Bring Global Exchange’s Bio-piracy Speaking Tour to your Town!

Description: Bio-piracy, the illegal appropriation or commercialization of life (plants, animals, soils or humans) is violating the human rights of
indigenous peoples. It can cause serious environmental damage and accelerate the militarization of rural regions like Chiapas in the search for biological riches.

Description: Bio-piracy, the illegal appropriation or commercialization of life (plants, animals, soils or humans) is violating the human rights of
indigenous peoples. It can cause serious environmental damage and accelerate the militarization of rural regions like Chiapas in the search for biological riches.

Antonio Perez Mendez, a Tzeltal indigenous traditional healer and herbalist and President of the Council of Traditional Indigenous Doctors and Midwives of Chiapas (COMPITCH) will provide first hand testimony on the adverse impacts of biopiracy on indigenous communities.

Accompanying him will be Ryan Zinn from the Global Exchange Mexico office. Mr. Zinn will discuss the threats to biodiversity and local communities in Mexico with a special focus on the conflict ridden state of Chiapas, and will examine the underlying causes of the conflict in megadiverse countries like Mexico and Colombia.

The schedule for the speaking tour is currently being arranged. If you would like to bring this tour to your university or organization, please contact Shannon in the Speakers Bureau at Global Exchange (info below) as soon as possible to arrange an event date. You can also visit our web page to learn more about the speakers and Global Exchange’s Mexico program at

www.globalexchange.org

Global Exchange Speakers Bureau

2017 Mission St. #303
San Francisco, CA 94110
phone: 415-255-7296 ext 244
fax 415-255-7498

shannon@globalexchange.org

Global Exchange is an International Human Rights Organization based out of San Francisco. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to build
people to people ties through international exchange on our Reality Tours, through Speaking Events and Literature, and through our Human Rights, Economic Justice and Corporate Accountability Campaigns.

Author: Shannon Wolfe

News Service: Global Exchange Speakers Bureau

URL: http://www.eco.utexas.edu/faculty/Cleaver/chiapas95.html