Environmentalist and Native American activist Winona LaDuke will be speaking on environmental justice and democracy at a public lecture titled “Environmental Justice” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.
LaDuke was a two-time vice presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket with presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000. She is known for her work on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. Her appearance is sponsored by NAU’s Martin-Springer Institute in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Winona LaDuke exemplifies the connection between human rights and the environment by showing how restoring cultural traditions and managing lands sustainably can empower people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities,” said Jane Marks, director of the Martin-Springer Institute. “From promoting locally grown foods, to empowering Native People to manage their sacred sites, to helping communities develop economically viable programs to combat climate change, LaDuke’s messages ring true for many people in our community.”
A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She has authored five books, and in 2007 was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership and community commitment.
Tickets are free for NAU students and $5 for the public. Tickets are required and available by calling (928) 523-5661. For information on the event, call (928) 523-2464.