The 2013-2014 Raincoast Speaker Series (October 2012 - May 2013) is designed to provide public education opportunities that highlight important projects and ideas through a series of monthly lectures by some of the top environmental leaders in the region. The goal of the speaker series is to provide high-quality, inspirational events that create awareness around key environmental issues in our region. Lectures will focus on topics ranging from marine and terrestrial ecology, to environmental stewardship and sustainabilty. The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the District of Tofino and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.
Please see below for a list of our 2013/2014 speakers:
Life Without Plastic
Does the bag monster that dwells under your sink scare you? Does the idea of the Pacific Garbage Patch keep you up at night? Tired of creating so much garbage and ready to tame that unruly consumer? So many good reasons to consider reducing the amount of plastic in your life...or to go plastic free!
Going on her fourth year of living plastic-free, Taina has plenty of stories that will educate, inspire, and entertain. Taina has a Masters Degree in environmental conservation, and is the author of the popular blog Plastic Manners, as well as the Director-Producer of the upcoming film From the Waste Up. As one of the few existing speakers on the topic worldwide, her story has been featured in Canadian and international media.
Dr Briony Penn
At the Leading Edge: Clayoquot Sound and the shaping of the conservation science movement of the past century
When: Thursday, November 21st, Doors at 7:00 pm, Presentation at 7:30 pm.
Where: Darwin's Cafe (in the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy.)
Clayoquot Sound has attracted and influenced many of the leading western naturalists/scientists/environmentalists over the past 100 years, e.g., early naturalist/anthropologist Charles Newcombe, conservation biologist Annie Alexander, Ian McTaggart Cowan and Charles Guiget and the provincial museum years, marine biologist Ed Ricketts and Cannery Row, the Clayoquot Sound scientific panel and integration of traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous leadership on quantifying ecosystem services, the ever present scientist/artists, scientist/writers. Through 30 years of journalism, activism, working as a naturalist and a biographer of Ian McTaggart Cowan, Penn explores some of the ideas and people she has stumbled across that have built upon Clayoquot Sound's traditional culture of conservation, whether it is by documenting biodiversity, bringing back specimens to educational museums, creating ecological reserves, critiques of forestry, portraying conservation biology in novels or art, promoting wilderness preservation, civil disobedience, advocating alternative landuses to resource extraction, from trapping to non-timber forest products to ecotourism, reforming our economic system or enchanting the disenchanted, Clayoquot Sound has seen it all. What has worked and what hasn't, and where is the leading edge now?
Dr Briony Penn is a geographer, educator, columnist, activist, artist and historian from Salt Spring Island. For more info on Briony: http://www.thewildside.ca
Paula Wild - The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous
When: Tuesday, October 8th, Doors at 7:00 pm, Presentation at 7:30 pm.
Where: Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre (380 Campbell St)
Please join us for Paula Wild's presentation about her new book, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.
The west coast of Vancouver Island is a hot spot of cougar activity, and several stories from The Cougar take place in Tofino. The book is a blend of natural history, First Nations stories, and personal accounts. It shows how Canadians' views of cougars have changed over time, through First Nations mythology, the earliest recorded accounts of cougar attacks and the fear they provoked, stories that have come from cougars kept in captivity, or else wandering unexpectedly into cities and populated areas, as well as cougar attack hot spots, and even a cougar safety checklist. There are also some amazing photos of cougars in the book that Paula will be showcasing in her presentation. One of Paula's main points in the book is that co-existing with cougars isn't about fear, it's about education.
Please follow this link for more info on the book: http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/the-cougar