As the Earth and Spirit speakers series fast approaches we would like to give you a more background on our presenters. This week we take a look at our final two speakers Guy Dauncey & Melina Laboucan Massimo.
Guy Dauncey - Oct 21st at 7:30pm
The third speaker is Guy Dauncey who is an author, organizer and ecofuturist who " works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action".
He is the Founder and past President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and is the author of 9 book, two of which are The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming; and the award-winning Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic. From 1990 to 2012, he was editor and publisher of EcoNews, a monthly newsletter that promoted the vision of a sustainable Vancouver Island.
Guy asks "If we really understood the severity of the crisis, if we understood in our hearts the grief that our children and grandchildren will experience long after we’re gone, what would we do?"
On Oct 21st at 7:30pm he will speak on “The Song of the Universe”.
Melina Laboucan Massimo - Oct 28th at 7:30pm
The final speaker is Melina Laboucan Massimo who is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She is a long-time Indigenous and environmental activist and having grown up in the oil sands region, has "witnessed first-hand the impacts of oil sands development on her Nation’s people, culture, and land". Melina has been working as a tar sands campaigner for Greenpeace Canada since 2009 and more recently, since the tragic death of her sister, has been active in the issue of missing women. She is also both a writer and documentary film maker and has worked with many organisations such as TakingITGlobal, Redwire Native Media Society, Indigenous Media Arts Society and the Indigenous Portal.
Melina does much work raising awareness about oil sands development on Lubicon lands that are taking place without consent from the Lubicon people and in direct violations of their treaty and international human rights. She says, “Since 1978, over 14 billion dollars have been taken out of our traditional territory. Yet my family still goes without running water,” as well, “The more than 2600 oil wells on Lubicon territory make it difficult to live a healthy, traditional and sustainable lifestyle.”
Melina will give a talk on Oct 28th at 7:30pm