For #WorldSoilDay, let us look at a movement revolving around soil health and issues on diversity and inclusion it faces.
Kiss The Ground has been described as groundbreaking, but I find that it only manages to scratch the surface. I don’t have indigenous roots as a Filipino-American woman and my family does not have experience working or owning farms. Regardless of my background, I was left feeling very jaded on behalf of indigenous peoples and farmers of color internationally after watching this film on Netflix. My grievance is about the missed opportunity to showcase Traditional Ecological Knowledge and diversity in agriculture to a wide audience.
Kiss The Ground is a 2020 full-length documentary. Their website describes it as a film “that sheds light on an new, old approach to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world”. I went into watching the film blind; I didn’t know about the directors or producers (besides assuming, correctly, that they were white) and I haven’t even watched a lot of movies of the narrator either. Nonetheless, I thought that the film might teach me more about regenerative agriculture. By the end of the film, I was left feeling fed-up at the hollow hope it offered.
Originally, I formatted this summarization to share with classmates in my Environmental Studies course (our professor has forums set up to talk about this incredibly important election, super neat!) However, I thought I should also include it here on my blog to share with others who aren’t in my class.
In California, 12 statewide ballot propositions are on the ballot for November elections in 2020 (numbered 14 through 25).
Is it fair to say that we should all be treated equally? While a single person who treats others with equal kindness or compassion has an honorable and fair connotation, “equality” takes an entirely different meaning when implemented into institutional practice. Equality is sameness in treatment, and equality in practice will never uplift PoC to the same standing as white folk.
This is a short review of 3 organizations revolving the people’s struggle for national democracy in the Philippines. The 3 organizations are the Kapataang Matabayan (KM), the League of Filipino Students (LFS), and the National Democratic Movement.