Online Event, Niagara Parks
Environmental Speaker Series
Join Niagara Parks and Brock University for this online interactive event, absolutely free! Four speakers across the month of October will explore issues like climate change, sustainability and our impact on the natural environment.
Registration is required for this free event. A desktop computer, tablet or mobile device is required.
Join us as we explore environmental sustainability themes with an Indigenous leader and artist, World Wildlife Fund Canada, a Brock geographical researcher, and a modern-day wilderness explorer.
Mother Earth – We Need Her She Doesn’t Need Us October 7
Dr. Jessica Blythe
Resilience, and Climate Change in the Niagara Region October 14
Connecting the Land, Water and Climate Impact to the Region October 21
Dr. Adam Shoalts
Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic October 28
Brian Kon Mother Earth - We Need Her She Doesn’t Need Us
October 7, 7:00 PM - FREE
Brian Kon is a leader within the Metis Nation and within the local Indigenous Community. He is the Chair of Niagara Region Métis Council and sits on the Niagara Indigenous Community Advisory Board focused on reducing homelessness of Indigenous people. He is an ambassador for the Celebration of Nations, an annual Indigenous cultural celebration held in St Catharines. Brian was on the organizing committee for the Landscape of Nations – a tribute to the role Indigenous people played in the War of 1812. As a member of Landscape of Nations, Brian now is working with a dedicated team of educators, historians and community members who are re-writing the history of the War of 1812 through an Indigenous lens that will become part of school curriculum across the country.
About the session: For thousands of years the Indigenous people of Turtle Island followed the teaching of respecting and caring for Mother Earth. A heightened awareness of the changing environment has many looking back to traditional ways.
Dr. Jessica Blythe Resilience, and Climate Change in the Niagara Region
October 14, 7:00 PM - FREE
Jessica Blythe is an Assistant Professor at Brock University. Her research focuses on how communities experience environmental change and what explains their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation. She is particularly interested in building then resilience of local communities to climate change, securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and equitable collaborative forms of marine resource governance. Her empirical work has been based in Eastern Africa, Melanesia, Australia, and most recently in Southern Ontario
About the session: Dr. Blythe will discuss the grassroots film "Resilience: Transforming our Community", highlighting how climate change will affect us an what we can do about it. The film highlights local stories of more resilient ways of living, featuring people's efforts across local businesses and organizations.
Guests are invited to watch the film prior to the discussion, but it is not required to participate.
Elizabeth Hendriks Connecting the Land, Water and Climate Impact to the Region
October 21, 7:00 PM - FREE
Elizabeth has fifteen years of experience working nationally and internationally on water policy. In her capacity as Vice President of WWF-Canada's freshwater program, she led the 2017 release of Watershed Reports - the first national assessment of the health and stressors of Canada's freshwater. Building on the results of Watershed Reports, she is leading the Freshwater team in efforts to reverse the decline of freshwater ecosystems across the country with the intersection of technology, policy, and community building.
About the session: What we do on land impacts our waters and therefore collectively the regions we live in. Elizabeth, VP of Freshwater Conservation, will discuss the current impacts and threats to Canada's freshwater resources and how local impact ladders up, impacting the regions and watersheds we live in. We will explore what Canadians and citizens of Niagara can do to help address the dual crisis of biodiversity loss and climate in the context of the Great Lakes.
Adam Shoalts Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
October 28, 7:00 PM - FREE
Named one of the "greatest living explorers" (CBC, Canadian Geographic), Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer and author of the #1 national best-selling books, Alone Against the North, A History of Canada in 10 Maps, and his latest, Beyond the Trees. Shoalts is the Westaway Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and in 2016 was named a National Champion of the Trans-Canada Trial.
About the session: Shoalts will invite the audience on an adventure into the world's greatest wilderness and discuss his harrowing 4,000-km solo trek across Canada's Arctic. His lively presentation features photos and videos from his incredible adventures, including coming face-to-face with arctic wolves, crossing the world's eighth largest inland body of water, poling for days across drifting ice floes, and crossing paths with bears and musk-ox. But also the value of wild places, from the Arctic to our own backyards, and what they mean for our future.