Juliana Barnard believes positive change can come out of an event being held in Truro this weekend.
The Cobequid Climate Summit, hosted by the Living Earth Council, is taking place at Forrester Hall, Nova Scotia Community College, on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1-4 p.m.
“This is for everyone who would like some clear information about climate change,” said Barnard. “We’ll be focusing on positive solutions that are doable as individuals or a community. It’s important to look at positive, realistic solutions. Coming together is powerful too.”
Barnard got involved in in environmental action after reading a column, by Gwynne Dyer, in the Truro Daily News.
“After I read it I was beset by a feeling of needing to do something,” she said. “I wrote to him and he wrote back, suggesting political action.”
In 2007, she and some other concerned people formed the Living Earth Council (LEC).
“I feel there’s a lot more interest and energy around climate now,” she said. “If feel, in this area there’s a sense of community and of people knowing the importance of coming together for a common goal. Coming together is powerful and it’s fun.”
The summit will include three brief presentations, addressing the science of climate and how people can affect change, and myth-busting.
“We want to provide simplified information, because there’s so much available it can be overwhelming,” said Barnard. “It will be interspersed with conversation and there will be café style conversation afterwards.”
Because people who attend events are often left unsure of what their next steps should be, the LEC plans to hold regular get togethers to keep things moving. These events will be held at the Truro library from 1-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month