Index of Writings
(note: articles are described to the right—unattributed articles
are by Peter Berg.)
Library of Writings from Planet Drum
"Best of Planet Drum" series
One of our old friends took a look at an early incarnation of this web and commented,
"What you need now is a 'Best of Planet Drum' section, with reprints of all those
pieces we cherished for years (and still do)."
So here are some of our best articles, which inspired many of us to get involved in
bioregional groups in the first place. If you have any suggestions of what you'd like to
see here, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
- Amble Toward Continent Congress was 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
visit our Publications page for more information.]
- Bioregion 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."
- The 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.
- Bioregionalism Meets Local Autonomy in Mexico reports on the
November 1996 Turtle Island Bioregional Gathering (TIBG) in Tepoztlán, Mexico.
by David Simpson, a long-time Northern California bioregional pioneer
and community leader based in the deeply rural Mattole River Valley of
Humboldt County. David went to the 2009 UN Climate Conference in
Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in whatever ways seem appropriate.
Planet Drum distributed David's impressions and archives them here.
- The Dispatches page links to articles and communications that
Peter has sent from various trips to other bioregions around the planet.
They include Japan, Asia, and the Northeast of the U.S.
- Green City as Thriving City by David Morris was
originally published in Raise The Stakes #13, Winter 1988. This article discusses
price versus cost in the global economy and the advantages of local self-reliance.
- I Am Looking at A
Picture of Home is Raymond F. Dasmann's essay about
experiencing Northern California, originally written to
accompany Arthur Okamura's map for the book Reinhabiting a Separate
Country. Complete and unedited.
Note: An edited version of this essay with Okamura's map is available
at Planet Drum's
- Learning to Partner with a
Life-Place is the outline of a first year bioregional curriculum.
It was first published as Dispatch #1 from Ecuador, 2004.
- Metamorphosis 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 can be seen in the vision this article described.
- The Northeast Tour, 2005 Dispatch is a poem,
- The Post-Environmentalist Directions of
Bioregionalism, a lecture by Peter Berg given at the University of Montana, Missoula,
April 10, 2001.
Berg's tribute to Raymond
who died in Santa Cruz, California on November, 2003.
- Murray 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.
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