The Green Tea Connection is a program that brings together members of the HWS and Geneva communities to discuss and act on social and environmental justice issues. The IC believes it’s important to see social justice and environmental justice as two sides of the same coin, as they go hand in hand together.
This conversation took place on April 26 at 5pm in the IC. HWS faculty, staff and students joined to discuss Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples, led by Sarah Garcia WS’17. Sarah covered important questions such as “who are they?”, “what have they confronted historically?” and “what are their issues connected to environmental justice?”
It was a really eye-opening research project that allowed me to integrate two important parts of who I am: an environmentalist and a Mexicana.
You never stop learning, even about your own heritage and culture and this is why I wanted to focus on México’s Indigenous peoples in my independent study with Professor Mauer: as a means to increase the knowledge of my own heritage as a Mexicana.
Indigenous people are not given respect, power, nor autonomy in a lot of countries, but are rather stripped of their land, traditions, and even regarded as being lesser than; I hope that the way we view Indigenous people will change because their intimate knowledge of the land can help us lessen the impact that we, as industrialized countries, have on the environment. Sarah Garcia WS’17, Posse Scholar
This offered me an opportunity to learn new perspectives. I now have new discussion points for future discussions about this topic. Ian Tulloch H’17