EcoSociety Rivers at Risk event

EcoSociety Rivers at Risk event
Tuesday June 1st  , 7:00pm
Capitol Theatre (241 Victoria St.)
Admission by donation to cover event costs

On Tuesday June 1st the EcoSociety will be hosting an event entitled ‘Saving Kootenays Rivers from a Power Gold Rush’ in partnership with the Wilderness Committee.  Speakers include Rex Wyler, co-founder of Greenpeace and spokesperson from B.C. Citizens for Public Power, Gwen Barlee and Joe Foy from the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Gary Diers, an organic farmer who lives near Glacier and Howser Creeks, and Raelynn Gibson, the EcoSociety Conservation Coordinator.

Together the speakers will cover the big picture of power and sustainability, the recent history of power development in B.C., including the impacts of the Clean Energy Act which was released in April. There will also be an update on the Glacier and Howser creeks and how residents can respond effectively to projects that put Kootenay rivers at risk.

Each speaker will present for about 10-15 minutes and a question and answer period will follow. For more information contact Raelynn Gibson at 25-354-1909, or via email at Hope to see you there!

Speaker Bios
Rex Weyler, Communications and Research Support, BC Citizens for Public Power
Rex Weyler is a passionate advocate for the protection of B.C.’s wilderness, wildlife, and public power. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace International and author of nine books, including Greenpeace: The Inside Story. In 2005, he received a Social Justice Award from the Urban Environmental Policy Center in Los Angeles recognizing his lifetime achievements.

Gwen Barlee, Policy Director, Wilderness Committee
Gwen Barlee’s diverse education and experience includes social work, film production, and web development, and she is a past executive team member of the Victoria chapter of the Council of Canadians. For the last several years she has focused on protecting B.C.’s rivers from private power development.

Joe Foy, Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
Joe Foy has been the driving force behind many of the Wilderness Committee’s campaigns to successfully protect spectacular areas, including the Elaho Valley, Boise/Pinecone-Burke, and the Stein, Carmanah and Lower Walbran Valleys. His passion for the wild shines through in his speeches.

Gary Diers, Organic farmer, Argenta
Gary has lived in Argenta for over 30 years. He is an avid hiker and photographer of the spectacular wild areas of the Kootenays. He lives near Glacier and Howser Creeks and has been active in the campaign to protect them since the beginning. He has been active in the environmental movement and is incredibly familiar with the wilderness of the Kootenays.