These are the questions at the heart of today's discussion during the Centre for Local Prosperity '2020 'Pandemic and Climate Crisis, and the Uncertain Future of Local Prosperity' virtual #ThinkersRetreat.
Opening presentations by Guest Thinkers and Thinkers today are:
Yuill Herbert, Sustainability Solutions Group - Energy
Phil Ferraro, The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd - Food
Yuill has been a Sustainability Solutions Group Principal for over 17 years. He pioneered land-use and GHG emission planning in Canada, helped introduce the LEED for Homes rating system in Canada and co-developed the Integrated Design Process course used throughout Canada and the US. Yuill has worked on and led more than forty community energy and GHG plans and models across Canada. He has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation systems modelling that incorporates energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.
Phil Ferraro and his wife, Nancy Willis, founded The Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. with a mission to help, ‘Restore Community, Protect the Land and Inform the Earth’s Stewards.” Phil is also a founding member of the Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network, a board of director of Gifts from the Heart Inc. and an advisor to the Centre for Local Prosperity. Phil is a certified Permaculture Designer with a masters degree, in Social Ecology. He graduated from the Institute for Social Ecology (under Murray Bookchin), and established one of the premier certified organic farms in Nova Scotia. Phil led the creation of the PEI Farm Centre’s ‘Legacy Garden’, one of Canada’s largest urban farms. He is the director of a new pilot program, ‘Engaging Youth in the Era of Climate Change.’
A resource guidebook for how communities in our region, and globally, can best prepare and manage through potential collapse and a public webinar is being planned for the summer with details to follow soon.