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International Awakening Festival Set for June 18



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 (, 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.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Margot Mann

    I’m so glad you are to be the Keynote speaker at Hudson’s International Awakening Festival Paul. Meant to be.. I hope your visit to BC will go well too and you find a very receptive audience here in Canada. BC is a great Province to start with, Alberta needs more of Paul Tukey but we here in Ontario are (mostly) on board with what you have to say and how you say it. Your timely voice on the right way to go forward for our world on this issue is much appreciated by this native of Canada’s capital Ottawa. Thank you. Any plans to visit here?

    • Paul Tukey

      Thanks, Margot. The closest I’ll be in at least the immediate future is the Hudson event in June. That can change at any moment, though. People invite us to speak somewhere almost every day!


  • Lianne Bridges

    We are looking forward to you being a special part of the festival.
    Thank you,

  • Stephen Schettini

    Hi Paul: I look forward to meeting you here in Hudson, where I’m launching a campaign to reduce noise pollution and hope to get some pointers from you.

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