Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pangea Day

Pangea Day

Pangea Day is this coming Saturday, 10 May 2008 at 18:00 GMT. The 24 films chosen out of more than 2,500 entries from over 100 countries will start broadcasting in the Philippines at 2:00 a.m. In Tucson, Arizona, the showing starts at 11:00 a.m.

Pangea is the brainchild of noted filmmaker Jehane Noujaim who won the TED Prize (annual Technology, Environment, and Design conference) in 2006. The annual TED Prize is worth $100,000 and a ‘wish’ that TED organizers assist in fulfilling. Ms. Noujaim’s ‘wish’ was for the whole world to get together through film.

Her 2006 wish is now about to become a reality.

Her vision inspired so many groups, organizations, corporations, and individuals. In over 180 countries, there will be Pangea Day gatherings and showings. What’s notable about Pangea Day?

Pangea Day and the films underscores the transformative power of:

  • Creativity- film, music, the written and spoken word
  • The beauty of Earth
  • Love, friendship, peace
  • The struggle over the evil, injustice, and violence in the world
  • The enduring notion and reality of community, from local to global to local and the power of ONE global family
  • Culture, acceptance and embracement of diversity and our own uniqueness as individuals and as a member of a community
  • Wisdom and knowledge and learning
  • Convergence of science, spirit, and art, as well as people, talent, time, and resources

Pangea comes from two Greek words: Pan meaning entire and Gaia, meaning earth. Pangea is the hypothesis that the all the continents once constituted a single supercontinent about 250 million years ago. German astronomist and meteorologist Alfred L. Wegener first proposed (1912) this continental drift theory and suggested the term Pangea.

The metaphor of an original wholeness now separated, but whose configurations complement each other is a powerful one for humanity.

Watch the film. Get inspired. Love deeply and ACT (excuse the pun)!

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