Webinar: Environmental Racism – A Story of Colonization and Ecocide
Join us on January 26th 4pm PST for a webinar, Environmental Racism: A Story of Colonization and Ecocide, in collaboration with Stop Ecocide Canada. The purpose of the webinar is to raise awareness on using international law, and specifically a crime of ecocide, to uphold Indigenous rights and environmental protection.
In this third discussion, we will hear stories from the frontlines, centered on environmental racism, the ongoing impacts of colonisation and how it connects with ecocide, the mass destruction of nature. We will be meeting with Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations and a strong advocate opposed to Site C dam, Chrissy Issacs of Grassy Narrows First Nation and long-time activist of mercury justice, and Tamara Lorincz of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. The webinar will be moderated by Suzanne Dhaliwal, climate justice creative, campaigner, researcher, lecturer in environmental justice and trainer in creative strategies for decolonisation.
Harmful industrial practices have contributed to decades of long-term environmental damage, the impacts of which can be seen daily around the globe. Stop Ecocide International aims to make ecocide an international crime, and according to their website this would make “individuals who are responsible for acts or decisions that lead to severe environmental harm liable to criminal prosecution.” This means holding industry and corporations accountable for environmental destruction including ocean damage, air pollution, deforestation, and land and water contamination.
We are at a point in a global climate crisis that cannot be undone by household recycling and green cleaning supplies. Indigenous leaders and climate activists around the world are leading the movement to stop corporations and other entities that engage in ecocide.
Right now West Moberly First Nations are standing up to the Site C Dam on their territory and Grassy Narrows is dealing with mercury contamination of their land and water. Both are examples of ecocide that have deep and long term environmental consequences. Join us next Wednesday to learn more from leaders on the frontlines.