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Earth Day Conference and Celebration PDX- PCC

Posted on 19 April 2012 by Jason

The Earth Day Conference 2012: The Next Seven Generations, co-sponsored by the Earth and Spirit Council and Portland Community College (PCC), will be held April 20-21 at PCC’s Sylvania Campus.
This regional conference unites youth, elders and all those in between around a common vision for our planet. The educational focus will be enhanced by ceremony and artistic contributions to help achieve the international goal of registering A Billion Acts of Green.
On Friday night, April 20, noted elders will respond to the central conference question, “What gives us hope and heart to keep working on what is best for our Earth in the face of difficult changes?” Friday evening’s free opening ceremony includes the lighting of an outdoor ceremonial fire and Native American and African drumming.
Guest panelists will conduct three-hour intensive workshops on Saturday exploring issues of sustainability and how indigenous wisdom is relevant to the problems and solutions of today. Saturday’s schedule will also feature over twenty 75-minute workshops hosted by environmental, tribal and spiritual leaders offering a wide variety of educational, hands-on activities that focus on the connections between environmental and spiritual challenges. Sessions will be interactive and participatory, with an emphasis on bringing together the wisdom of elders with the enthusiastic energy of youth. The free closing ceremony will include a student-led Pacific Northwest version of the Council of All Beings with local artists and Elders.

A full list of workshops, registration and membership information is available at earthandspirit.org.

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