The Living Forest Worldview

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Patricia Gualinga

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Patricia Gualinga is an Historic Leader of the Sarayaku, a Kichwa speaking people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. She has been one of Sarayaku’s most clear and prominent voices at the UN, the Vatican, the Paris Climate Accord meetings and many other international fora. Her presentation will focus on Sarayaku’s Declaration of the Living Forest and highlight its relevance to the protection and restoration of wetlands. During the presentation, Patricia will discuss the Sarayaku People’s ancestral knowledge of the Forest as a multidimensional ecosystem constituted by both physical and non-physical intelligences and address subtle aspects of deeper ecological damage that are not yet clearly understood. She will also discuss the moral and epistemological reasons why key ecosystems have the right to exist in perpetuity, free of human presence and interference. This novel call to consciousness and action grounded on ancestral knowledge of Nature’s beingness, presents a fresh paradigm for a balanced and respectful relationship between humans and Nature and the pursuit of ecological and wetland restoration and conservation.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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