|Aunty Joan represents Australia at international conference - 16 May 2014|
Lourdes Hill’s very own Aunty Joan Hendriks was recently invited to participate as a panellist at the Chico Vive conference in Washington DC, from 4 to 6 April.
The conference, hosted by the American University School of International Service, brought together environmental ambassadors from around the world to discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement since the death of environmental martyr, Chico Mendes, in 1988.
Aunty Joan was the only Australian representative at the conference and spoke about the environmental impact that modernisation is having on the Australian environment and, in particular, on her home land, Stradbroke Island.
Aunty Joan said that she was “humbly honoured” to sit on a panel with a combination of young, educated environmentalists from places such as Indonesia, India and Africa, as well as Elders from Canada and the Amazon areas of South America.
She said that each participant shared “an intense commitment to the spirit of their land.”
During her trip to America, Aunty Joan was also invited to visit three universities, including Colombia University, New York, where she gave a guest lecture to students of Intercultural Studies.
“They were a delight – so keen to listen about environmental issues in Australia,” she said.