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Hope Festival – April 21, 2012


Inanna, Sisters In Rhythm


Bill McKibben, author and  environmentalist to keynote HOPE Festival

Bill McKibben , author of a dozen books about the environment and
founder  of the grassroots climate campaign will keynote the
free l8th annucal  HOPE Festival on Saturday, April 21st at the
University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
The free  HOPE Festival is held each year around Earth Day  to
celebrate the earth and our connections to each other. Bill McKibben
and the movement have shown the power of small groups of
individuals to creatively raise awareness globally. Recently, hundreds
answered their  call for participation in nonviolent civil
disobedience in Washington, D.C.  and more than 800,000 made  calls or
sent e-mails to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the
first book for a general audience on climate change his most recent
book is Eaarth. As founder of the grassroots climate campaign,
he has   coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time
Magazine called him ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the
Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was ‘probably the country’s most
important environmentalist.’ Schumann Distinguished Scholar at
Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges,
including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State
University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he
was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


The festival will open at 11:00 with the joyful songs of  the HOPE
Festival singers, directed by Marty Kelley and will be followed the
noon keynote talk by Bill McKibben. The amazing Zachary Field will
once again delight children of all ages with his incredible juggling
at 1:00  The soulful songs of the duo, Timbered Lake, honoring our
roots in mother earth, we will affirm our connections to each other at
2:00 p.m.  To top it all off, the pulsating rhythms of Inanna Sisters
in Rhythm  drumbeats will raise our energy and inspire on-going
efforts for a better world.


Throughout out the day more than 70 organizations will share
information about their work for a better world. There will be
t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons and crafts for sale. Children of
all ages will enjoy fund and informative  activities provided by the
Fields Pond Audubon Center, Windover Arts Center  and University of
Maine students.  HOPE Festival t-shirts will be availabe for sale
with a logo designed by artist,  Rob Shetterly and  made in the US
with union labor and printed by  Barn Owl Screenprinting (a new small
business in Bangor). In addition, there will delicious food  provided
by local vendors selling bread, cheese, wraps,  greens and more. The
festival is coordinated by the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
and co-sponsored by the Peace & Reconciliation Studies, Women’s
Studies and Women in the Curriculum and the Maine Peace Action
Committee of the University of Maine.Come for the day and enjoy the
exciting menu of, entertainment, information and inspiration. For more
information or to volunteer call 942-9343 or visit
Contact:  Ilze Petersons 942-9343

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