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Massachusetts Climate Summer activists cycle across the state as part of a canvassing initiative to find solutions to climate change.

Photo by Jay O'Hara

In the mid-1990s, a group of indigenous Achuar elders from the Ecuadorian Amazon sought out partners from North America. They were worried about threats to their ancient way of  life and asked their partners to help “change the dream” of the north, which they say is driving the destruction of the rainforests.

The result was the Pachamama Alliance and its Awakening the Dreamer workshops, which encourage a re-examination of the values and assumptions that have led our society into social and environmental crises. Participants often turn their new insights into action. For example, the Massachusetts Climate Summer activists pictured at right are cycling across the state, discussing possibilities for a clean-energy future with those they encounter on the way.

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