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Muskoka Summit on the Environment
May 24, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Upcoming Summit looks to restore our relationship with the natural world
Join other community members and world-renowned experts at the 5th Muskoka Summit on the Environment. The Summit, entitled Restoring Our Relationship with the Natural World, will explore several perspectives on how we interact with the natural world and how to strengthen our appreciation for, and stewardship of, the biosphere.
We are currently facing global environmental issues like biodiversity loss, desertification, and pollution. As Dr. John Smol, a speaker at the Summit states “with the addition of multiple stressors like climate change, we are dealing with a far more complex problem than we initially suspected.”
Are the resources of the world just there for humans to exploit for our own benefit? Do we have a responsibility to other species on the earth? Does it matter if we lose entire ecosystems, like coral reefs, if we can create jobs? Will future generations be able to enjoy our current standard of living as the natural world continues to degrade? These are significant issues with implications that will impact both our future economy and our future lifestyles. Our current path is not sustainable, and we need to develop an ethical approach to interacting with the environment.
The Summit will explore the roots of our current relationship to nature and how we can draw on diverse worldviews to build a more balanced and ethical bond with the natural world. We will explore the role of cultures, religions and science in shaping our understanding of our place in nature. Our speakers will be highlighting unique perspectives on our relationship with the natural world and discussing possible steps towards finding solutions to our environmental problems.
The Summit will feature Dale Curd, from the CBC Television show Hello Goodbye, as moderator and will culminate in a panel session moderated by Paul Kennedy, from CBC Radio’s Ideas, featuring participation from all speakers and the audience. The Summit will also include the works of Bob Haverluck, an artist, environmental activist and theologian whose comic art can be described as whimsical, satiric and playful.
The Summit takes place May 24-25 at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge. Participation is open to all. Early bird registration ends April 30th. Learn more atwww.muskokasummit.org.