[PAST EVENT] Sustainability Symposium Event 1: Understanding our Interconnectedness with Céline Cousteau 

April 20, 2021
3pm - 4:30pm
Zoom webinar
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A photo of  the Brazilian Amazon
A photo of the Brazilian Amazon

People and the planet are entwined in a way that is significant both globally and locally to create a more sustainable world for all. Highlighting the voices of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, the W&M Sustainability Symposium will explore the interconnectedness of societies and ecosystems, arts and action, and individuals and impact. From a global perspective to our front door, the Symposium will include two keynote speakers who will help us explore our interconnectedness.

April 20: Understanding our Interconnectedness: A Discussion with Céline Cousteau on Why Protecting the Rights of the Indigenous Communities of the Vale do Javari in Brazil is Essential to Our Survival  

Radical change starts with understanding our connection to the environment and to the global community. Join us for a discussion with Céline Cousteau, a humanitarian, environmentalist, filmmaker, and artist, about her work to raise awareness about the link between the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the environment, and our own survival. Documented in her newly released Tribes on the Edge film, Céline will discuss her collaboration with Beto of the Marúbo tribe to share the story of the Indigenous communities of the Vale do Javari region of the Brazilian Amazon, who are fighting for their survival and rights as guardians of a globally important ecosystem. Céline will share how she is using storytelling to document how health crises, human rights issues, and environmental degradation in the Brazilian Amazon are not only threatening the survival of Indigenous communities, but also the protection of the irreplaceable ecosystems that ensure our planet's resilience to climate change. Through an intimate exploration of our interconnectedness and the power of our day-to-day actions, Céline will invite us to join a movement led by her non-profit, The Javari Project, to fight for the protection of people and the ecosystems they safeguard for the benefit of all.   

April 21: A Closer Look with Winona LaDuke

Please visit the Sustainability Symposium webpage or visit the W&M event page to register.

We would like to thank our partners and sponsors: W&M Sustainability, the American Indian Resource Center, Environmental Science & Policy Program,  and the Student Assembly!