People Who Understand the Language of Plants

Friday, 28 September 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday September 28th, host Esty Dinur talked with documentary filmmaker Lawrence Lansburgh. Recently, he released a documentary about the Achuar people of the Ecuadororian Amazon. He has been nominated for an academy award and is a recipient of previous Emmy awards. His documentary tells the inspirational success story of a small group of forest people who overcame the power of big oil.

In his words, “My area is the intersection of environmental health and human rights, as demonstrated so vividly by the success of the Achuar people in keeping oil companies out of their pristine part of the Amazon rain forest. Clearly, among the valuable assets of a still-healthy Amazonian culture is the knowledge of medicinal plants. By protecting themselves from the cultural and environmental devastation of oil operations, the Achuar people have also protected their knowledge of those plants.”





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