Food Sovereignty, Women, and Eco-Justice
A Short Film by the Temple of Understanding

Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women, and Eco-Justice

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Roots of Change  features women's spirited calls to change our global direction. In this visually striking short film, women warn of the current realities and looming threats of food crisis, climate change, and corruption.  Women's leadership and ownership in local systems of food production are desperately needed - - as is the collaboration of their husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons. This leadership and ownership is what is meant by  food sovereignty.

" Food sovereignty  is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations." 
-Declaration of Nyéléni, the first  global
forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007

Roots of Change envisions a revolution in values that will result in clean water and nourishing food for all: a global culture in harmony with the environment that values relationships more than things.  Only with a radical system shift that liberates the voices and bodies of women can we achieve a future that is healthy, diverse, peaceful, and whole.

Speakers in the film come from the Temple of Understanding's events at the  Commission on the Status of Women, the annual forum for advocacy on women's issues at the United Nations.

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"The global movement to shift corporate
capitalism and turn us towards a sustainable and just
and peaceful future will be led by women of color."
--Nina Simons, Roots of Change
Take Action on Eco-Justice Issues! 

Support the historic protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline
currently happening at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
  1. Donate via the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Official Fundraising page. To date, more than 300 tribes and first nations officially stand with Standing Rock by way of tribal resolutions, letters of support, or tribal delegations joining the camp. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been providing a multitude of support services for the thousands of people resisting DAPL.
  2. Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to. Yes! Magazine provides sample paragraphs for your letter or phone script.
  3. Stay updated. Yes! Magazine has been providing ongoing coverage of the protest at Standing Rock, as has the Indian Country Today Media Network
This is an incredibly important moment for Indigenous rights, water rights, and environmental justice. Please take action and share!

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