Let’s See Ourselves
The fight against climate change has begun to reflect the colonial, top-down worldview that contributed to the problem in the first place. Mexican activist and storyteller Gustavo Esteva on a new vision—one that is radically bottom-up.
by Gustavo Esteva with Juliette Beck
In mid-February, Mexican “de-professionalized” intellectual, grassroots activist and vibrant storyteller Gustavo Esteva travelled from a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, where he lives, to California to participate in several gatherings that launched Unitierra Califas. The intercultural dialogue was inspired by the Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca, which Esteva founded.
During his visit, Esteva also participated in a discussion entitled “Re-Activating Insurgent Learning: Interculturality, Indigenous Autonomy, and Grassroots Globalization” at the University of California, Davis. Later, in an interview with Davis resident Juliette Beck, he shared his perspective on climate change.
Here are his words, compiled from both conversations…