Salon: Pennie Opal Plant on Indigenous and Frontline Communities Leading the Way for Action and Healing
Pennie Opal Plant is of Yaqui, Mexican, Choctaw, Cherokee and European heritage, and has been an activist for over 30 years working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights issues. She is a founding member of Idle No More SF Bay, Movement Rights, and the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance, and one of the authors and signers of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015. She has worked ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community.
Join us for an inspiring and action-oriented salon. Indigenous people are on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction and on climate action. Too often solutions replicate colonialist practices instead of centering on indigenous rights and Mother Earth.
We’ll begin with ceremony to acknowledge the indigenous land we occupy and honor our ancestors and future generations. Then Pennie will share about the various movements in which she is involved and how we too can get involved, including:
Refinery Healing Walks and invitation to walk in May, June or July
Keep it In the Ground: Keeping fossil fuels in the ground and a just transition
Rights of Mother Earth
COP21: Demands of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Next Steps
Just solutions and practices for restoring a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to climate activism that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.
Jeremy Lent, Liology Institute
Jeremy is the author of the Patterns of Meaning blog and the novel Requiem of the Human Soul, and the forthcoming The Patterning Instinct: A History of Humanity's Search for Meaning. He founded the Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that will enable humanity to thrive sustainably on this planet.