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Gord Miller, former Ontario Environmental Commissioner, to speak in Thedford

Earth Rises II features former Environmental Commissioner

The former Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, is to speak in Thedford (south of Grand Bend) on Friday, October 20, 2017. His topic is what we can do about the climate crisis. He is featured at the Earth Rises II event. It takes place at the Legacy Centre in Thedford at 7 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments are to be available. 

The Lakeshore Eco-Network is presenting Earth Rises II. The network is hosting the event with support from the Municipality of Lambton Shores, Grand Bend Community Foundation, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, Rotary Club of Grand Bend, and West Coast Lions Club.

“With the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey fresh in our minds, it’s hard not to feel discouraged about the reality of climate change,” said Pat Morden, Chair of the Lakeshore Eco-Network. “But we do have an opportunity to act and, together, make a difference … and we must.”

The first Earth Rises took place three years ago (in 2014) at the Huron Country Playhouse near Grand Bend. That first event featured a Climate Reality speaker and a panel of scientists discussing the climate crisis. People left that first event with more awareness of climate change but they wanted to know what they could do about it, according to the Chair of the Lakeshore Eco-Network. “Now we’re going to focus on positive action – what we can do as individuals and as a community to slow climate change and protect our air and water,” said Morden. 

Miller served as Environmental Commissioner from 2000 to 2015. In that role, he issued annual reports calling provincial governments to account when he felt they had not lived up to their own commitments to address air and water problems and the climate change issue.

Miller has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Plant Ecology from the University of Guelph. He worked for 14 years with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (now the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) before becoming Environmental Commissioner. He also helped set up the advocacy organization Ontario Public Interest Group Guelph. 

To find out more, visit Lakeshore Eco-Network on Facebook or contact Pat Morden at pat@morcom.on.ca.