Pamela Montanaro, M.S., coordinated the nation-wide "Freedom to Travel to Cuba" Campaign for six years, on behalf of Global Exchange and a network of fifty other U.S. civil liberties, human rights, humanitarian, academic, environmental, and solidarity organizations.
Ms. Montanaro has thirty years of experience in Latin America solidarity movements, working first in New England for Clergy and Laity Concerned, and then on the West Coast for Global Exchange.
She is the co-founder of the Eco Cuba Network, promoting interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmental scientists, along with Global Exchange Board member, Dr. Michele Frank, M.D.; Laurie Stone, M.S., of Solar Energy International, Catherine Murphy, M.S., of The Literacy Project, and Rachel Bruhnke, M.S., Environmental Engineer. Pamela Montanaro is available to speak about:
- Eco Cuba Network: the extraordinary struggles and successes of Cuba's environmental scientists in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and how U.S. environmentalists can support them and learn from their experiences
- Freedom to Travel to Cuba Campaign: how U.S. citizens can get involved in the struggle for our right to travel to Cuba, the only country in the world to which we, as U.S. citizens, are denied our constitutional right to travel.
In its 2006 Sustainability Index Report, the World Wildlife Fund, utilizing a combination of the United Nations Human Development Index (a measure of how well a nation is meeting its nutrition, water, health care, and education needs, etc.) and the Ecological Footprint, (a nation's natural resource use per capita), determined that there is only one nation in the world that is currently living sustainably -- and that nation is CUBA.
How did Cuba, a small island nation of 11,000,000 people, struggling with issues of poverty, the U.S. embargo, and devastating annual hurricanes, achieve this extraordinary distinction? And what can environmentalists in the U.S. learn from Cuba's struggles and successes?
Pamela Montanaro looks forward to talking with interested audiences about this phenomenon.
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Pam, please email her at pam@globalexchange [dot] org