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April 16th 2011
"Create a bold new future for Maggie" tomorrow

Chris Le Breton Tomorrow, an unusual symposium called, “Creating a bold future for Maggie,” which speaker, former London Liberal Democratic Candidate, Chris Le Breton says, is about moving people from cynicism and depression about the state of the world to hope and optimism” will be held at the all seasons hotel in Nelly Bay.

The event is part of a world wide tour series called Awakening the Dreamer” by a group known as Bike the Earth, (click here) one of whom, is Chris Le Breton, who has been riding his bicycle just under 5000kms from Melbourne and bringing with him a message to link and inspire communities along the way.

Chris Le Breton is originally South African but could easily be described as a world citizen having lived in 91 countries. He was environmental advisor to the European Community in Brussels for 15 years before running unsuccessfully as a Liberal Democrat candidate to represent London in the British elections last year.

Chris told Magnetic Times, “We are on the cusp of humanity’s finest hour. We are just beginning to treat Earth as a home and not some place to trash. People are waking up.”

Chris was expecting Australia to be a difficult destination for his message but said, “There are fantastic things happening here.”

Chris Walton, Managing Director of Landmatters, Currumbin Eco Village said “The symposium was extraordinary: delivering a very necessary message... with all attendees being moved and motivated to take action... This symposium is what the world needs – information, connection, motivation and sustainable community in action itself. ”

Chris was on his way to Darwin when he Googled Townsville and came across Magnetic Islander leon Van Wyk, “A young permaculture activist” who invited Chris to the Island where he held a symposium some weeks ago and, at the behest of others who attended, decided to stay on and hold another symposium (tomorrow).

Chris Le Breton sees Magnetic Island and its major supermarkets as hugely reliant on food and groceries coming in to the Island which are dependent on cheap oil. “This can’t go on with increasing fuel and higher food prices. The Island is in a fantastic situation with land to grow a lot more food and be less wasteful,” he said.

Chris’s aim for tomorrow is to “move people from cynicism and depression to hope and optimism.”

“How” he asks, “can such a clever species get into our (environmental and economic) predicament?”

Chris also believes that the approach harnesses the best elements of indigenous knowledge with the creative drive of western civilisation.

If you would like to know more about Chris’s vision for the planet and his organisations successes in connecting communities around the world, the symposium starts at 10am and runs until 5pm tomorrow at all seasons on Mandalay Ave in Nelly Bay. Lunch and refreshments will be served and the organisers are seeking a donation of $25 ($15 cons).

Ticketsare available fro all seasons, Sunbirdz, and the Arcadia Store. For more information about tomorrow's symposium contact Leon Van Wyk (here)

Story: George Hirst

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Barbara Gibbs
April 16th 2011
This is a good thing for the island...I have long been advocating that there are far too many useless, toxic products brought to the island and taking up several aisles in the supermarkets, and the sad thing is, all the containers have to be returned to the mainland for processing, and the contents cause pollution of our waters and soils. When are we as an ISLAND, going to realise we have to change our habits and forget the bad living habits that were used in the dirty cities???

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