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Sustainability Symposium

2021 W&M Sustainability Symposium: Interconnectedness

People and the planet are entwined in a way that is significant both globally and locally to create a more sustainable world for all. Highlighting the voices of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, the W&M Sustainability Symposium will explore the interconnectedness of societies and ecosystems, arts and action, and individuals and impact. From a global perspective to our front door, the Symposium will include two keynote speakers who will help us explore our interconnectedness.

If you missed the events, but would still like to hear from Céline and Winona, check out our YouTube playlist!

celine cousteauW&M Sustainability Symposium Event 1: A Discussion with Céline Cousteau

April 20, 2021; 3-4:30pm

Radical change starts with understanding our connection to the environment and to the global community. Join us for a discussion with Céline Cousteau, a humanitarian, environmentalist, filmmaker, and artist, about her work to raise awareness about the link between the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the environment, and our own survival. Céline will discuss her collaboration with Beto of the Marúbo tribe to share the story of the Indigenous Peoples of the Vale do Javari region of the Brazilian Amazon, who are fighting for their survival and rights as guardians of a globally important ecosystem. Through an intimate exploration of our interconnectedness and the power of our day-to-day actions, Céline will invite us to join a movement led by her non-profit, The Javari Project, to fight for the protection of people and the ecosystems they safeguard for the benefit of all.

Rowe Welcome by W&M President Katherine Rowe

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winona laduke
W&M Sustainability Symposium Event 2: A Closer Look with Winona LaDuke
April 21, 2021; 6-7:30pm

Winona LaDuke, Native American environmentalist and political activist will share her perspective on the importance of individuals connecting with their local communities and ecosystems to the benefit of their future and the world. Known as a leader in the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, and sustainable food systems, LaDuke will discuss her experience in these areas and the ties between the rights of Indigenous people, the environment, and sustainability progress in the United States. She will explore the role that arts and culture can play in connecting people and action, sharing a direction for the future, and bringing people together around common challenges and successes. Her talk will conclude with small group discussions on the symposium topics and brainstorming ways to apply what was learned and actions that could be taken.

Nikki Bass


Welcome by Nikki Bass, member of the Virginia Nansemond tribe, Associate Director of Science Policy Division, EPA

 Watch the recording!


W&M Sustainability would like to thank our partners and sponsors!

American Indian Resource Center & Native Studies Minor

Alumni Association

Environmental Science & Policy Program

Institute for Integrative Conservation

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Student Assembly