Guest Speaker: Evgenia Chirikova / Russian Environmental Activist
Title: “Civic Struggle to Protect the Environment and Political Rights”
Date: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Description: This talk focuses mainly on major environmental campaigns that Evgenia Cherikova led and has been involved in. These include defending the Khimiki forest (against a highway project that would destroy a natural habitat) and the Khopra region (against nickel mining). These campaigns have been driven by resistance against private corporations with close ties to both local and central authorities. Evgenia discusses how people were mobilized and organized, how they developed their strategies and resilience, what actions of civil defiance they engaged in, and the campaign outcomes.