Peter Berg's Essays, Dispatches, Presentations, Tributes, and Notes on
Peter Berg (1937-2011) was the Founding Director of Planet Drum
Foundation. His writings appear throughout this website. Here is an index to
easily locate individual items.
- Amble Toward
Continent Congress is a manifesto to overcome the politics of
extinction, the Earth-colonist globalism which exhausts whole
continents, their people, and moves now to devastate deep floors of our
planetary oceans. This piece was distributed with one of the early
Planet Drum Bundles, and was written to counter the patriotic fervor of
the US Bicentennial in 1976. [Note: Amble is also available as
part of one of the original Planet Drum
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Bioregional Approach for Making Sustainable Cities This article
discusses sustainable cities' foundation in ecology and includes a guide
for starting the transition to achieve bioregional sustainability in any
city. There is a section with examples from Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador.
(Defined and Updated 2002) an update of his early essay
Bioregions. Why bioregions are important, clear and concise
definitions of them, as well as manifestations of bioregionalism—groups,
history, relationships to other concepts, and attacks by global
to Partner with a Life-Place is the outline of a first year
bioregional curriculum. It was first published as Dispatch #1 from
for Cities is an article by Peter from 1995 that outlined the
blueprint for transforming urban areas to bring them into "balanced
reciprocity with natural systems." Subsequent work by Planet Drum
Foundation in cooperation with the
Eco City movement
in Ecuador stems from the vision this article described.
Weather and You appeared in The Messenger, a free newspaper in San
Francisco serving independent culture and community. It was published by
Independent Arts & Media as part of the Seventh Annual Expo for the
Artist & Musician, September, 2006.
Post-Environmentalist Directions of
Bioregionalism, a lecture by Peter Berg given at the University of
Montana, Missoula, April 10, 2001.
and Human Location was a talk that Peter gave at the University of
North Carolina in 1982 (published originally in All Area #2, Spring
1983). It lays out the argument that "there has to be a new politics
based on reincorporating the social and natural sciences together in a
way that is appropriate for developing a planetarian civilization."
In his numerous peregrinations, Peter sent us dispatches from distant
bioregions, our eyes and ears, a sort-of latter-day combination of Darwin
(as chronicler of minute botanical/zoological detail) and Bakunin (as
pollinator of the Reinhabitory Movement)
Asia--Japan, China, Mongolia
- October 2005: Dispatch from Planet Drum Foundation's
Northeast (USA) Tour in the form of a poem,
Peace Boat (off Baja Califas)
Berg's tribute to
who died in Santa Cruz, California on November, 2003
Bookchin was one of the most influential thinkers in the formation
of the anarcho-bioregional movement. Peter Berg's homage to this most
inscrutable luminary, August 2006.
Thomas Berry, Biospherean was written in 2008 to go into a "book of
appreciations" celebrating Berry's 93rd birthday.
- On January 24, 2001 a memorial for
was held at the New College in San Francisco. Peter Berg sent
Standing on a Street Corner Doing Nothing is Power as a Dispatch
from Ecuador for that occasion, and it was read there by Judy Goldhaft
Sakaki 2008 was an internationally renowned as a contemporary Taoist
sage/poet. Peter put together a tribute to him when he died at the end
Notes on Art