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REF NO.: 39
SUBJECT: Town hall meeting on climate change and the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador
DATE: Nov. 16
Memorial University, with the support of St. Bonaventure’s College, and facilitated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research group, For a New Earth, will host a town hall meeting on the theme What Is A Green Economy? on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The two-hour event will feature presentations by experts in ecology, economics and rural development, as well as an open forum for members of the general public to speak to the challenges facing the province as it transitions from fossil fuels to green, renewable energy in an era of global climate change.
Dr. Sean McGrath, Department of Philosophy, and director, For a New Earth, will moderate, with Dr. Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology; Dr. James Feehan, Department of Economics; and Dr. Bill Montevecchi, Department of Ocean Sciences, presenting. An open discussion will follow the presentations.
The event is designed to foster a greater dialogue among all interested parties and stakeholders concerned with the greening of the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador and is intended to create greater public awareness of the social, political and ecological complexity of renewable energy and resource development in the province.
Among the questions addressed will be: What exactly is a green economy? Who is best served by it? Who are the stakeholders in the inevitable transition from fossil fuels to renewables? What role will there be in the green economy for rural communities? How much energy do we need, and why?
What Is A Green Economy? will be held in the historic Aula Maxima of St. Bonaventure’s College, 2 Bonaventure Ave., St. John’s. Parking is available.
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