Community ecologist explores new avenues for sustainable living

According to David Tracey, Vancouver based writer and environmental designer, the question of our time may be: “How do we feed 9 billion people without cooking the Earth?” Tracey will explore this question in a public talk entitled ‘Feeding a Hungry Planet with Engaged Ecology’. This talk is the first of the season for the Science in Society davidtracey-4x6 copy 2Speaker Series and will be presented in conjunction with special sponsors the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan and the Sustainable Environment Network Society on Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

“There’s no simple answer to a problem as big as the world”, asserts Tracey. “But we do know it won’t be found through our current response based on political inertia, social alienation and personal depression”.  Tracey maintains that rather than wait for a miracle solution from expert authorities, a growing number of people have created their own alternatives grounded in the Earth itself. By engaging with their local environments, they are diversifying food sources, re-designing cities and perhaps even re-discovering what it means to be human, and a true citizen of a green planet.

Tracey’s articles on politics and the environment have appeared in publications around the world including the International Herald Tribune, the Economist and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto and Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for a New Food Revolution. His latest book is The Earth Manifesto: Saving Nature with Engaged Ecology.  Tracey is also the Executive Director of Tree City, a Vancouver non-profit group working on a Greenest City 2020 project to “help people and trees grow together.”

The Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College) is routinely sponsored by the Pacific Inn and Suites, Cooper’s Foods Starbucks Coffee, and the Vernon Morning Star.

Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644, or visit their website: http://www.okscience.ca/.  David Tracey’s book will be available for sale at the door. Click on the menu button above to subscribe our speaker series.

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