Student Leadership with Amira Odeh-Quiñones

Wed, Feb 28 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Integrative Learning Center Room: S311
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The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is going on a national tour where they are showcasing individuals and organizations who are challenging the linear consumption model from the point of extraction all the way to the site of disposal. They will be stopping at UMass Amherst to do a student leadership workshop with Amira Odeh-Quiñones. 

Through highlighting the resistance efforts of frontline communities, companies who are taking holistic approaches to manufacturing, water protectors and land defenders who stand for indigenous sovereignty, and lots of other work, we strive to show the many of ways we can intervene in this broken system. Most of all, they want to show that while no one can do everything, everyone can do something. In recognizing people who resist, redesign, repair, reuse, rediscover, and reclaim, we hope you walk away from this event inspired, activated and motivated.

Amira’s work in a campaign titled “No Más Botellas” at the University of Puerto Rico was successful in making one of their campuses the first Latin American University to ban the sale of bottled water. She has represented her country at the UN Climate talks and has been a part of the Sierra Student Coalition training program, facilitating leadership workshops to youth in Puerto Rico and the United States.

The POI 2018 College Road Tour will:
  • Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
  • Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
  • Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.

Other tour stops in the Five College area will be a Repair Fair at Hampshire College and a Speaker Series at Mount Holyoke College. For more information about these other events, please follow this link:

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