Peter Berg (bioregionalist)

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Peter Stephen Berg (October 1, 1937 – July 28, 2011) was an environmental writer, best known as an advocate of the concept of bioregionalism. In the early 1960s, he was a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Diggers. He is the founder of the Planet Drum Foundation.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Berg was raised in Florida where he first became interested in the environment as a child. He later studied psychology at the University of Florida and enlisted in the army. After his discharge, he moved back to New York.[2]


Peter Berg defined the concept of bioregionalism as "a geographic area defined by natural characteristics, including watersheds, landforms, soils, geological qualities, native plants and animals, climate, and weather...[which] includes human beings as a species in the interplay of these natural characteristics."[3]


After suffering from lung cancer, he died from pneumonia in 2011.[4]

Selected work[edit]

  • Envisioning Sustainability, Discovering Your Life-Place: A First Bioregional Workbook (2009)
  • A Green City Program for the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond, Planet Drum Foundation/Bookpeople, ISBN 0914728717 (1987)
  • Figures of Regulation: Guides for Re-Balancing Society with the Biosphere (1982)
  • Reinhabiting a Separate Country: A Bioregional Anthology of Northern California (1978)


  1. ^ Anderson, Clifton (2009). Saving the Environment: Five Creative Approaches. Futurist, 43 (2): 48-51. ISSN 0016-3317
  2. ^ Glotfelty, C. (2014). Peter Berg: Living a Making. In C. Glotfelty & E. Quesnel (Eds.), The Biosphere and the Bioregion: Essential Writings of Peter Berg (pp. 228-247). Routledge. ISBN 1134504098.
  3. ^ Ewert, Sara Dant (2002). Bioregional Politics: The Case for Place. Oregon Historical Quarterly, 103 (4): 439-451. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (August 14, 2011). Peter Berg, activist and Diggers co-founder, dies. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 9, 2014.

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