Being a new intern at TU Press, I've quickly learned that the environment is important to the press be it through sustainable printing practices or through the publication of books that focus on nature and one’s place in the world.
Perhaps you've read Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril or Wisdom for a Livable Planet or On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest? These books explore environmental issues our planet faces and the people working to improve the state of the environment. If you have or if you’re simply interested in learning about our planet, then head over to the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. There are still a few more installments of their community school summer series, “The Rights of Mother Earth.” This is a great opportunity to learn for anyone in San Antonio! These events are free and open to the public.
This Friday, September 26, the Esperanza will screen the film “Rooted Lands/Tierras Arraigadas,” a short documentary about the first county in the U.S. to ban fracking. After the screening, Eleanor Bravo, the Southwest organizer for Food and Water Watch, will share her experiences and insight on working with different communities to ban or restrict fracking.
The following Friday, October 3, Nina Wilson, co-founder of Idle No More, will give a lecture on the rights of Mother Earth from a Native person’s perspective. If all goes well, we’ll be sending someone to this lecture and we’ll report back for any of you that may have missed it. So no worries if you’re not in San Antonio!
It’s times like this that I miss my best friends from home who are my usual go-to companions for lectures and documentary screenings. We love going to events like this together, not only for the great lectures and discussions, but for the wonderful people you meet. And if you go to events in San Antonio enough times, faces start becoming more familiar and suddenly you’re part of new community and that’s the best feeling when you’re away from home.
For more details, check out the Esperanza website. I hope to see you there!
Artwork from the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.