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Elizabeth May Lauds Trentís Work for the Environment
March 3, 2007

Elizabeth May, national leader of the Green Party of Canada, commended Trent University’s role in environmental research and teaching during her spirited presentation for the Climate Change Conference held at Peter Gzowski College on March 2.

"Trent is an enormous resource for Canadians who care about the environment," said Ms. May. "I’m very grateful for the work done here."

Elizabeth MayMore than 200 students and community members gathered to hear the latest id eas and solutions on climate change, described as one of the most pressing global issues of our time.

The conference succeeded in advancing the dialogue from one of raising awareness to a clear call for action, requiring the involvement of individuals, companies, and all levels of government. "The controversy over the science evidence proving climate change exists has really disappeared over the last three years," said Dr. Quentin Chiotti, air programme director of Pollution Probe. Considered one of the leading experts in environmental policy, Dr. Chiotti warned that the window of time to dramatically reduce emissions is now less than a decade. "Uncertainty is no justification for inaction," he explained.

Trent student Julian Wiersma, a first year psychology major, helped coordinate the conference by arranging for several hundred energy-efficient light bulbs to be given away to delegates. "Something has to happen," he said when asked why he got involved. "The problem is so big, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we wanted to give away light bulbs because it’s a way for people to take action, plus it symbolizes the concept of getting a brilliant idea."

Organized by the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) and the Trent Greens (the student campus riding association for the Green Party of Canada), the conference brought together a unique blend of guest speakers, including policy analysts, Trent philosophy professors, and environmentalists. The event wrapped up with a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.



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