May 27, 2012/01:48 PM

Cal Poly SLO Wake-Up Experience

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My name is Jose Sanchez and I’m volunteering with the Pachamama Alliance in their Communications Department. I was invited by Generation Waking Up team, which is a partner organization to the Pachamama Alliance, to help facilitate a Wake Up at my Alma Mater Cal Poly. Being a passionate Cal Poly Mustang, how could I refuse?

On the weekend of April 28th I had the distinct honor and privilege of helping the Generation Waking Up team facilitate a Wake Up. It was a beautiful way to begin unfolding the pedals of my life’s purpose surrounded by pristine and powerful natural landscapes.

California Student Sustainability Coalition in partnership with the Empower Poly Coalition put on the spring coalition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Students from UC’s, CSUs, Community Colleges, Private Universities attended and were welcomed by San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly State University and the SLO Creek Farm.

For the latest photos of the convergence, go to the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s Facebook page.

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting to hear the keynote speaker Larry Lansburgh  talk about his experiences and findings with the Achuar people of Ecuador.

It was a great introduction to Generation Waking Up’s workshop that day because our origin story comes from the Achuar people’s call to action through the Pachamama Alliance. Generation Waking Up was asked to host a workshop on Saturday that highlights our generation’s challenges and empowers youth to take action. These students are young, vibrant, passionate, motivated, and most importantly DOING something about our world’s most pressing challenges.

We need more of these doers out there making some stuff happen! What are we waiting for, the government to do something about it? Yeah right!

Thank you Generation Waking Up for the opportunity to give back to my community and most importantly to my generation.

If you are interested in getting involved, do what I did, and just jump right in. There are a variety of ways you can help, from offering your time, talents, resources and/or any other creative way to help create a thriving, just and sustainable world for our future generations.

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