A program of interest to Amador residents is being presented by American Association of University Women (AAUW). The speaker will be Kelsi Himmel, Environmental Educator, discussing her recent experience viewing the impact of oil extraction and mining on ecosystems and communities in Ecuador’s rainforest.
Kelsi will be describing her recent trip and her direct observations of consequences in the region of the Yasuni which borders the Napo River, as well as other regions affected in Ecuador. She will show a film and follow it with a presentation on what she discovered and the effects, not only on the greatest variety of plants and animals in the world, but also on indigenous communities in the area. Reliance on earth’s non-renewables has consequences on both a global and local scale.
|Kelsi Himmel on the Napo River in Yasumi|
Over 70 years have passed since the end of metal mining as a major industry in Amador County, but the toxic effects are left unresolved in many areas, including the infamous Argonaut mine area. While we in Amador are attempting to reclaim our abused lands, the same sad stories of irreparable damage to our earth plays out across the globe at a record pace. We have the inherent right to know what is happening to our water, land and air. Having this knowledge can empower communities to make choices for the future health of all.
AAUW will be presenting this informative program on Wednesday January 14th from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Sutter Creek Community Center, 33 Church St. Refreshments will be served. Members of the general public are welcome to attend at no cost.