September 25, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Virtual powered by EventStream
On the heels of Covid-19, the entire globe is facing another dilemma, that of climate change. There is one leading answer, the global bioplan. The parameters of this bioplan involve positive action from the entire human family. Acclaimed botanist, medical biochemist and author, Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger will explain the science behind this bioplan in simple layman’s terms. Once understood and enacted, we will never return to the darkness of this year, 2020. This talk will be moderated by Daniel Coleman PhD.
Scientist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger possesses a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of the knowledge and methods of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources. She works to bring a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. Beresford-Kroeger’s concept of bioplanning challenges ordinary people to develop a new relationship with the natural world, to view the environment as a biological system and to perform the ecological task of replanting the global forest. Her books include The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, and A Garden for Life. Her latest book is To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey From Ancient Celtic Wisdom To a Healing Vision of the Forest. Beresford-Kroeger was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011, and in 2016 the Society named her one of 25 women explorers of Canada.
Daniel Coleman loves the poetic power of narrative arts to generate a sense of place and community, social engagement, and especially wonder. As a reader, writer, and teacher, he is compelled by the long, slow project of unlearning naturalized inequities, and he has witnessed how new ways to learn can still transform apparently unchangeable situations. Although he loves to learn in and from nature, he loves learning from reading and writing. He has written scholarly books about literature, masculinity, migration, and whiteness in Canada, and he has written literary non-fiction books about his upbringing among missionaries in Ethiopia, about the spiritual and cultural politics of reading, and about eco-human relations in Hamilton, Ontario, the post-industrial city where he lives in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the New Credit. He has edited books on early Canadian literary cultures, postcolonial masculinities, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, the creativity and resilience of refugee-d and Indigenous peoples, and international scholarship on Canadian literatures. He loves being co-director with his friend and colleague, Lorraine York, of CCENA, McMaster’s Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts.
In partnership with Nature at McMaster.