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Index of Writings

(note: articles are described to the right—unattributed articles, below, are by Peter Berg.)

Complete index of Peter Berg's essays, poems, tributes, etc. on this website.

Complete index of David Simpson's reports from United Nations climate change conferences.

Amble Toward Continent Congress  

Bioregion and Human Location  

The Bioregional Approach for Making Sustainable Cities

Bioregionalism Meets Local Autonomy in Mexico  


Green City as Thriving City by David Morris

I Am Looking at A Picture of Home by Raymond F. Dasmann

Learning to Partner with a Life-Place  

Metamorphosis for Cities  

Northeast (USA)Tour Dispatch

The Post-Environmentalist Directions of

Murray Bookchin
Raymond F. Dasmann


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 mail@planetdrum.org .

  • 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 bundles. Please 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.
  • Copenhagen 2009 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 Energy Exchange Store.
  • 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, Hudson Loan.
  • The Post-Environmentalist Directions of
    , a lecture by Peter Berg given at the University of Montana, Missoula, April 10, 2001.
  • Peter Berg's tribute to Raymond F. Dasmann, 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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Last updated: 30 Jan 2019