Green Party leader will discuss climate change during BU visit

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Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May will discuss climate change and take part in a question-and-answer session when she visits Brandon University (BU) for a public talk on Friday, March 15.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May will speak at the Brodie building on Friday, March 15.

May’s lecture, “One Point Five to Stay Alive: Finding Honest Hope in Dangerous Times,” will take place at 2 p.m., in Room 4-47 of the John R. Brodie Science Centre. The talk looks at a recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The expansive report examines how limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C, rather than 2 degrees C , will significantly reduce the environmental impact of climate change. May will also discuss Canada’s response to climate change.

May’s appearance is presented by the Departments of Economics, Political Science and History, as well as the student-led BU Politics Society. The Offices of the Dean of Arts and the Vice-President (Academic & Provost) have also provided support.

“It is rare to have the opportunity to welcome the leader of a national political party to speak on campus,” said Dr. Allison McCulloch of BU’s Department of Political Science. “A collaborative effort between departments has made this possible, and I’m pleased that we have students taking an active interest in bringing events like this to BU. I believe that any students, faculty, staff or members of the public who listen to Ms. May speak will find her lecture to be very worthwhile.”

May is the Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, she has practiced law and has authored eight books. She has been an active environmentalist since the 1970s and was the longtime Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada before becoming the leader of the Green party in 2006.


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