lawyer and public figure, he is one of the nation’s most stirring advocates for protection of the environment and social change. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Kennedy was named one of TIME magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 130 Waterkeeper organizations around the globe. Kennedy serves as a chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and is co-host of Ring of Fire on Air America Radio. Kennedy is the author of several books, including the New York Time’s bestseller Crimes Against Nature.
About Bioneers: “biological pioneers”
A national, nonprofit organization, Bioneers was founded in 1990 by Kenny Ausubel, a social entrepreneur, author, and filmmaker, to promote practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. Ausubel most recently served as an advisor to and appears in Leonardo DiCaprio’s feature documentary, The Eleventh Hour.
The Northeast host for this year’s Bioneers program, the Massachusetts-based Marion Institute supports and promotes programs worldwide that work to enhance life and a sustainable future for the Earth and its inhabitants. For more information about the Marion Institute, call 508.748.0816, e-mail info@marioninstitute.org, or visit www.marioninstitute.org.

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