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Despair or Hope? Confronting the Global Ocean Crisis

Despair or Hope? Confronting the Global Ocean Crisis, An interactive round-table and Memorial University Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability event.

Newfoundlanders have lived through the impacts of a local ecological collapse. For many here, the ocean is intimately tied to our identity. Yet the ocean's health and sustainability of many global fisheries are in peril. Do we face this with hope or despair? Where does science fit in? What relationship to the ocean do we want to leave our children?

Join a prize-winning environmental journalist, the moderator of the United Church of Canada, a scientist, and a historian for a highly interactive exploration of how we can bridge the world-views of the citizen, activist, and scientist and empower action to ensure the oceans are ecologically sustained and treated with respect.

Where: Junior common room, Gushue Hall, Memorial University of

When: 2:30 to 5:00 pm, Sunday Nov. 6th.

Parking: along Irwin's Rd, in front of Gushue Hall, and overflow in Area 15, near the music school.

Roundtable resource members:

Alanna Mitchell, Canadian environmental journalist and author.

Dr. Mitchell's book, "Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis," made her the first Canadian recipient of the Grantham Prize, the world's largest award for excellence in environmental journalism. Her literary non-fiction wins praise for its ability to describe complex ideas in plain language. Dr. Mitchell's subjects are science, education and human behaviour and she is known for her strong narrative style.

Mardi Tindal, Moderator of The United Church of Canada

Ms. Tindal is well known for addressing climate and ocean change as spiritual concerns. In a recent Toronto Star article, Stephen Scharper wrote, "Tindal, who attended the 2009 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, has been a compelling religious voice around climate change, noting that we are "ethically obliged" to take responsibility for our human-created climate crisis."


Ratana Chuenpagdee, Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development

Dr. Chuenpagdee is interested in interdisciplinary research that addresses issues related to interconnectivity and interdependency between natural and human systems. Her main research topics are fisheries and ocean governance, resource sustainability and community development.

Sean Cadigan, Professor, Department of History

Dr. Cadigan's research interests include the social and ecological history of fishers and fishing communities and the development of fisheries science. He studies management and development policies in cold-ocean coastal areas, and is working on the history of labour relations in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry.