International Awakening Festival Set for June 18
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Event Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Historic Pesticide Ban in Hudson
The SafeLawns Foundation is proud to announce its participation in the international Awakening Festival slated for Hudson, Quebec, on June 18.
The first-of-its-kind event, with speakers from across the United States and Canada, will focus on human and planetary health, with a special emphasis on ways to make positive impacts in local communities.
“It’s our goal to create an unforgettable experience full of love, wisdom, creative expression and joy to unite and inspire a community toward positive transformation and purpose,” said event founder Lianne Bridges.
She said she selected Hudson, Quebec, for the event for its long history of cultural awareness. Situated on the southwest bank of the Ottawa River, about 35 miles west of Montreal, the town is best known as the site of North America’s first-ever ban on the application of lawn and garden pesticides on May 5, 1991.
Keynote speaker Paul Tukey, the founder of the SafeLawns Foundation and executive producer of a film about the town (www.chemicalreactionmovie.com), said Hudson has inspired his personal motivation to speak out against pesticides for the past 15 years.
“I believe that Hudson, Quebec, is probably the best single example of what community action can accomplish,” said Tukey. “Activism starts with one voice and, if successful, inspires a full-blown revolution.”
Other presenters include American landscape designer Ted Carter, co-author of Reunion: How we heal our Broken Connection to the Earth, along with his co-writer, Ellen Gunter,a journalist and spiritual director. Others include: Stéphane Bensoussan, a holistic health & educational psychologist; Martine Irman, a senior executive at TD Bank Group; and Stephen Schettini, an author and meditation expert.
For more information, visit: http://www.awakeningfestival.org/.