By Ruth Kurian
Campus Life Staff
The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) sponsored a conference on October 13-15 at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill dedicated to "the spirit of action for justice".
SEAC's third extremely successful conference was attended by student activists from all over the nation and world, including Burma, Hong Kong, and England as well as students from the Georgia Institute of Technology's own Environmental Forum.
SEAC's goals for the weekend, "uniting for change, transformation, and taking action" were achieved by a variety of workshops focusing on such issues as strategies for creating and sustaining an activist network to combatting racism.The conference emphasized the rich history of activism devoted to defending our rights to a healthy and just planet.
Speakers included Faith Gemmill of Alaska speaking on behalf of the Gwich's in Nation in order to protect the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
This area is sacred to her people and is being threatened by proposed oil development.
Karl Rajanna of Emory University spoke on growing up as an Asian Indian in the South and her experience with racism.
She is also part of a network of community organizers uncovering abuses surrounding the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The Environmental Forum is now considering affirmative action and immigrant rights issues as are several other groups that were in attendance due to interaction with the Four Winds Student Movement centered in Los Angeles. A nationwide network is being formed concerning these issues.
Students interested in pursuing environmental and social justice should contact The Environmental Forum at 894-1710 or gt9427b.
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