Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.
- Location: Lilburn, Georgia, United States
- Primary Language: English
- Facilitator Since: 2016
- Website: Earth, Spirit, Action
As a Facilitator, I am Committed to
- Symposium Presenter
My Upcoming Events
Practicing Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Decatur, Georgia, United States
Fri. Oct 27, 2017 - Sat. Oct 28, 2017
I've been a Facilitator since 2016. I have delivered 3 events with a total of 50 attendees.
For years, I have been an avid reader of environmental publications, recycled, sent e-mails about conservation to my elected officials, and strived to live lightly on the earth. In 2006, while watching An Inconvenient Truth, I learned about the possible widespread effects of global climate change, and realized this was not enough. I have since dedicated myself to helping to create a life-sustaining society.
I am currently leader of the Earth Care Team at Unity Atlanta and member of the Unity Worldwide Ministry Earth Care Team and the Education Committee of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. In addition, I head up the PTA Green Team at my children's school. I teach workshops on sustainability, Awakening the Dreamer, and The Work That Reconnects.
Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator
The most powerful moments for me are when people realize that their personal health and planetary health are interconnected, because then the conversation transcends the divisive stories that we have been told and there is an emerging sense of oneness and awareness of the possibility of a world that works for all.
Events I've hosted as a facilitator:
- I hosted a Local Community Group Event in Decatur on October 15, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Decatur on August 26, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Decatur on August 6, 2017
If I could change the world
There are so many things that I would change, but if I had to pick one I would say that I would change the view of nature as a commodity to seeing nature as having rights, like they have done in Ecuador. "The Ecuadorian Constitution includes a Chapter: Rights for Nature. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, Rights for Nature articles acknowledge that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. And we – the people – have the legal authority to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as the defendant."
Beyond protecting nature, this would be beneficial for all living creatures and lead to a more "environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."
This is who inspires me
I have been deeply influenced by the work of Joanna Macy and am very grateful to have learned from her directly at a retreat at The Rowe Center in Massachusetts in September 2016.
“The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you're worrying about whether you're hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you're showing up, that you're here and that you're finding ever more capacity to love this world because it will not be healed without that. That was what is going to unleash our intelligence and our ingenuity and our solidarity for the healing of our world.” - Joanna Macy
Experiences I'm proud of
What I'm passionate about
I am passionate about empowering people to realize that their actions make a difference and encouraging them to "find the good." When we feel overwhelmed, or even paralyzed by the number of choices we make on any given day, we need to remember that change is not about perfection; it is about finding the good that we can do each day to heal the planet. By finding the good in ourselves, in others, and in the daily choices that we make, we play a vital role in creating a more healthy, peaceful and sustainable future.