Media Release: Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable kicks off watershed café series with presentation by Michael Lewis, Nov. 29th
November 16, 2012
The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is pleased to kick off our watershed café series with international practitioner, author, educator and leader Michael Lewis. On Thursday, November 29th at 7 pm at the Gathering Place (1100‐2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam) Michael Lewis will offer insights from his new book in a talk titled “Global Unraveling: Pathways to Resilience Close to Home”, which will be followed by lively dialogue about how we might apply the concepts he presents to our community.
During the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable meeting on November 3rd, Dr. Craig Orr from the Watershed Watch Salmon Society introduced the concepts of resilience and ecosystem services. Michael’s talk will build on this introduction by drawing on examples from his four plus decades of experience working with communities and local economies ‐ many of which have now been summarized in a new book Michael co‐authored with U.K. based author Pat Conaty, called “The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy.”
Climate change, fossil‐fuel dependence “and globalization as we know it” make current economies “very vulnerable to unraveling,” Lewis said. “We’re soon going to be in a situation where we have to figure out our basic needs on a more local and regional basis.”
The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is committed to finding ways to promote a more resilient watershed and community through the watershed plan that is underway, and by helping our community understand the concept of resilience, why it is important, and exploring how we can apply lessons from other places close to home.
Craig Orr, Watershed Watch Salmon Society