The New Great Walls: Stories of China's Dams from Three Gorges to the Horn of Africa

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Join us for a Sunday afternoon mixer, film screening and unique opportunity to hear from two generations of river and human rights activists on a rare visit to California from their homelands in China and Kenya.  

Where: Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, Room 260, San Francisco
When: Sunday, April 15. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Program begins promptly at 1:15 pm.
Cost: $20 each; Sweets and drinks provided.

Dai Qing is a world-renowned journalist, author and river activist. She has been a leading critic of the Three Gorges Dam since the 1980s and won a Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993 for her advocacy on behalf of rivers and human rights in China.

Ikal Angelei is the Coordinator for Friends of Lake Turkana, a partner group of International Rivers that is campaigning for the protection of Lake Turkana against the Chinese-funded Gibe III Dam on the Omo River in Ethiopia.

Prior to the discussion, we are proud to host a premier screening of Kara Women Speak, a short film by Jane Baldwin. Focusing on the human consequences of the Ethiopian government's plans to dam the Omo River, the film gives the perspective of the indigenous people who fear its impact on their daily lives. Jason Rainey will then moderate a discussion with Dai, Ikal and Peter Bosshard, Policy Director at International Rivers.

The event is produced by International Rivers with support from Probe International, and follows a two-day symposium sponsored by UC Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning:  “After Three Gorges Dam, What Have We Learned?”

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