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Understanding Grassroots Environmental Peace

Understanding Grassroots Environmental Peace
Vanessa “Ned” Bible

March 22 to April 21, 2022 | Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]

Prerequisite: Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience.

This course takes the view that Environmental Peacebuilding should have at its core the concept of “caring for country,” meaning looking after nature, our habitat, and the habitat* of other species with whom we share this planet. There are often conflicts over the extraction of natural resources (mining, logging, fishing, harvesting), water and land rights, and pollution of land, water, and air. To be responsible stewards, we must make every effort to look after our planet and biosphere for all human inhabitants, other species, and future generations.

As part of this course, the participants will discuss the “resource curse” that many countries face in their bid to raise revenue through extracting and selling natural resources. The importance of Indigenous rights, culture and knowledge, environmental justice, and climate change, which are often ignored in planning projects that impact the environment will also be considered. In examining links between peacebuilding and the environment, participants will gain an understanding of the way in which human and environmental issues are intertwined—caring for nature is caring for humanity. Understanding this is essential to effective environmental peacebuilding. Learning will be through discussion and workshops involving interaction in large and small groups, online resources, role plays, active learning exercises, and analyses of case studies.

* The term “caring for country” reflects the importance that Indigenous Australians place on traditional land management on lands unaltered by development or other land use, such as agriculture (https://www.integratesustainability.com.au/2018/01/18/caring-for-country/).

Registration is closed for this course

Our Facilitator

Vanessa “Ned” Bible is a Lecturer in Peace Studies and History at the University of New England, Australia. Vanessa has been lecturing in Peace Studies for eight years. She has also been involved in grassroots peace, environmental, and social justice organizations for 20 years. Vanessa has helped establish a number of local groups in her community, and she is currently the Convenor of People for Peace, an action group of Sustainable Living Armidale in Australia.

Vanessa has a PhD in Peace Studies, as well as a Master of Environmental Advocacy, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Politics. She is also currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science, in order to bring a more holistic understanding to her environmental peacebuilding approach. Her award-winning PhD focused on the importance of place, identity, and belonging in cultivating inclusive and community-based environmental peacebuilding. Vanessa is currently working on a book titled Environmental Peace in the Anthropocene, to be published with Routledge in 2023.

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