CSU Monterey Bay hosted an evening with activist and writer Winona LaDuke on the topic Environmental Justice from an Indigenous Perspective. LaDuke is a member of the Mississippi Band Anishanaabekwe who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations in Northern Minnesota and the executive director of Honor the Earth, a native-lead organization concerned with the environmental movement. A forerunner in speaking out for environmental action, social justice and indigenous rights, her sixth book, The Militarization of Indian Country, released last April, addresses issues such as affronts taken when Osama Bin Laden was revealed as target “Geronimo”, and the United States’ uranium mining in the Grand Canyon in the wake of possible nuclear contamination in Japan. Her talk focused on American Indian economic and environmental concerns.
Tom Philpott is the Food and Ag blogger for Mother Jones, and the former editor of the online environmental news site Grist. He spoke at the closing plenary of the 2012 EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar Conference Center. Listen to his compelling treatment of America’s regulatory regimes and biotech agribusiness companies versus organic and sustainable agriculture. He also discusses the plight of farm workers and alternatives to current institutionalized oppression many experience.
Hear additional talks on the EcoFarm Conference website, along with their annual programming.