“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it.” That’s a quote from David Suzuki who is coming to Trail on May 1, 2020 to speak at a public event at the Trail Memorial Centre.
An evening with David Suzuki – ‘Human impact on our environment’ will feature his observations about our collective impact on the environment and what we need to do to address the climate crisis.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear one of Canada’s most respected scientists and environmental advocates share his insights and experiences in a no-nonsense, exciting and enlightening evening, in person. There will also be a question and answer period after his presentation.
Bill Van Beek is chair of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team Society (LCCDTS) and their sustainability committee is organizing Dr. Suzuki’s visit. “The outcome we hope to see from this event is help with building capacity in our communities to be able to address ideas of how we can have an impact on the climate crisis. This is an opportunity to us, for our communities, to take the initiative and take steps to build a stronger and more resilient economy and healthy communities,” he says.
Suzuki’s theme is the anthropocene, the current geological age when human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Humanity has experienced massive growth and change in population, science, technology, consumption and economics that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet.
Now we have to decide how we respond to the climate crisis and how we change course again to reduce our impact and achieve sustainability.
Morag Carter is executive director of the Community Skills Centre and chairs the LCCDTS sustainability committee. She worked for the David Suzuki Foundation for several years and asked him to come to Trail and speak.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Suzuki has been a passionate advocate for a healthy environment and for healthy people, especially children. We’re thrilled that he is able to come back to the Kootenays next year,” Carter says.
Suzuki will also be speaking in an exclusive engagement with grade 11 and 12 students earlier in the day. “We’re bringing 700 students and staff to the Charles Bailey Theatre from area high schools to spend time learning with Dr. Suzuki,” Carter adds.
Tickets for the evening event are available at the Charles Bailey Theatre box office and online www.trail-arts.com