On May 27th and 28th, 2016 join other community members and world renowned experts at the 4th Muskoka Summit on the Environment. The Summit, entitled Solutions for a Warming World, will explore local, regional and national solutions for climate change.
Climate change has been happening for many decades and is now becoming apparent in people’s daily lives. Muskoka cannot prevent climate change, although every one of us, by making various changes in our lives, can participate in the global effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases – the primary cause of climate change at the present time.
The good news is that climate change in Muskoka, while substantial, is unlikely to create insurmountable problems. The better news is that while there will be a number of negative impacts on our environment and our lives, we have sufficient understanding of the causes and processes involved, plus the relevant skills to plan for and implement adaptive responses that will minimize these impacts. The still better news is that with community-wide commitment to forward planning and timely action, we should be able to adapt effectively to the new world that is coming while keeping costs manageable. This Summit will start that community-wide process.
Six internationally renowned speakers will address the topic from different perspectives. The Summit will feature a panel discussion moderated by CBC Radio’s Paul Kennedy involving all six speakers. Segments of the panel discussion will be broadcast on the CBC show Ideas later in 2016.
“We need to build a vision of transforming Canada to a truly sustainable economy through fiscal and policy reforms,” states one of the speakers, Dr. Stewart Elgie, Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment and founder of Sustainable Prosperity. What would that look like in Muskoka?
In his recent book The New Entrepreneur, fellow speaker Andrew Heintzman, CEO and co-founder of InvestEco Capital, profiles enterprises that are developing cutting-edge, clean-tech products and innovations for export to an expanding global market. InvestEco is the first venture capital company in Canada to be exclusively focused on environmental companies and sectors. Are there local entrepreneurs that would benefit by developing a partnership with InvestEco? Attend the Summit and find out if you can sell your idea.
There is also more going on at the 2016 Muskoka Summit on the Environment than just our speaker sessions; there are opportunities for students, researchers, businesses and artists to highlight their work, as well. Register at www.muskokasummit.org before April 1st for early-bird discounts and a chance to win an annual family membership to the Royal Ontario Museum.