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The Explorers Club Virtual Lecture: Yasuni: Protecting the World’s Most Biodiverse Forest and Its People

August 17, 7 pm9 pm.


Featuring leading scholars, journalists, researchers and indigenous rights activists – including a current member of the Sarayaku Community, The Explorers Club’s new online discussion scheduled for Monday, August 17, titled “Yasuni: Protecting the World’s Most Biodiverse Forest and Its People,” will provide an inside look into the current struggles facing Ecuador’s indigenous people.
The discussion will include a firsthand look at current struggles facing the indigenous community from Patricia Gualinga, International Relations Director for the Kichwa First People of Sarayaku, and a deep dive into research regarding the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, one of the most biodiverse forests on the planet. She will be joined by Ryan Patrick Killackey, an award-winning filmmaker and a published author; Kelly Swing, Ph.D., the Founding Director of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station; Dr. Matt Finer, the Senior Research Specialist at Amazon Conservation; and Leila Salazar-López, the Executive Director of Amazon Watch.

The lecture – streamed live on Explorers.org and Facebook Live – will touch on the history of the Ecuadorian Amazon, including current conflicts facing its indigenous populations. It will be hosted by Scott Wallace, an award-winning writer, television producer, and photojournalist who has covered the environment, vanishing cultures and conflict over land and resources around the world for 35 years.

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