Indigenous Peoples environmental activists have long responded with an alternative framing of the central issues in climate change-issues of justice, human rights and equity. This talk explores the origin of this alternative framing of climate change. Particular emphasis is placed in exploring indigenous peoples’ concerns about the potential loss of land rights and self-determination that could result from “Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” (REDD) projects and what safe guards are needed to mitigate the impact of REDD polices on the basic rights of forest-dependent peoples. In the second part of the lecture Yvonne Yen Liu discusses The Applied Research Center’s recent survey of the food system, to map out the race, gender and class of workers along the supply chain. People of color typically make less than whites working in the food chain. This wage gap plays out in all four sectors of the food system, with largest income divides occurring in the food processing and distribution sectors.


Liu, Yvonne Yen

Doolittle, Amity

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