Chris Blake (right) explains the work of the Quesnel River Watershed Alliance to save the endangered mountain caribou living in the Quesnel Highlands and Cariboo Mountains east of Williams Lake to area resident Keely Graham

Chris Blake (right) explains the work of the Quesnel River Watershed Alliance to save the endangered mountain caribou living in the Quesnel Highlands and Cariboo Mountains east of Williams Lake to area resident Keely Graham

Symposium inspires commitment for change

About a dozen community groups set up displays for the Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium Saturday.

About a dozen community groups set up displays for the Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium and afternoon Community Sustainability Forum held Saturday at Thompson Rivers University.

There was a large turnout for the morning session with interactive video presentations on the environmental and social circumstances of the world today and what is needed to bring the Earth back into a sustainable state for all living things.

But unfortunately the sun was shining brightly in the afternoon, there was a rodeo on and it seemed that many of those from the regular public drifted off elsewhere.

Those who did stay, however, were treated to some interesting displays about what various groups in the region and beyond are doing to encourage people to live a little lighter on the planet.

After the morning session participants were given a little card to sign, if they felt so inclined, which reinforced their commitment to work toward change: “I am committed to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our times.”

Recognizing there are already thousands of groups working to create a better world, the presenters encouraged people to continue working for change with the organization of their choice.

They also talked about the “power of one” in leaders such as Mother Theresa, Gandhi and Nelson Mandala to inspire change.