AWAKEN PSU - free environmental event Sun 1-5:30pm

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Trailer from Pachamama Alliance on Vimeo.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Penn State will host a free public event to raise awareness and inspire action on some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The program, called Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream, will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the lower level of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at University Park.

Awakening the Dreamer is an initiative that encourages people to get together to "bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet," according to organizers. To date, millions of people across the globe have participated in Awakening the Dreamer symposiums.

"If we work together, we will come up with exactly what we need to do to create a sustainable future for all life. Together we are a genius," said Lynn Twist, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance -- the organization behind the symposium.

Through expertly-crafted video segments featuring progressive visionaries like green jobs pioneer Van Jones, eco-activist Julia Butterfly Hill, combined with live interactive, heart-centered experiences led by trained volunteer facilitators, the symposium offers a hopeful vision of economic, environmental, social and spiritual issues.

"Here at Penn State, we're doing many commendable things in terms of alternative energy research and responsible stewardship of our buildings and land," noted Nancy Franklin, director the Penn State Outreach Energy and the Environment committee. "One way we can really build on that is by reaching out to be more inclusive of the community with events like this one."



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