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Community Members Enjoy Lunch with Trent Experts
May 5, 2007

Featured Talks Addressed the New Reality of Climate Change

Over 130 members of the community attended the inaugural Inside Trent: Lunch with the Experts event held on Thursday, May 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront.

At the event, three experts from Trent, two professors and one undergraduate student, discussed the topic of "Climate Change: A New Reality". The experts were: Dr. Chris Furgal, a professor of the Indigenous Studies Department and the Environmental and Resource Studies program at Trent and the co-lead author of the International Arctic Science Committee-directed "Arctic Climate Impact Assessment"; Dr. Christine Freeman-Roth, a philosophy professor who is well-versed on the environmental ethics of climate change; and Robert Tookoome, an Inuit student who has seen first-hand the alarming consequences of climate change in Canada’s north.

"Climate change is now considered the biggest environmental crisis of our time. Its effects are no longer simply projected for the future, but rather they are being documented by scientists and communities today," said Dr. Furgal, who presented his research on climate change and the human impacts in the arctic. "It is becoming an increasingly important social responsibility for us as citizens to learn what we can do to minimize our contribution to the problem."

Professor emeritus and former Peterborough MP Peter Adams emceed the event, which was sponsored by the Trent University Legacy Society.

For more information on the event, and to view copies of the experts’ presentations, visit the Inside Trent website.

The new Inside Trent: Lunch with the Experts series has been launched as a community outreach event, designed to bring Trent’s experts to the community to facilitate a sharing of knowledge on topical subjects. This event will be held on an annual basis.