Temple of Understanding celebrating our 61st Anniversary in 2021
ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL interview series and speaker series are ongoing programs produced by the Temple of Understanding, incorporating our outreach in the area of environmental awareness and advocacy. We present a diverse range of perspectives, from scientific to spiritual views, on the climate emergency and offer a variety of solutions that we can all do easily and effectively in our everyday lives.World religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists and social scientists, environmental activists, artists, musicians and writers, youth and elders, local and global people, all come together to address the urgency of the climate crisis through this ongoing interview series and speaker series.
Registration Please choose a ticket price that best suits your financial situation, your budget, and your engagement with environmental justice. Tickets $5 to $500
Register for the event and join us each month for an informative talk and lively discussion. Each month we invite a speaker or small panel to go deeper on the issues of environmental justice.
Registered participants are able to engage with our speakers by asking questions relevant to the discussion topic.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women was held virtually in 2021. The Temple of Understanding sponsored this event which centers on the voices and experiences of Native American women.
Native American women are confronting historical and contemporary violence. Addressing the toxic legacy of colonialism, fighting for eco-justice, and speaking out about health inequalities including violence are all inter-related. Speakers will discuss the impacts of violence on their lives and their activism, whether it is historic violence, violence against the Earth, or the high rates of violence and murder suffered by Native women, in the context of a widespread epidemic of femicide, sexual violence, and online violence against women. Leading youth speakers include Samantha Maltais and Kisha James. Outcomes focus on action supporting Indigenous-led initiatives.
Samantha Maltais, Aquinnah Wampanoag (#MayflowersKill Campaign Co-lead at Survival International)
Kisha James, Aquinnah Wampanoag and Lakota (National Day of Mourning Youth Organizer)
Chief Clarissa Sabattis, RN, Tribal Chief at Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Houlton, Maine
Jamie Bissonette Lewey, Director, nkawadzowôgan: A Center for Healing and Transformation, Maine
Co- sponsors include:
Servicios Ecumenicos para Reconciliacion y Reconstruccion – SERR
This event took place online on Thursday March 18th, 2021
"Regeneration, for me, is recognizing that we live by the laws of Mother Nature. We live by her generosity…Regeneration is food democracy for the soil organisms, food democracy for biodiversity, food democracy so that no one goes hungry, food democracy so that food doesn't become the biggest reason for climate disaster, and pandemic."
World-renowned activist, scientist, influential author and food sovereignty advocate, Dr. Vandana Shiva, calls on citizens worldwide to protect ourselves and our planet. Shiva speaks with urgency about the social and ecological brink of extinction and the desperate need to deepen our democracies, reclaim our commons and regenerate the Earth.
Vandana Shiva who trained as a quantum physicist, now addresses the intersection of science, environmental policy and social justice in her work and books. Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources. She is recipient of the Right Livelihood Award for her work in placing women and ecology at the center of international development. Authoring more than 300 papers in leading scientific journals, and more than 20 books, Shiva is a powerful voice on ecological biodiversity and social justice.
Your support will impact the lives of others through low or no fee education programs, focused advocacy efforts, and the development of international Interfaith events that educate the mind, touch the heart and instigate change.