World Women’s Congress for a Healthy Planet

The World Women’s Congress for a Healthy Planet, in Miami Florida, Nov. 8-12, 1991


Recorded by Let the People Speak, a project of the Foundation for a Compassionate Society.
More than 1500 women from over 80 countries assembled in Miami to discuss their vision of a healthy planet.
The congress was convened to assure the participation of women in the 1992 United Nations Conference on environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 1992. These are exerpts from 4 days of Women voicing their concerns for the future of the planet.

Opening Ceremony


Keynote speakers (Excerpts)
– Bella Abzug – cofounder of WEDO Women’s Environment & Development Organization Margarita Arias – President, Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, Costa Rica “We are living the present at the expense of the future”

First Tribunal (Excerpts)


Towards Earth Charter 1992: Developing a Code of Earth Ethics with a Women’s Dimension
– Professor Wangary Maathai – founder Green Belt Movement, Kenya – Magda Renner – executive President Acao Democratic Feminina Gaucha. Amigos de terra Brazil. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Vice President Equator Advisory service, Liberia – Peggy Antrobus – Women’s Development (WAND), Barbados – Dr Rosalle Bertell – President International Institue of Concern for Public Health, Canada – Meena Raman – Friends of the Earth Third World Network, Malaysia

Third Tribunal (Excerpts) – Science, Technology and Population

– Blanca Esponda – Senator, State of Chiapas, Mexico – Vandana Shiva, Director, Research Foundation For Natural Resources, India – Marilyn Carr – Senior Technical Officer, UN Developmental Fund for Women, United Kingdom – Renate Walker – Physician &Microbiologist, Institute for Environmental Medicine, Vienna, Austria (formerly East Germany) – Claudine Schneider – Former member US House of Representatives – Audience comments on the tribunals

First Tribunal (Complete)

Towards Earth Charter ’92: Developing a Code of Earth Ethics with a Women’s Dimension
– Dr. Rosalle Bertell – President, International Institue of Concern for Public Health, Canada

First Tribunal (Complete)

Towards Earth Charter ’92: Developing a Code of Earth Ethics with a Women’s Dimension
– Meena Raman – Friends of the Earth, Third World Network, Malaysia

Second Tribunal, Part 1 – (Complete)

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Marilyn Waring – Senior Lecturer, University of Wallkato, New Zealand

Second Tribunal, Part 1 – (Complete)

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Carrie Dann – Clan Mother – Onondage Nation

Second Tribunal, Part 2 – (Complete)

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Leonor Briones – President, Freedom Debt Coalition, Philipines

Second Tribunal, Part 2 – (Complete)

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Ruth Bamela Engo-Tjega – Senior liaison officer/UN Steering Committee, Action for African Economic Recovery & Development, Cameroon

Third Tribunal, Part 1 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Blanca Esponda – Senator, State of Chiapas, Mexico

Third Tribunal, Part 1 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Vandana Shiva - Director, Research Foundation For Natural Resources, India

Third Tribunal, Part 2 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Marilyn Carr – Senior Technical Officer UN Developmental Fund for Women, United Kingdom

Third Tribunal, Part 2 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Renate Walker – Physician & Microbiologist – Institute for Environmental Medicine, Vienna Austria (formerly East Germany)

Third Tribunal, Part 3 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Claudine Schneider - Former member US House of Representatives

Third Tribunal, Part 3 (Complete) – Science, Technology and Population

Saving Natural Systems: Environment and Positive Development


Audience comments on the tribunals


Part 1 | Part 2

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