‘Breaking the Chains’ forum to focus on decolonization, climate change

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As a non-self-governing territory, one of only 17 remaining in the world, Guam is a remnant of the old world, a contemporary colony. As the world and in particular the peoples of the Pacific tackle the growing global problem of climate change, Guam, because of its political status, finds itself unable to act and mobilize with millions around the world. As the tides rise around us, we see our mañe’lu across Micronesia, the Pacific and the world rising up to take action, we must join them.

The “Breaking the Chains: Decolonization and Climate Action” forum will feature educators, activists and youth presenting on the following three themes, “Decolonize, Demilitarize and Decarbonize,” each of which are essential to taking effective climate action. It is being organized by the Fanohge Coalition and GCC Council on Postsecondary Student Affairs (COPSA). It will take place Friday, October 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in a hybrid, in-person, and virtual combined format.

This event is free and open to the public. An in-person component will take place at the MPA at the Guam Community College. Those wishing to attend virtually can do so via Zoom or else watch the livestream on Facebook. All wanting to attend are encouraged to register on Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/decolonize1029

This event will feature speakers from Guam, the CNMI and Palau including: Rep. Sheila Babauta (CNMI Legislature), Dr Romina King (University of Guam), Melvin Won Pat-Borja (Commission on Decolonization), Moñeka de Oro (Micronesian Climate Change Alliance), William Li (The Sea Monkeys Project), Miel Sequiera-Holm (Pura Vida Palau), Kyle Dahilig (UOG Green Army), Maria Sol Marques (Guam Youth Climate Strike) and Maria Hernandez (Prutehi Litekyan).

It will be focused around three themes, Decolonize, Demilitarize and Decarbonize.

Decolonize – Empower local communities to have more control over their resources and be more secure in determining their destinies.

Demilitarize – Militarization in the Marianas and Micronesia has led to a marginalizing of the voices of the people here and a prioritizing of the strategic interests of the US.

Decarbonize – Although the peoples of the Pacific are not the primary contributors to climate change and global warming, we can still take steps in our own daily lives to educate others and to live in more sustainable ways.

For more information or if you have any questions, follow the Fanohge Coalition on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/fanohgecoalition), email fanohgecoalition@gmail.com or contact Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua at 671-988-7106.

(Fanohge Coalition Release)

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