TALL Lecture Series: Still Hopeful--Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:15am EST
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Starting Wednesday, November 3, our fall/winter TALL Thunder Bay series explore the dilemma of Climate ACTION: What/Now? Five Canadian experts will join us to discuss what climate action is and what we can do as a society in the face of a climate crisis.

Date(s): Wednesdays

Time: 9:30 am to 11:15 am

Price: $59 (plus HST)

Maude Barlow holds a sign that says Protect our Water

Dr. h.c. Maude Barlow
Wednesday, Dec. 1

How do we remain hopeful when we are bombarded with daily messages of crisis, including out-of-control wildfires, rising oceans, disappearing watersheds, and extinction of species? How do we remain optimistic as violence rises in many parts of the world, and when historic crimes against First Nations are being uncovered here in our own country? And how do we stay positive while we also living through the greatest global pandemic in a century? We could be forgiven for giving up on hope. But Maude is filled with hope and believes that there are many exciting developments and projects in Canada and around the world that are leading to a positive future and much to be thankful for. She will share a number of key new international commitments on climate, water, soil and forest restoration, and regenerative agriculture in this lecture, as well as hopeful signs of real progress here in Canada.

Maude Barlow is a Canadian activist and author. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and Ottawa-based Blue Plant Project. Co-founder of the Council of Canadians, she is the recipient of 14 honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”). She has served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations, and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 19 books, including her latest, Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking Water Protection into Public Hands (2019).