Inanna, Sisters In Rhythm
Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist to keynote HOPE FestivalBill McKibben , author of a dozen books about the environment and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org 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 350.org 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 350.org, 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 www.peacectr.org Contact: Ilze Petersons 942-9343