Celebrating Earth Day in 2017
In the midst of a world that seems to be violating all things we hold sacred, we turn to our Bioneers for hope and inspiration. Today we lift the voices of those who’ve been stifled within our current system, celebrating the resilience and survival of our Earth and those who honor her.
Winona LaDuke, the renowned indigenous rights leader and two-time Green Party U.S. Vice Presidential candidate highlights the struggles of indigenous peoples to protect their food sovereignty, restore their food systems and protect their cultures and foods from genetic modification.
It is possible to have a worldview that is not related to empire, and that’s very important for where we need to be going.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of David Suzuki, graduated from Yale with a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology, and is on track to outpace her father as an activist. She founded a children’s environmental group at age 9, addressed the Rio Summit at age 12, and hasn’t stopped since, starting several groups and project and becoming a dynamic, luminous light in a new generation of eco-leaders. In this talk Severn discusses our responsibilities toward future generation; how to heal our disconnection from nature and each other; and how to draw from the best of ancient traditions and modern innovation to build a sustainable future.
Each of us has the power to inspire and influence.
Adrianna Quintero, a Senior Attorney at the NRDC and founder/Executive Director of Voces Verdes, says that if we want to have any chance of succeeding in securing a healthy future and a livable planet, it’s time to re-imagine the environmentalist. All of us have a connection to nature, and we need to embrace a new vision that reflects the realities of our time and the growing diversity in our country. As the U.S. moves toward being a minority majority nation and the Latino population asserts its very high commitment to environmental concerns, more and more of us need to feel welcomed and a part of the movement – even if we’ve never been on a hike.
We need diversity to thrive: in our movement, our nature, our thoughts, our voices. We need to welcome those in and find our connectedness – there are so many common threads.
The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an “issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.
Our challenge is less to save the earth from ourselves, and more to save ourselves from an earth that if pushed too far has ample power to rock, burn, and shake us off completely.
Erica Fernandez, a remarkable eighteen-year-old environmental justice activist and Brower Youth Award winner, helped mobilize her diverse community in Oxnard, California to defeat the placement of a liquefied natural gas facility just offshore.
Let our voices rise for a better world.
How are you celebrating Earth Day? We’re following you, Bioneers.
— Dekila Chungyalpa (@dchungyalpa) March 25, 2017
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— Green For All (@GreenForAll) April 11, 2017
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— ACE (@acespace) April 6, 2017
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