Youth environmentalism is not a new phenomenon. For decades, our youth have assertively challenged rigid political views in order to make a difference. What is new, is the sense of urgency our young people are feeling around making significant change to address the challenges of climate change.
Following a keynote address by Elizabeth May, each of four panel speakers will offer their perspectives on what we can do as individuals to address the urgency of climate change.
Elizabeth May is the Green Party of Canada’s first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. From 2006-2019, she served as the leader of the Green Party of Canada; a period in which she was the only female leader of a federal political party. Elizabeth practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment (1986-1988). In 1989, and for the next seventeen years, Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement.
Growing up in Bella Bella, Megan spent time with her family out on the ocean learning about her ancestral territory and Heiltsuk culture and traditions. She has worked hard to bring light to issues facing her community. Megan was elected as a Heiltsuk Tribal Councillor in the summer of 2018, and is the daughter of a Hereditary Chief.
Ines is a grade 11 student at St. Margaret's School, and is the co-chair of St. Margaret's School Green Club, where she helps to streamline the recycling program and support education on the climate crisis. A finalist in the 2019 International Schools Essay Competition for the International Schools Debates and Children’s Conference, Ines believes that “the time for action is now.”
Vicky Husband is an internationally renowned forest and marine conservation advocate, and passionate defender of B.C.'s natural heritage. Vicky is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of BC and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria for her volunteer conservation work in BC.
Larisa has worked in many areas of environmental management with the CRD, including the infamous wastewater treatment plant soon to be commissioned at McLoughlin Point. Larisa currently has responsibility for the Harland landfill, regional recycling and solid waste planning, climate action, environmental education, as well as potable water quality and conservation.
Following the formal presentations, guests will have the opportunity to have coffee, visit exhibitor displays and gather information about their products, services, and/or initiatives. By the end of the forum, participants will have been exposed to new ideas and will be inspired to make changes in their personal lives and in the communities in which they live.
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