Symposium on Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Community with the Pachama
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cynthia Phillips 602 501 1851
Phoenix, Arizona September 29, 2007
Environmental Sustainability Symposiums launched in
Central and Northern Arizona:
November 4th Sedona
Los Abrigados Resort
12 pm to 5pm (Symposium)
IET-Sponsored Nature Walk (9:30am 10:30am)
The Solet Initiative of Phoenix is proud to announce the Sedona kick-off of Symposiums on Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Communities: Awakening the Dreamer. The event is co-sponsored by Institute for Eco-Tourism Sustainable Arizona, Local First-Arizona, Los Abrigados Resort, and Pachamama Alliance. The half-day event is open to the public and will be held at the Los Abrigados. These symposiums are being produced across the state with strong partnerships to connect attendees with avenues for engagement. Formal program begins at 12 noon ends at 4pm. A community reception follows from 4pm to 5pm.
This forum provides an opportunity to explore some of the greatest issues of our time, concerning environment, economics, social justice, and community. Thoroughly researched and thoughtfully presented, facilitators are aided by video, graphics, and audience participation. Leading experts and contemporary thinkers featured include: Van Jones, Paul Hawken, Julia Butterfly Hill, Randy Hayes, Thomas Berry and more.
Join herbalist Diane Dearmore (IET Executive Director) at 9:30 am for an introduction to the wild native plants of Sedona and this unique High Desert region. Sample the aromas and tastes of our local edible and medicinal herbs while enjoying an early morning local hike.
The sponsors have developed this partnership to create spaces for dialogue and connection for Valley residents. We see so much in the media about Climate Change and ‘Going Green’, this event is an opportunity to learn more and take the next step for sustainability with others in the community. Symposiums are planned for Tempe, Sedona, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Parker and other communities throughout this year and 2008. The symposiums have been featured in Tucson since 2006 and hosted in Scottsdale in September.
Background: Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposiums were developed by the Pachamama Alliance of San Francisco who works with several tribes in the Amazon basin of Ecuador (the Achuar in particular). The Achuar elders requested that the Pachamama Alliance help them by helping to change the ’Dream’ of the modern industrial world- one based on boundless consumption and growth- which threatens their survival. The Pachamama Alliance created this symposium to invite participants to explore current conditions and possibilities for the future. Thousands of concerned individuals have attended the symposiums in UK, France, Belgium, Mexico, Australia, Canada and US. It is a conversation with the heart and mind not to be missed!