Join Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development for a two-part event exploring the class action lawsuit that pitted 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron.
We will be screening the documentary Crude on November 8 at 6pm in the Lerner West Ramp Lounge. Crude provides an inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, and is set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. The documentary premiered on January 18, 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival and on September 9, 2009, at the IFC Center in New York City.
Steven Donziger, the lead attorney representing the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, will discuss his experience on November 13 at 6:30 pm in Lerner 568. He is a leading attorney and national expert on crime policy and youth violence and has worked as a journalist for United Press International and currently practices criminal defense law and international environmental law in NYC.