Environmental, Economic, and Climate Justice
"Shattering Illusions: Race in America" featuring Rita D. Sherma | A Special Address on United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed, globally, every year on March 21st. This date is the anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre, the day police shot and killed 69 people at a nonviolent demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in South Africa, in 1960. In 1979, the General Assembly proclaimed a week of solidarity globally, with peoples who are struggling against racism and racial discrimination, would be organized annually across the world beginning on March 21st of every year. Professor Rita Sherma has participated in events that observe this day and the week that follows, and this is from her talk on March 21st, 2021, and engages some of the factors involved in America’s present crisis in relationship with the aims of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Imagining Planetary Vitality & The Arc of Justice | Visions for a Viable Future Conference II
Plenary Session A, Imagining Planetary Vitality, focuses on alternatives to the current grand narrative(s) that solidify and sustain the global structures of commerce and culture that encourage climate denial and move us closer to catastrophic change. Beyond utility and dominion, what are the alternative stories of/about the Earth? What are the embedded/embodied languages that allow the ecosphere to speak to us, and that can lead to a realignment of human relationships with the more-than-human world? Presenters include: Rita D. Sherma (Center for Dharma Studies, GTU); Whitney Bauman (Florida International University); Devin P. Zuber (Center for Swedenborgian Studies, GTU); and Bron Taylor (University of Florida).
Plenary Session B, The Arc of Justice, is predicated on the conviction that social, economic, restorative, and environmental justice cannot and should not be divorced from the revitalization and reclamation of terrain for preservation and conservation. Human ecology and the protection and renewal of ecosystems can and need to work in tandem to avoid the injustices associated with the history of the conservation movement. Climate justice must be integrative justice. Presenters include: Valerie Miles-Tribble (Berkeley School of Theology, GTU); John Grim (Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University); and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Pacific Lutheran School of Theology and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, GTU).
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