13th August 2021

Greetings friends,
As fires blaze across Southern Europe, causing mass evacuations and devastating scales of destruction, coupled with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report - released this week - I find myself more thirsty than ever for stories of hope and alternatives to counter current climatic and ecological trajectories. Cue our August GEN In Conversation Colonial conservation and uneven development: The struggle for radical transformation and alternatives. I invite you all to join us for what promises to be an event filled with stories of resilience and resistance from our four fantastic speakers and their lived experiences.
As always, we welcome new collaborations and partnerships, and I am delighted to share the launch of our Global Environments Op-Ed: an open invitation to share your opinions and reflections on the current planetary crisis and its solutions with the network and our broader community. Full details below. 
Very best wishes, 
Nessie Reid, GEN Director
GEN Stories
Upcoming event: Colonial conservation and uneven development: The struggle for radical transformation and alternatives
25 August 2021, 1pm UK / 3pm Kenya / 5.30pm India time
Join Kendi Borona, Milka Chepkorir, Suzanne Dhaliwal and Ashish Kothari in conversation as they share their first-hand experiences of the ways Indigenous Knowledge and community-led education can revitalise our human connection to land and build resilient, thriving societies. Together, we will explore economic development and political governance in the context of indigenous land rights, whilst challenging the notion of ‘development’. What tangible examples offer robust antidotes to neocolonial conservation, extractivist models and so-called nature-based solutions? What are the radical alternatives and what radical imaginings can we invite to sustain our earth? How can we use creative strategies through art and activism to amplify these messages? We will consider the practices and rituals - both old and new - on an individual and community level that can revitalise our connection to land, spirit and community.
Nurturing community health sovereignty and connecting herbal initiatives in Europe

Recognising the importance of community-based herbalism and of democratizing access to herbal medicine and remedies, GEN Advisor Emily Caruso is collaborating with Nikki Darrell of The Plant Medicine School to develop the Herbal Health Initiatives 2022. This Community Exchange will offer a space for mutual learning, sharing of experiences and networking among (trainee and veteran) herbalists and community organisers, with the aim of supporting and growing the European regional movement for community-based health empowerment. If you'd like to learn more about this initiative, write to emily@globalenvironments.org.
Photo: Little beings on Wild Angelica flower in the meadow, The Plant Medicine School
GEN's first toolkit retreat explores working with grief to weave resilience
In June, 20 of us gathered from across the UK and Ireland for a 6-day Weaving Grief, the Body & Transformative Justice residential GEN retreat. During the event, a culmination of a year of research on a toolkit for grief, facilitators Camille Barton and Farzana Khan shared their learnings on how embodied grief practices can support environmental advocacy and transformative justice, drawing inspiration from Malidoma and Sobonfu Some, Francis Wellner and Martin Prechtel. Through art therapy interventions, participants creatively unearthed how grief work can be explored in their individual, as well as collective contexts. Building from this experience, we will be publishing an open-source toolkit with tried and tested tools designed to weave grief, the body and transformative justice together. Watch this space!
Photo: Participants and facilitators at the retreat, held in June 2021, by Samirah Siddiqui
Updates from the Network
Indigenous Mexicans use Participatory Video as a powerful tool to protect nature, culture, dignity, and human rights

"Video has the power to confront issues affecting what matters most to Indigenous Peoples: territory—a simple word that embraces culture, nature, history, dignity, land, food, dreams, landscapes, mindsets. It’s home, often sacred and venerated", says Thor Morales, a self-taught storyteller who has collaborated with Yaqui and Seri peoples of Mexico for over a decade. In Pintando La Raya: Indigenous Resistance and Biocultural Conservation through Participatory Video, Thor describes the journey that led to Pintando La Raya, an initiative that encourages the use of participatory video to strengthen cultural identity.
Photo: Eusebia Flores (left) and Romelia Barnett (right) practice filming during the early stages of the Participatory Video (PV) adventure, by Thor Morales, 2012
Protect indigenous peoples and their rights to their lands!
In late June, Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) expressed their support for Indigenous Peoples of Brazil by sharing a statement by the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA) that strongly condemns proposed Bill PL 490. This law represents an existential threat against the territorial rights of Indigenous Peoples, and is a clear violation of both the Brazilian Constitution and standards of international human rights law.
Read UNPRECEDENTED: APIB denounces Bolsonaro before the ICC, in Haya, for indigenous genocide: “For the first time in history, indigenous peoples are turning directly to the court in The Hague, with their own lawyers, to defend their rights”, and join the conversation on Twitter: #PL490NÃO
Resources and Opportunities
Job Opportunities:
Finance and Administration Manager, Global  Diversity Foundation
Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) is a non-profit that nurtures and supports changemakers operating at all scales, and working across boundaries and differences to find durable solutions to complex challenges. With over twenty years of experience in implementing long-term programmes that empower communities and regenerate biocultural diversity, GDF provides changemakers with the personalised, hands-on support and diverse networks they need to create flourishing communities and environments around the world. The Finance and Administration Manager - UK based will oversee the finances, HR management and administration of our flourishing organisation.
Indigenous News Reporter, Mongabay
Recognising that life experiences and perspectives are critical to report effectively on issues related to Indigenous peoples and communities, Mongabay is seeking candidates who identify as Indigenous or have extensive experience living and working in Indigenous communities. The Indigenous News Reporter will help expand Mongabay’s news coverage of Indigenous-led conservation projects and other environmental issues that affect or are relevant to Indigenous communities and cultures in both international and local contexts.
Calling filmmakers and activists: Shattered Justice, Shattered Lives: Counternarrating the War on Terror through Muslim Eyes

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the US government, under the guise of the War on Terror, designed and implemented many laws and policies targeting the Muslim community both domestically and abroad. Modeling the targeting of Muslims by the US government, gave society the license to target this community as well. The latter has resulted in hate crimes and a range of other consequences… In order to paint a picture of the different experiences Muslims have had since the 9/11 attacks, Justice for Muslims Collective is seeking shorts directed, scripted, and/or filmed by Muslim-identified folks (whatever that means to you!) that reflect on the effects of the War on Terror two decades after the towers' collapse. (Late deadline: 1 September)
This documentary film “explores how fracking and climate change violate human rights. According to the findings of an international human rights tribunal, the violations include the right to health, the right to clean water, the rights of indigenous people, and the right to information and participation.”
Sustainable business practices: the example of Kocoatrait
“Kocoatrait was conceived with an aim to enable aspiring Indian citizens to adopt a zero waste lifestyle and follow minimalist living... We focus on adopting and implementing sustainable practises starting from the cocoa farm through to production, packaging and distribution of cocoa and our chocolates... We sleep well at night being assured that we have cut no tree in our pursuit of offering fine flavoured Indian single origin beans to bar chocolates to planet conscious consumers like you.” (source: Kocoatrait website).
Open online course on feminist advocacy and intergenerational activism
The Feminist Action Lab, coordinated by Restless Development, explores seven themes: Feminist Movements, Gender Based Violence, Economic Justice, Bodily Autonomy & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Feminist Climate Justice, Feminist Technology, and Advocacy and Action.
Illustration by by Sonaksha Iyengar
Inspiration Corner
Four Indigenous leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice”. The Condor & The Eagle documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy.
The Race to Save The World follows the passion and unwavering commitment of people who aren't putting their heads in the sand, or waiting for someone else to do something: they’re in the trenches fighting climate change.
The Global Environments Network (GEN) supports a network of people dedicated to social and ecological justice, healing and planetary wellbeing. GEN is part of the Global Diversity Foundation.

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