The Earth is in crisis. With more conversations happening on climate change and biodiversity loss, it's important for Seed the Commons that we get to the meat of the matter (pun intended).
Earlier this month, Chema Hernandez Gil, co-founder and board member of STC, spoke at a panel on Climate Change and Immigration at the annual Educators of San Francisco Conference. Chema spoke of how land was increasingly reserved for cattle during the colonization of North America, which drove indigenous people to more marginal areas. He connected this with the present, where indigenous people are the most vulnerable to climate change and where many are pushed to migrate from rural to urban areas and from Mexico and Central America to the US. The legacy of turning the land into fields for grazing and animal feed remains a main driving factor.
This weekend, Chema will speak at Berkeley Earth Day, where he will explore the historical connection between social inequality and the exploitation of animals as food and “beasts of burden”. Drawing comparisons between past Old and New World civilizations, he will propose that a transition to veganic farming is the way towards sustainability, climate justice and social equity.
Berkeley Earth Day is a free event with great talks, vegan food and it hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. We are thrilled that food and agriculture are on the table and we invite you to come learn more about how changing our food system can avert the crisis.
Want to do more to help transition our food systems towards sustainability and social justice? There are always volunteer opportunities with Seed the Commons - reach out to us today to find out more!