A Crude Awakening: Consilience Journal Events November 8th and November 13th


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.

Part I:

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.

Part II:

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.