Planet Drum's Vision:
What approach can we take to live sustainably wherever we are located?
Planet Drum was founded in 1973 to provide an
effective grassroots approach
to ecology that emphasizes sustainability,
community self-determination and regional
self-reliance. In association with community
activists and ecologists, Planet
Drum developed the concept of a bioregion. Through its
projects, publications, speakers, and
workshops, Planet Drum helps start new bioregional
groups and encourages
local organizations and individuals to find
to live within the natural
confines of bioregions. We believe that people who know and care
about the places where they live will work to maintain and restore them.
Planet Drum Foundation works to research, promote and disseminate information about bioregionalism, a grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination and regional self-reliance. We believe that people who know and care about the places where they live will work to maintain and restore them.
To promote awareness of sustainable strategies for human inhabitation of the earth based on the
bioregions where people live. We seek to enhance the intimate connection with life-places by spreading the ideas and activities of "living in place" through publications, workshops, formal curricula, and hands-on demonstration projects. This work is motivated by our vision of a truly sustainable world in which humans are harmonious with and respectful of the natural environment
To promote and encourage ecologically sustainable living founded on an
understanding of one's bioregion,
a geographic area of interconnected natural systems and their
Begun in 1973, Planet Drum Foundation (PDF) has firmly established that understanding our relationship to the bioregions where we live is essential for long-term sustainability.
We have produced over fifty publications, hundreds of workshop, and numerous community organizing events.
PDF sponsors projects and activities related to restoration ecology, green cities, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, watershed consciousness, and ecology education.
Based in San Francisco, California, PDF has undertaken educational and organizing tours in North and South America, Europe, Japan, China, and Australia. Since 1999,
we have maintained a highly successful program to assist in transforming Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador into an ecological city based on bioregional principles.
Drum's current projectsóActivities, Eco-Ecuador and
Green City contribute to the understanding of living-in-place.
You can support the work of
Planet Drum Foundation by becoming a member, volunteering,
and/or making a donation.
Publishing (Informational materials for deepening bioregional
Discovering your Life-Place: A First Bioregional Workbook
to a new appreciation of their relationships with local natural systems through a
practical, hands-on map-making exercise. The book is an exciting way to teach local
ecology and natural science in either urban or rural areas for all ages.
A Green City Program for the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond has an
easily accessible format: it describes the present situation, agendas for short and long
term changes, "fables" for how changes might occur and "visions" of
what a Green City anywhere would be like.
Reinhabiting a Separate Country is a collection of essays, natural
history, biography, poems, and stories revealing Shasta Bioregion (Northern California) as
a distinct area of the planetary biosphere. It has served as a model for indigenous
collections in New York, the Ozarks, and the Rocky Mountains, among other places.
Wild in the City is a poster-map comparing a view of the natural geography of San Francisco before colonization with a present-day street map to show what features could be
Shasta Bioregion Map with descriptions of natural zones within Northern
Envisioning Sustainability is a collection of essays by Peter Berg.
Calendar 2010 has lovely photos from the work and the area in
Ecuador where Planet Drum's Eco-Ecuador Project is done.
Planet Drum's bi-annual review, Raise the Stakes, presented
thought-provoking essays on issues ranging from restoration ecology to the greening of
cities for 20 years. A "Circles of Correspondence" section described the
activities of bioregional groups. See the Publications page for