Women of Mother Earth

By Suzanne Ludekens

The month-long conference Ser Mujer (Being Woman), hosted by the Center for Global Justice and La Biblioteca, continues with a series of discussions, screenings, and events on the theme of women and Mother Earth.

Ser Mujer, a Month of Events Celebrating Women
Hosted by the Center for Global Justice and La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
Tues, Mar 17, 1pm, discussion/videos from Bioneers on saving the planet, Teatro Santa Ana, Reloj 50A
Wed, Mar 18, 11am, Women of the Improv People and panel by Georgeann Johnson, Jennifer Ungemach, and Rosanna Álvarez-Jones, Sala Quetzal, Reloj 50A
Thu, Mar 19, 1pm, film/discussion, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Teatro Santa Ana
Videos and talks 75 pesos, Reloj 50A
Fri, March 20, 10am, Campo trip to Augustín González,
500 pesos

March 17: Videos of two keynote speeches at the Bioneers 2014 conference followed by a discussion will certainly spread good ideas organically! Acclaimed biologist, consultant, and author Janine Benyus demonstrates how biomimicry innovation seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. Author, conservationist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams explores the insecure landscape of democracy in the US. Tempest Williams notes that changes require respectful listening to be equitable and generous in offering our attention, not our opinions. Women from the Lavender Project will also be present to show the variety of lavender products made locally.

March 18: Women of the Improv People followed by a panel discussion explore earth issues in a local context. Panelists activist Georgeann Johnson, Via Orgánica co-founder Rosanna Alvarez-Jones, and green consultant Jennifer Ungemach plant the seeds of thought on topics that include the rights of nature, organic gardening, seed saving, and climate change.

March 19: This screening of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, followed by a discussion, is a somber reminder of the dire consequences of humanity’s impact on nature’s intricate balance. From her unabashed love of nature Carson shows how DDT and other pesticides have irrevocably harmed birds and animals and have contaminated the entire world food supply. Fifty-two years later, the message of this famous film continues to haunt us as we discover just how widely the silencing of nature’s voice has been.

March 20: Campo trip will go to Augustín González. A visit to this rural community is to see the power of women working together towards a shared vision and the manifestation of female empowerment. Through the relationship with the Rug Hook Project, many women in this small village supplement their modest farming income by creating hand crafted textiles. During the tour, visitors are treated to delicious campesino fare; tasty regional recipes are accompanied by handmade tortillas. The trip departs at 10am and includes transportation, lunch, and the tour of women’s cooperatives, including Las Rancheritas. Cost is 500 pesos. Do bring extra money to purchase the innovative and beautiful artesanias these women create!


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