Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch present: Billionaire or Community Solutions to Climate Chaos?
On February 16, one of the richest men on earth, Bill Gates, released his vision of climate solutions in his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”. Climate change is one of the crises used by Gates and his Foundation to justify urgent, technocratic “solutions” for altering food systems around the world.
In response, we aim to amplify the work of social movements organizing in Seattle and around the world for Climate Justice. To counter top-down, billionaire expertise as the means of solving our world’s most pressing issues, our panelists will present an alternative approach centered on Food Sovereignty, with communities leading the way to a climate just future.
Million has been working for over two decades on intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, the rights of local communities to seed and food sovereignty and forest issues. Million is a founder and former director of MELCA – Ethiopia, an indigenous NGO working on issues of agroecology, intergenerational learning, advocacy and livelihood improvement of indigenous peoples. His main interest is now advocacy on food sovereignty, learning among generations, knowledge dialogues and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilization of memory for resilience. He has a PhD in environmental learning, an MSc in tourism and conservation, and a BSc in Biology, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
Jill is a queer Filipino-American community organizer, born and raised in Seattle. They became the Executive Director of Got Green in 2014 after a 2-year leadership transition. Got Green builds community power by waging visionary campaigns at the intersection of racial, economic, gender and climate justice that incite community participation (via robust base-building), provides a pipeline of leadership development for directly impacted communities, and engages in direct action. Got Green’s three grassroots committees — Food Access, Young Leaders, and Climate Justice — are their primary vehicles of building power and creating change.
Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America Director of ETC Group
Silvia Ribeiro is the Latin America Director for ETC Group, which monitors the impact of emerging technologies and corporate strategies on biodiversity, agriculture and human rights. She is based in Mexico. She has a background as a journalist and environmental campaigner in Uruguay, Brazil and Sweden. She has extensive experience in social and environmental advocacy. As a civil society representative, she has attended and followed the negotiations of several of United Nations environmental treaties. She has also been an invited speaker at many civil society events around the world speaking on transgenic and other new technologies, corporate concentration, intellectual property, indigenous and farmers’ rights. Silvia has also produced a number of articles related to these issues, that have been published in Latin American, European and North American magazines and papers, as well as chapters in several books. She is a member of the editorial committee of the Latin American magazine “Biodiversidad, sustento y culturas”, published by Alianza Biodiversidad: Grain, ETC Group (México), Acción Ecológica (Ecuador), Campaña Semillas (Colombia), La Vía Campesina, Campaña de la semilla (Chile), Centro Ecológico (Brazil), Sobrevivencia (Paraguay), Acción por la Biodiversidad (Argentina), Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad (Costa Rica). Silvia is co-author of The Sugar Daddy of Geoengineering: Bill Gates’ fossil fuel interests and funding for global climate engineering.
(Dine’ and Dakota) Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tom is a policy adviser to indigenous communities on environmental protection and more recently on climate policy focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions. IEN’s Executive Director Tom B.K. Goldtooth Awarded Gandhi Peace Award.