George McRobie Lecture
Journalist Ian Petrie will present the 7th Annual George McRobie Lecture at the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell on September 28. The topic of Petrie’s presentation is “Markets Matter to the Environment.” The evening begins at 6 pm with a cash bar, followed by the lecture at 7 pm.
Ian spent 30 years with CBC reporting on rural industries and communities. He is currently a free-lance writer and media consultant. He regularly writes a column in the Island Farmer and has a blog titled Food Matters.
During his talk, Ian will speak on the consolidation that has occurred within the food retailing and processing sectors making it difficult for farmers to get a fair return. The consolidation has increased the challenges farmers face to be proper stewards of the land, putting the natural resources we all depend on at risk. He will offer suggestions about what consumers and citizens can do to give farmers markets they can count on, and fairer prices. He believes we all have a role to play in maintaining our rural communities, including giving the new generation of small-scale farmers a chance at some income security. He will discuss the recent debates about trade deals and why it's important to fight for supply management.
This special lecture series is named in honour of Dr. George McRobie. Dr. McRobie was one of the world’s leading proponents of sustainable agriculture and appropriate small-scale technology. He was a close friend and colleague of the radical economist E.F. Schumacher, whose landmark book Small Is Beautiful made such an impact in the latter part of the 20th century.
Dr. Eric Green Lecture + Workshop
With Dr. Peter Denton
September 28 (lecture)
September 29 (workshop)
The 2018 the Dr. Eric Green Memorial Lecture is Living Close to Home: Local Choices for a Sustainable Future which will be presented by Dr. Peter Denton at 7:30 pm September 28 at Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 329, UPEI, Charlottetown. It’s co-sponsored by UPEI Environmental Studies program and the Kirk of St. James. Dr. Peter Denton chairs the Policy Committee of Manitoba’s Green Action Centre and is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada, and a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press on environmental issues and an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He is the author of Live Close to Home (2016); Technology and Sustainability (2014); and Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World (2012).
Dr. Denton will also present a discussion on this same topic as a workshop which will allow participants to explore how better personal choices, close to home, can lead to a sustainable future. It takes place September 29 from 9 am to 2 pm at Kirk of St. James Hall, 35 Fitzroy St., Charlottetown. This free workshop will include a light lunch, and all are welcome. Preregistration is appreciated by calling 902-892-2839 or at kirkstjames.ca.