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Bridging Visions Sumit

14 November, 2014 - 16 November, 2014

Bridging Visions for a Fossil-Fuel Free World

Join EJC for this inaugural summit in beautiful southern Illinois:

November 14, 15, and 16
Touch of Nature Environmental Center
Makanda, Illinois (near Carbondale)
Click here for a printable Bridging the Vision flier with detailed information.

The November 6, 2014 decision to approve rules that regulate hydraulic fracturing in Illinois places the spotlight on fossil fuel extraction in this state. The summit will bring together grassroots organizations and activists working to move industry and policies to transition from fossil fuels and build a new economy based on clean, safe, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This promises to be a weekend of fun, sharing, learning, and building the relationships that we need to bring about a fossil-free future.

Guest speakers include Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog; Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative;Barney Bush, Shawnee Vineyard Indian Settlement; Braze T. Smith, Shawnee Forest Sentinnels; Bill Price, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign; Tom Shepherd, Southeast Environmental Task Force; Debra Michaud, Tar Sands Free Midwest; Natalie Long, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Penni Livingston, Attorney; Tyler Rotche, Prairie Rivers Network; and more.

Weekend Highlights:

  • Friday evening, will feature a “Friendship Dance” with the Vinyard Indian Settlement. Afterward, sit around the campfire with old and new friends.
  • Warm soups, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, and local music will be waiting your arrival for the weekend Summit.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner theater frame Saturday’s calendar featuring a keynote speaker, guest speakers, panel discussions, and workshops, ending the night with a silent and live auction and some of the best live music Southern Illinois has to offer.
  • Sunday begins with breakfast and another keynote speaker, followed by a tour of Rocky Branch ending at High Knob, sacred ground of the Shawnee. A picnic lunch will be provided.


Registration includes food, spirits and music. Just click here to register and select the appropriate PayPal button for the day(s) you intend to come, then follow the PayPal directions. http://shawneehollers.wordpress.com/events.

Full Weekend Workshop, Nov. 14-16:  $60
Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 15 & 16:           $40
Saturday only, Nov. 15:                         $30
Student discount price:                         $20

Separately purchased lodging s available onsite at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  Cabins are available a few miles south at Giant City Lodge; camping, at Giant City State Park or Little Grassy; B&B’s and cabins, along the nearby Shawnee Wine Trail; and other chain motels are about 5 miles north in Carbondale.


14 November, 2014
16 November, 2014
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Touch of Nature Environmental Center
1206 Touch of Nature Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 United States
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