Bioneers 2016 Highlights by Megan Hollingsworth

My own agenda during Bioneers 2016 was directed as much by my passion for interspecies and intraspecies peacemaking as by trauma and to receive support for my healingThankfully, Bioneers conference serves this personal agenda with understanding that one's personal health status reflects and contributes to the community's health status. These are some of my highlights with link to official Bioneers highlights provided.

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pelusia by Megan Hollingsworth

His eyes said,

don't even.

You are clueless

lady white

with flowers on.


Pelusia, written 9.26.2016, recalls an encounter July 2016 with a young black man, aged perhaps 15 years, on Golden Gate Transit between Cotati and San Francisco. Our eyes met three times as I boarded. He was seated immediately behind the bus driver. Read this report, with race and ethnicity graphic, from around that time on killings by police in United States during the first half of 2016. 

I want to acknowledge the general fatigue in the air. Hubris rooted in toxic shame and the consequences of hubris enacted are most challenging to deflect and more so to transmute through the process of self-reflection and detoxification. Since it's unreasonable to list here all the violations of trust, I offer this poem.

The scary, grotesque thoughts spoken and lived out in plain sight are far from new. And others are, as always, as scary and grotesque as I choose to see or not see them and myself.

I become the lesser person as soon as I consider myself the greater person.

Please listen to Dr. A. Breeze Harper on White Fragility - March 2016, Interspecies & Intersectional Justice Conference, Whidbey Institute.

See also BARE


war not optional / pleasure is the freedom by Megan Hollingsworth

Climate change is Earth signaling an imbalance initiated by violent human competition.  I do not generally respond so directly to another's opinion. Yet, climate change is Earth signaling an imbalance initiated by violent human intraspecies and interspecies competition. So I find intolerable Bill McKibben's suggestion that the U.S. should battle against Earth's warning that violent human competition and the excessive consumption of materials and fuels has reached the end of the course. And humanity will surrender soon, whether by natural force or the human will to refrain. A WWII-scale extraction and production pulse plays the part of natural force, not the will to refrain. I'm rather stunned by Bill's narrow and incomplete focus on manufacturing and disseminating improved technologies in this particular contribution.

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