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Nobel Winner Critical of Global Habitat Destruction

April 28, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú criticized what she called unethical corporate practices in a speech at Cal State Fullerton on April 22. Hundreds attended Menchú’s speech, in which she urged young people to become effective leaders to create change within the global community.

“What I see more and more is that our world needs leaders and when we talk to the youth, why are we asking them to become leaders? The reason is so they will resolve problems. First in their communities, then in the world,” said Menchú, through a translator.

Menchú spoke about ecocide, which is described as the willful destruction of natural environments. She said global corporations have destroyed natural habitats.

“You might be a businessperson at the helm of one of the 500 companies that rule the Earth, but if you are conscious that the policies of the company are harmful to the world, you should not consider them,” Menchú said.

Menchú’s appearance came days after she led a demonstration in Washington, D.C., supporting the fight of Ecuadorean rain forest dwellers against Chevron Corp. Menchú accused Chevron of committing ecocide against the indigenous people of Ecuador. Litigation on behalf of thousands of indigenous Ecuadorians is ongoing with the oil giant. Continue reading.

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