The Condor & The Eagle Film and Panel Discussion: Harmony with Nature in Sustainability

The Condor & The Eagle Film and Panel Discussion:  Harmony with Nature in Sustainability
Artwork by Justice Maltese

Invitation: Please join the Environmental Justice program, the International Criminal Justice MA Program, the Sustainability Council, and the Environmental Club for a screening of the film, The Condor and the Eagle (watch anytime during April 17-19). Then, join us on Monday, April 19 at 1:40 pm ET for a panel discussion, How the Sustainability Movement can Promote Harmony with Nature.

Film Website:
Year:  2019
Directed by: Clement Guerra, Sophie Guerra

Throughout North and South America, indigenous people are refusing to sacrifice their territories to oil companies and other extractive industries. As allies in this fight, we have so much to learn from the stories of Native environmentalists, as the world responds to climate change and environmental injustice. The film focuses on four Indigenous women who are leaders in this movement.

April 19 Panel DiscussionHow the Sustainability Movement Can Promote Harmony with Nature:
-The “Rights of Nature.”
-The movement to incorporate Rights of Nature into the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
-How Colleges and other organizations can recognize the Rights of Nature and the related Earth Charter concept that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.
-How college can partner with Indigenous Nature Defenders to advance sustainability.

The Panelists

Lindsey Kayman, is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Chair of the College’s Sustainability Council and is President of the Environmental Education Fund, a 501c3 non-profit that helps colleges and other organizations hold environmental film festivals and creative environmental literacy events.

Vincent Mann, Chief, Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lanape Nation, which encompasses parts of New Jersey and New York. Since 2008, Chief Mann has tirelessly worked to help his community survive and fight back in light of the Ford Motor Company’s toxic dumping on the Ringwood Mines superfund site. He is also currently co-creating the United Lunaapeewak to restore Lunaape culture and provide educational opportunities across the region. Chief Mann is a Trustee of the Highlands Coalition and a former member of the Ringwood Mines superfund site’s Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). He recently co-founded the Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm with Michaeline Picarro to create local jobs, but more importantly to bring back food sovereignty to his Clan. He works with many universities on projects related to his people, including the NYU and Ramapo College Environmental Science programs, the Price Institute at Rutgers Newark, and Design program at Rutgers New Brunswick. The Russ Berry Foundations awarded Chief Mann their highest honor for being an Unsung Hero for his efforts, even though he maintains that the true Unsung Heros are the citizens of the Turtle Clan. Chief Mann regularly lectures on environmental justice and the importance of indigenous knowledge. Chief Mann gives land acknowledgments across New Jersey and New York in honor of his ancestors and offers up prayers for humanity and for our natural world.

Casey Camp-Horinek, a tribal Councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and Hereditary Drumkeeper of its Womens’ Scalp Dance Society. She is also an Emmy award winning actress, author, and an internationally renowned, longtime Native and Human Rights and Environmental Justice activist. Casey led efforts for the Ponca tribe to adopt a Rights of Nature Statute and pass a moratorium on fracking on its territory, and has traveled and spoken around the world.

Craig Kauffman, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon and is a member of the United Nations group, Harmony with Nature, which seeks to incorporate the Rights of Nature into the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Erica Cowper, is an undergraduate at Drew University majoring in Biology. She is a Board Member of the Drew Environmental Action League (DEAL) and is working on creative ideas to promote preservation of nature and support for indigenous nature defenders at the college. Erica is the Co-Chair of Youth Outreach for the North Jersey Sierra Group and also an intern at Environmental Education Fund.

Donations: This film screening is free.  Donations are requested and will be directed to the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough-Lenape Nation, who are seeking assistance in creating a sustenance farm, which will also encompass education about their tribal ancestor practices.  (More info) and to the film’s “No More Sacrificed Communities” Impact Campaign.  (Donations are not requested from John Jay College students and employees. The Environmental Education Fund will be making donations on their behalf).

Register to access the film: to access the film.

Register for the panel discussion on Monday, April 19 at 1:40 pm: 

Zoom link for the panel discussion: