By Kenny Ausubel, CEO & Co-Founder of Bioneers

In this address from the Bioneers 2020 Conference, Bioneers CEO & Co-Founder Kenny Ausubel discusses the converging awakenings that took place in 2020 and how we can use what we’ve learned to move forward.

I’d like to talk with you about the upside of the downside.

There’s a supreme poetic justice in a virus hacking a rogue civilization on a collision course with nature and the human experiment. You can’t gaslight a virus. The ground truth of our biological interdependence with the natural world has disrupted the delusion of our separation from…


The regulatory landscape and social attitudes surrounding visionary plants and psychedelic compounds are in rapid and dramatic flux. A great deal of new scientific research has revealed exciting potential medical uses for these molecules, while dynamic, ever-growing, and mutating psychedelic subcultures continue to expand globally. But with this explosion in new interest comes challenges. Will profit-focused investors seek to corner the legal use of psychedelics and monopolize the resulting profits, further marginalizing the Indigenous cultures who discovered these plants millennia ago and developed robust healing methodologies with them? …


Although humanity is rapidly degrading the biosphere, condemning countless plant and animal species to extinction, simultaneously there has been a great deal of remarkable new research into plants’ perceptual and cognitive abilities as well as an enormous renewal of interest in certain plants (e.g. ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, cannabis) as potential physical and psycho-spiritual healing agents.

In the following edited and excerpted transcript of a 2020 Bioneers Conference panel, botanical luminaries share their perspectives on: the growing global fascination with certain plant species and what their embrace tells us about the current zeitgeist; what we can do to help support the…


On April 23–25, 2021, the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines will present A Virtual Psychedelic Summit on the Globalization of Plant Medicines and Indigenous Reciprocity.

The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines’ mission is to provide public education and cultural understanding about psychedelic plant medicines and promote a bridge between the ceremonial use of sacred plants and psychedelic science. Bioneers’ J.P. Harpignies talked to Josh Meadow, Chief Operating Officer of the Chacruna Institute, about the upcoming event.

J.P. HARPIGNIES: Josh, what is the Chacruna Institute hoping to accomplish with your upcoming virtual conference and what do you view as…


Women are leading the struggle for climate justice and ushering in a new approach to creating a sustainable future for our planet. Restoring balance in climate leadership produces equity that fundamentally transforms our relationship with culture, identity, humanity, and the Earth. Creating a livable world without pollution and systemic violence depends on our ability not only to dismantle but to nurture and restore relations with ourselves and each other.

This week, we share wisdom from brilliant women leaders as they discuss their visions for a more equitable climate movement.


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It has been a full year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic due to the spread of COVID-19 and it has been an immensely challenging time for everyone The impacts have been staggering. As we wrote last March in the introduction to Bioneers collection of content on the pandemic, “While the virus itself is considered “novel,” its emergence, spread and the varied global response has unmasked systemic realities that are certainly less than “novel,” including…


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What, exactly, is “zero”? If that sounds like a Zen koan, it’s not. It’s a foundational question behind what appears to be a coming onslaught by environmental advocacy groups to name and shame net-zero greenwashers. For the past two years, and especially the past 12 months, hundreds of companies and governments around the world have made net-zero carbon emissions their sustainability North Star. It’s a positive step, to be sure: an ambitious, aspirational, even audacious goal, usually made at the highest organizational level…


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As corporate food entities grow an insatiable appetite for ever-larger profits, hunger and malnutrition continues to increase in primarily Black and Indigenous communities, who also comprise the majority of exploited agricultural workers. The concentration of agricultural land, profits and labor into the hands of white ownership finds its roots in the legacy of colonialism.

Colonized people are leading the struggle to uproot the relationship of extractive violence against people and land that characterizes the agricultural industry. …


Sanjay Rawal is a James Beard Award winning filmmaker who spent 15 years working on global human rights campaigns. His films include FOOD CHAINS about the battle of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers against the largest agribusiness conglomerates in the world and 3100: Run and Become about ultra-marathoners who value running as a spiritual exercise. Arty Mangan of Bioneers talked to Sanjay about his latest film Gather, the story of reclaiming food sovereignty in three North American Indigenous communities.

ARTY: Your film Gather tells the stories of how young Yurok leaders, a Lakota high school scientist, and a White Mountain…


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“It is critically important that we have climate conversations through the lens of people who have lived these experiences. Because it doesn’t make a difference where you come from or what you look like, sometimes you just need things to be done in the language that you understand.” ~Heather McTeer Toney, internationally renowned leader in environmental and climate justice

Racial justice and environmental justice are inextricably linked. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate impacts — a…

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