Symposium introduces Tucsonans to alliance ideals

By ANA RAMIREZ

aztecpress@pima.edu

A Tucson mother and her 6-year-old son ventured out to sell organic eggs to their neighbors. The mother met a woman with a friendly aura who told them about an alliance that shares their idealistic beliefs.

The friendly woman was Pamela Jay, who introduced many other Tucsonans to the Pachamama Alliance during a symposium, “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream,” at Circle Tree Ranch Amity Foundation on April 8.

The southern-style room was filled with conversations of students and other concerned citizens discussing environmental issues affecting them and the rest of the world.

The symposium’s purpose was to bring participants into “that state of blessed unrest where people realize that there is a lot more possibility and a lot more hope and a lot more creative action being taken around the world,” Jay said with a smile.

She would like to be part of the largest social movement in the history of human kind, Jay said, “bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time.”

The Pachamama Alliance started in 1995 when the Archuar people, an indigenous tribe in Ecuador, reached out to the industrial world for help in saving the rainforest and their traditional way of life.

“The movement is humanity’s immune response to resist and to heal political disease, economic infection and ecological corruption caused by ideologies,” said Rob Hopkins, a speaker in a film that was shown during the event.

“This is fundamentally a civil rights movement, a human rights movement,” Hopkins said. “This is a democracy movement, it is the coming world.”

Points made in the film included:

  • Poverty is increasing the gap between poor and rich.
  • Thirty percent of the world’s arable land has been destroyed in the past 30 years.
  • More and more animals are becoming extinct.
  • The rate of cancer is increasing.

 

The day after Easter, Tucson’s Reid Park is filled with trash, marring an otherwise beautiful landscape. Photo by Ana Ramirez.

 

People who are consciously aware of their surroundings and environmental enthusiasts are become increasingly concerned, and forming together to make a difference.

Volunteers around the world conduct Pachamama Alliance symposiums to inform their communities.

“I think oftentimes, people are motivated and they are seeing some things and hearing some things in a way that they didn’t think about before,” Jay said.

“I think it plants a seed of some kind in everyone that is thought-provoking, motivating and inspiring,” she added. “At some point, perhaps today or tomorrow, that seed will germinate.”

Jessica West-Paul, an environmental science major at the University of Arizona, said she enjoyed finding out about the diverse communities involved. She also appreciated “all the hope there is for the things I believe and feel are the most important part of life.”

People don’t realize “their impact on the world, their wastefulness,” she added, noting that people often buy things because they think it will make them happy, but it doesn’t.

Members of the Pachamama Alliance seek to spread the word, and let others know they are not alone. There are thousands of groups around the world fighting for the same cause.

“Our team would very much like to make ourselves available to present this to your schools, your communities, your churches, your clubs, your organizations,” Jay said. “We make ourselves available to present this particular symposium to help waken people to another possibility.”

For more information, contact Pamela Jay at 749-5980, ext. 252, or e-mail her at pjay@amityfdn.org. To learn more about the Pachamama Alliance, visit pachamama.org.

FYI

  • If everyone in the world lived like the United States, we’d need five earths to survive.
  • In 50 years, there is a good chance that half of all species will be extinct.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour.
  • Five patches of plastic in the ocean are double the size of Texas.

Source: Pachamama Alliance

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