Photo: Suzuki Elders Forum promises inspiration and empowerment

Terry O’Reilly (of CBC’s The Age of Persuasion) will kick off the forum with the talk “Start with your message.”


On November 24, the Association of Suzuki Elders will host an exciting Elders and Environment Forum to encourage and empower others to address critical environmental concerns.

A dedicated group of Foundation volunteers, the Elders use their knowledge and experience to mentor younger generations and other elders on environmental issues. After hosting a similar forum in 2009, they continued to hear the question "What can I do?" from elders concerned about the state of the Earth.

In response, they made this year's theme their answer to that question: "Start where you are."

Keynote speaker Terry O'Reilly (of CBC's The Age of Persuasion) will kick off the forum with the talk "Start with your message," sharing his insights about communication strategies to successfully engage families, friends and communities in climate change dialogue.

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Smaller discussion groups will follow, including "Start with what we eat," facilitated by Herb Barbolet, cofounder of Farm Folk/City Folk, and "Start with where we live," led by Amanda Pitre-Hayes of the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group. Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki's Queen of Green, will lead the discussion "Start with a story," and activist Jackie Larkin will guide a deep ecology discussion called "Start with our selves."

David Suzuki will give the closing presentation: "Start where we are—standing on elder ground."

Elders who cannot travel to Vancouver for the forum will be able to watch selected clips and talks online. See the Suzuki Elders' website for more information and to register.

October 20, 2011

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Oct 26, 2011
3:47 PM

Hi Quy,

Of course! Everyone and anyone who is interested in the event is encouraged to attend. The forum and discussions are sure to offer lots of ideas, tips, and generate discussion on how we — younger generations included! — can all act to change our relationship with the environment and be more sustainable.

We're sorry if the wording of the event title threw you off. The event is titled as being an Elder's Forum because it is being hosted by the Association of Suzuki Elders. More information on the Elders’ and their work with the organization can be found on our website.

Make sure to follow the link in the article above to register!



Oct 20, 2011
8:21 PM


This sounds like a very interesting event. Would love to join. One question though, the name of the event is "Elders Forum". Can I at the age of 27 still enlist to go or is this event only for older generations?

Thank you!

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