Making Peace With the Earth 2018 Resource Guide | Omega

Looking to go deeper? Here's a helpful list of resources and links to learn more about the work and recommendations of the inspiring presenters from the 2018 Making Peace With the Earth conference.

Vandana Shiva

Website: Vandana Shiva
Twitter: @drvandanashiva
Facebook: @Vandana Shiva
Writings:
1. Making Peace With the Earth
2. Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology 
3. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, And Profit
4. Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace
5. Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
6. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
7. Discover more at Vandana Shiva Book Page or Amazon Author Page
@ eOmega.org: Articles & Videos
Conference Quotes: "Every time the oppression from the top gets worse, you create freedom from the base." "The duty to care goes hand in hand with the duty not to obey laws that make it illegal to care." "Rights and freedoms are not a cake to divide." "If we create the conditions for peace in the earth, we create the conditions for peace in humanity."

Michael Yellow Bird

Website: Michael Yellow Bird
Facebook: @Michael YellowBird
Writings: 
1. For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook
2. Discover more at Amazon Author Page
Conference Quotes: "In order to see hope, in order to see change, in order to see transformation, we have to have that ability to look within things that give us hope and change. For indigenous people, many of those things have been taken away—our lands, our rights, our symbols, our monuments. It’s no surprise the settler cultures are doing well. You have all your monuments. You have the land you’ve taken. But indigenous people are not doing so well because those things have been removed from them."

Lauren TwoBraids Howland

Websites: Seeding SovereigntyInternational Indigenous Youth Council
Twitter: @SeedSovereignty
Facebook: @Lauren Howland
@ eOmega.org: Articles & Videos
Conference Quotes: "It is not my job as an indigenous person to educate you about indigenous issues. Recognize whose territory you are on. Recognize the people that came before. Recognize where you are, where you are standing, and incorporate us into your functions." 

Eryn Wise

Websites: Seeding SovereigntyInternational Indigenous Youth Council
Twitter: @erynwisegamgee
Facebook: @Eryn Wise
Conference Quotes: "Society today thinks that young people are this shell that they can just fill with what they think are viable solutions for their problems—what they think we should be, how they think we should be gendered, what power we should have, and what voice we should be giving ourselves. But I think society is often quick to forget that we aren’t just a seed or a shell to be filled. We are the roots that grow straight down into the earth." 

Ken Greene

Websites: Hudson Valley Seed Company, SeedShed
Twitter: @SeedLibrary
Facebook: @Ken Greene
Conference Quotes: "You learn from the seeds and you see how seeds are connected to everything. And thinking about the brutal mechanisms of colonization and the challenges of decolonization, you learn that seeds embody the horrors and trauma of what we have been talking about—and they embody the hope and potential for change."

Rowen White

Websites: Sierra SeedsIndigenous SeedKeepers Network
Twitter: @rowenwhite_seed
Facebook: @Rowen White
Conference Quotes: "It’s this seed corn that I proudly hold in my hand, as a farmer and seed keeper, that I might give something to my children, my daughter and my son, that they might know the foods and seeds of their ancestors and they might begin to know in their every cell that they belong to the earth and that these plants and seeds are their relatives."

Leah Penniman

Website: Soul Fire Farm
Twitter: @soulfirefarm
Facebook: @Soul Fire Farm, @Leah Penniman
Writings: 
1. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
2. Discover more at Soul Fire Farm Publications Page
@ eOmega.org: Articles & Videos
Conference Quotes: "Our ancestors didn’t give up on us. They believed against all odds in a future sowing and reaping on soil. And if they didn’t give up on us, we are not going to give up on their descendants."
Leah Penniman's Recommended Reading:
1. Homecoming, The Story of African American Farmers by Charlene Gilbert and Quinn Eli
2. In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the New World by Judith Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff 
3. The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming by Natasha Bowens
4. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
5. The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security by Eric Toensmeier
6. Full bibliography with links to articles, studies, and other sources.

Karen Washington

Websites: Rise and Root Farm, Just Food, Black Urban Growers
Twitter: @karwasher
Facebook: @Karen Young-Washington
Conference Quotes: "The millions and millions of dollars of the economy of the new Americas was built on the backs of enslaved people, not based on brawn and strength, but based on the knowledge and power they had."
Karen Washington's Recommended Reading:
1. Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas by Judith A. Carney

Raul Carreon

Website: Hudson Valley Farm Hub
Facebook: @Raul Carreon, @Hudson Valley Farm Hub
Conference Quotes: "Seeds are an expression of who we are. They are an expression of our culture and where we come from. Every culture has its traditions, as well as its own seeds. And we have to cherish these seeds and these traditions in order to protect our own culture."

Ali SmithAtman Smith & Andres Gonzalez

Website: Holistic Life Foundation
Twitter: @HLFINC
Facebook: @HolisticLifeFoundation
@ eOmega.org: Articles & Videos
Conference Quotes: "That is something we need to do: Educate these kids and let them know that we are interconnected. That interconnection is missing—that our planet is not going to be healthy if we are not healthy. And we can’t be healthy if our planet isn’t healthy."
Holistic Life Foundation's Recommended Reading:
1. Science of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka
2. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
3. The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu-devananda
4. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
5. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
6. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
7. The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
8. Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East by Baird T. Spalding
9. Discourses by Meher Baba
10. The Holy Science by Sri Yukteswar
11. Path of Fire and Light Volumes 1 & 2 by Swami Rama
12. Tao Te Ching 

Sachem HawkStorm

Website: Schaghticoke First Nations
Facebook: @Sachem HawkStorm
Conference Quotes: "The biggest problem we have with children is they don’t know where they come from. They don’t have a sense of place. They don’t have a sense of history. We are part of a machine. They are constantly born into this machine and we are helping the machine and it becomes this constant cycle."

Gina Harris

Website: Prashanti
Twitter: @ginagharris
Facebook: @Prashanti-Supreme Peace
Blog: Simple Everyday Spiritual Practice
 

 

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