Peter Berg (bioregionalist)
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.
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.
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."
After suffering from lung cancer, he died from pneumonia in 2011.
- 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)
- Anderson, Clifton (2009). Saving the Environment: Five Creative Approaches. Futurist, 43 (2): 48-51. ISSN 0016-3317
- 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.
- Ewert, Sara Dant (2002). Bioregional Politics: The Case for Place. Oregon Historical Quarterly, 103 (4): 439-451. (subscription required)
- Hurwitt, Robert (August 14, 2011). Peter Berg, activist and Diggers co-founder, dies. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
- Alexander, D. (1996). Bioregionalism: The Need for a Firmer Theoretical Foundation. Trumpeter. 13 (3). ISSN 0832-6193
- Carr, M. (2005). Bioregionalism and Civil Society: Democratic Challenges to Corporate Globalism. University of British Columbia Press. ISBN 0774809450.
- Downton, Paul F. (2009). Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 140208496X.
- Lockyer, J.; James R. Veteto (2013). Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. Berghahn Books. ISBN 0857458809.
- Woo, E. (August 21, 2011). Peter Berg dies at 73; advocate for bioregionalism. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 9, 2014.