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The Chicago Council: An Environmental Warrior: The Story of Mama Aleta

  • Renaissance Blackstone 636 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

In 2010, “Mama” Aleta Baun saved her people from the brink of a devastating mining and deforestation campaign. Living on the western end of the island of Timor, the Mollo people inhabit a region rich in natural resources and biodiversity, but plagued by excessive exploitation. Like many indigenous tribes, their identities are intimately connected to the land, and its abuse has had a devastating effect upon their livelihoods, health, and identity. As tribes around the globe cope with the challenges wrought by climate change, the Mollo story is but one of many. And as the world gathers in Paris for the COP21 climate talks, what role will the concerns of indigenous peoples play in shaping the global agenda? Join The Chicago Council’s Women and Global Development Forum as “Mama” Aleta Baun discusses the relationship between indigenous peoples and land in the face of a rapidly shifting climate.