Storytelling as a Tool for Activism: Agroecology and Food Security in the Himalayas Case Study
Grace Scott, Emily Shanahan
Through the Global Flyers: India Program, Grace and Emily spent six weeks exploring the intersection of agriculture, globalization, climate change, food security, and culture in the context of rural agricultural communities of the Himalayas. Food, in addition to the literal life-giving nutrition it provides, is a vehicle for language, culture, familial traditions, and interpersonal relationships. Due to climate change, the commodification of food, and inattentive globalization, farmers have been increasingly forced from their land and livelihood, despite the immense benefits they provide, and replaced with industrial agriculture operations that act as cultural erasures. During their time in India, Grace and Emily collaborated with team members to conduct community meetings, interview farmers, and facilitate youth input to create community-based storybooks. Storytelling has been used for centuries to define social values and have a particularly potent psychological influence. How can we continue to use storytelling as a tool for advocacy, for issues both locally and abroad? Join us to interact with stories from Sikkim, India and discuss how we can use our own stories as a tool for activism.
Maria Ollier Burkett
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, Multidisciplinary
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Zero Hunger; Climate Action
"Storytelling as a Tool for Activism: Agroecology and Food Security in the Himalayas Case Study" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1766.