Author, journalist, environmentalist and sustainability expert, Chris Turner is sharing the lessons he learned during a year-long investigation into global sustainable practices in “The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need” held Wednesday, April 7 at The University of Western Ontario.
The event is sponsored by the McConnell Family Foundation and the Global and Ecosystem Health Interest Group at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, in partnership with The Centre for Environment and Sustainability.
It will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the University Community Centre Room 146. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Turner went on a global mission to find the answer to this question: “Would this – this place, this machine, this social system or way of life – be capable of continuing on its present course for the foreseeable future without exhausting the planet’s ability to sustain human life at something like the current population and quality of life?”
The result of his year-long investigation is a survey of global sustainable practices and the lessons to be learned. The Geography of Hope breathes new life into our planet’s future and offers a patchwork map of available solutions to the potential threat of catastrophic climate change. Turner makes an argument for a new environmentalism that replaces fear with exuberance. His is the voice of hope in a chorus of recriminations and doom.
Turner writes a monthly feature series on sustainability for The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the highly acclaimed, international bestseller Planet Simpson: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (2004).
His magazine writing – mostly for the late Shift Magazine – has earned him four Canadian National Magazine Awards, including the 2001 President’s Medal for General Excellence (the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing). His writing and reporting on culture, technology and the environment have also appeared in The Toronto Star, The Independent (UK), Time Magazine, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Azure and Utne Reader.