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Ecuadorian anti-oil activist Leo Cerda in Portland this week - 4 talks around town!

** Friday @ PSU | Sunday @ Black Rose | Monday @ Lewis & Clark | Wednesday @ Reed **

Leonardo Cerda is an Ecuadorian youth climate, energy and sustainability activist studying International Relations and Political Sciences at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

Leo's been involved in resistance movements against the oil industry in Ecuador since he was fourteen years old. He and others in his community starting doing workshops around the Amazon at that time, in different indigenous villages, discussing the causes and the future consequences of the oil industry, it's relationship to climate change and the many other devastating consequences to people and the environment.
The devastation of US oil companies in Ecuador
The devastation of US oil companies in Ecuador
Resistance to US oil companies in Ecuador
Resistance to US oil companies in Ecuador
Resistance to US oil companies in Ecuador
Resistance to US oil companies in Ecuador
Leo's been working on issues related to environmental protection, people's sovereignty over land, coal mining, indigenous resistance, organic products cooperative and others ever since. Currently Leo is part of an organization called FAOICIN that is running a campaign to promote sustainable projects as an alternative for communities, associations, and other indigenous social actors to promote the recovery of ancestral customs. He's also in charge of the human rights club at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and he's starting up organizing Marea Creciente / Rising Tide and a Climate Camp there!

He'll be discussing his communities work in Ecuador, the damage done by the oil industry, and efforts to build a more just, sustainable society in Ecuador.

Here is the dates for Leo's tour. Some information is TBA, but contact information for each event is below!

Friday, 21st
Portland State U.
4:00 pm in the Smith Bldg, rm 338

Sunday, 23rd
Black Rose Books
6:00 pm

Monday, 24th
Lewis and Clark College
R Howard Hall (right across from the library) room 114.
5:30-7:30 pm
dcrane-at-lclark.edu

Wednesday, 26th
Reed College
Location TBA
7pm
fenollot-at-reed.edu

homepage: homepage: http://cascadia.risingtidenorthamerica.org