Participants of 2018 Climate Retreat Organized by Centre for Local Prosperity and held at Thinkers Lodge.
Phil Ferraro, a social ecologist from PEI who is Certified Sustainability and Responsibility Practitioner, started Farm Centre Legacy Garden in Charlottetown that gives away food to groups in needs, captures knowledge of old farmers and passes it on to new farmers, and he is focused on being ecologically productive. Previously, he worked at Institue for Bioregional Studies.
Betsy Allard is a speech language pathologist who develops tools for children to problem solve and develop their creative thinking. She believes that kids are innovative in developing solutions and want to be part of environmental change.She has worked on water shed issues. She helped develop Centre for Local Prosperity.
Joan Baxter studied anthropology and has pursued a career in journalism. She studied biology in Mexico and lived in Africa for 30 years where she celebrated their social and agricultural systems and wrote several books. In 2018 Joan published The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest. It explores the power that a single industry can wield. "For fifty years, the pulp mill near Pictou in northern Nova Scotia has buoyed the local economy and found support from governments at all levels. But it has also pulped millions of acres of forests, spewed millions of tonnes of noxious emissions into the air, consumed quadrillions of litres of fresh water and then pumped them out again as toxic effluent into nearby Boat Harbour, and eventually into the Northumberland Strait." She reported for BBC. She aspires to help with messaging for Climate Change.