Forum on water, land and human rights

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Sonoma Valley Sun

In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Kara Women Speak: Stories from Women of Ethiopia’s Omjane-baldwin-bio_web_285x326o River Valley by Jane Baldwin,” the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will host a public forum on October 17. “Pinching the Lifeline: The Human Impact of the Global Rush for Dwindling Resource” will gather together Baldwin and non government agency leaders and policy experts to discuss the human and environmental impact of global land grabs,  dam building, and the rush to claim natural resources around the world.

Sonoma journalist David Bolling will moderate a conversation between Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute), Muadi Mukenge (Global Fund for Women), Lori Pottinger (International Rivers), and Stephen Corry (Survival International). Panelists will consider what is at stake for communities dealing with the consequences of mega dams and international agri-businesses.

“I am pleased that my artwork can be a catalyst for engaging in this critical conversation,” said artist Jane Baldwin. “It is urgent that we raise awareness for these issues now, so we can change policy before the relentless drive for resources continues to destroy the environment.”

The panelists will speak about their work locally, in California and around the globe, and take a focused look at Ethiopia’s development of the Omo River and Lake Turkana watershed, now threatened by a massive hydroelectric dam. 4 to 6 p.m. $15 general, $10 member. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939-7862,

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