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

August 17, 7 pm9 pm.


The Explorers Club’s next installment of its virtual public lecture series will focus on the challenges facing the indigenous people of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Featuring leading scholars, journalists, researchers and indigenous rights activists – including a current member of the Sarayaku Community, the 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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