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One Health Seminar Series Presents, ‘Awakening to the Spirit of Pachamama’

Courtesy: Yasmin Goodman. Goodman (left) will discuss how the Achuar people are protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Apr 24, 2019

Yasmin Goodman will be presenting, “Awakening to the Spirit of Pachamama,” at Delaware Valley University on Tuesday, April 30. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Guests do not need to register in advance.

Guests will learn about life deep in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Goodman will teach participants about one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Goodman will discuss the Achuar, an indigenous people who possess a deep knowledge of the spirit of the jungle, a collective wisdom, and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. As guardians of this knowledge, they work to share it with others.

This rare and pristine part of the world remains untouched by exploitation because the Achuar people have been actively and effectively fighting to protect the land for everyone.  Their territory sits at the sacred headwaters of the Amazon. The Pachamama Alliance (www.Pachamama.org) is partnering with organizations like Amazon Watch and the indigenous communities, to permanently protect these sacred headwaters.

Goodman has remained active with The Pachamama Alliance since 2005. She has also been involved with The Hunger Project since 1982.  Within both organizations, she has traveled to remote villages to partner with the indigenous people to promote more environmentally sustainable and socially just practices.

About One Health

One Health is a multi-disciplinary approach that works locally, regionally, nationally and globally to attain optimal well-being for people and society, the environment and plants, and animals. Together, the three major components make up the One Health triad, and the well-being of each is inextricably linked to the others in the triad. For more information on the One Health Seminar Series, please visit delval.edu/onehealth.