Rainforest Action Network invites you to virtually REVEL Around the World
September 17, 2020
8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
Join us for a virtual celebration!
This year, we would like to invite you to REVEL Around the World: A Global Look at the Connections between Forests and Climate. RAN is gathering together with our partners and friends from around the world for a virtual event to share stories of the direct impacts of forest destruction, and how you can get involved with holding the worst forest destroyers accountable from home.
Not long from now, 2020 will become synonymous with COVID-19, whose wildfire-like spread has swept communities from New York to Indonesia. The connections between this pandemic and the destruction of our planet are too great to ignore. And our work is more urgent than ever, as we continue to focus on protecting what’s left of our Earth’s forests, the critical element of any real solution to the interconnected crises facing nature, our climate, Indigenous Peoples on the forest frontlines, and society as a whole.
Tune in with family and friends, from wherever you may be, to REVEL Around the World. By coming together, our Network can make a difference for people and planet!
Tara is Couchiching First Nation, born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota. She is an attorney, the founder of the Giniw Collective and the former campaign director of Honor the Earth as well as co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit that educates the public about the harms of stereotyping and promotes positive representation of Native Americans.
She is the former adviser on Native American Affairs to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. She was on the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota, is on the frontlines in Minnesota against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline and has played a lead role in convincing major banks to divest from pipeline ventures.
Farwiza is the chairperson of Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh Foundation (Yayasan HAkA), a grassroots organisation based in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia that focuses on the conservation, protection and restoration of the Leuser Ecosystem. She mainly works on the policy and advocacy aspects, seeking to increase meaningful access and involvement of the local community in the development of policy pertaining to their environment and livelihood.
In addition to passionately working to tackle the herculean task of creating permanent conservation status for the Leuser Ecosystem, Farwiza is also mad enough to enrol in a PhD program in the Faculty of Anthropology and Development studies in Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research seeks to bring light on the political economy of natural resource management in Aceh, Indonesia, with particular spotlight on (of course) the Leuser Ecosystem. A place so close to her heart.
Ginger Cassady is the Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. She has over 20 years of experience securing transformational change with some of the world’s largest corporations and financiers through global campaigns and litigation to protect the environment and uphold human rights. She has spent her career working at the intersection of ecological and social justice issues, with a strong track record of combining strategic thinking and grassroots organizing with effective organizational management and fundraising to achieve high impact results. Prior to being named Executive Director, Ginger led program work at RAN for ten years and has been a driving force behind some of RAN’s biggest victories: from the largest legal victory against an oil company in history when Chevron was found liable for polluting the Amazon, to convincing some of the world’s largest financiers, commodity traders, and consumer goods companies to change their policies and practices and stop driving deforestation.
Nemonte Nenquimo is an Indigenous Waorani woman committed to defending her ancestral territory, culture, and way of life in the Amazon rainforest. Raised in the traditional community of Nemonpare in the Pastaza region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Nenquimo co-founded the Indigenous-led nonprofit organization Ceibo Alliance in 2015 to protect Indigenous lands and livelihoods from resource extraction within their territories. In 2018, she was elected the first female president of CONCONAWEP, the Waorani organization of Pastaza province. Nemonte led her people in an historic legal victory against the Ecuadorian government, which protected half-a-million acres of primary rainforest in the Amazon and set a precedent for Indigenous rights across the region. Today, Nemonte is fighting for the survival of her people amid the dual threats of COVID-19 and the ongoing ecological crisis in the Amazon.
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Rupa is also the composer and front-woman for Rupa and the April Fishes, a polyglot band who has traveled to over 29 countries sharing musical soundscapes of building an alternative world that is beautiful, inspiring, deep and empowering. She attributes her holistic view of health and wellness as the direct outcome of playing music professionally for over 20 years. Rupa is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Hospital Medicine with a focus on Social Medicine. She is a co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, a group of healthcare workers committed to changing social structures that make health impossible for different groups of people. Through her work with the coalition, she has worked on the health impacts of police violence specifically and the health legacies of colonialism globally.
Currently Rupa is writing a book with agro economist Raj Patel called Inflamed: A Call for Deep Medicine, which makes the case for a global culture of care by examining ecological collapse, the rise of fascism, and inflammation.
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