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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

For Immediate Release: Sept. 20, 2002

Visiting speaker - Elizabeth May

[Fredericton] – Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada Elizabeth May will give a public lecture entitled, "For My Daughter Who Will be 20 in 2010: Reflections on the Struggle to Save Planet Earth" on climate change and the implications of Kyoto, pollution and biodiversity on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas University.

Through public advocacy, campaigning, writing and teaching, Ms. May has passionately communicated the importance and inherent beauty of nature to Canadians. As a grassroots environmentalist, lawyer, senior policy advisor to a Minister for the Environment, Ms. May fought to protect Cape Breton forests from pesticides, prairie rivers from dams, South Moresby and Main River forests from logging, and the Tatshenshini and Jim Campbell Barrens from mining. She has also contributed directly to the establishment of five national parks and marine conservation areas.

Ms. May has said that, "Despite decades of environmental and conservation achievement, overall, the health of ecosystems is in decline. Although protected areas globally have roughly doubled in the last ten years, without a serious redirection of human activity to those things that sustain life rather than those which destroy it, humanity's course is suicidal – and in fact, geo-cidal."

May's work has been recognized by many organizations. On Sept. 21, May will receive the International Earthcare Award from the US Sierra Club. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Sierra Club in 1989, the International Conservation Award from the Friends of Nature, and the United Nations Global 500 Award in 1990. In 1996, she was presented with the award for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society for Environmental Education.

May is the author of four books, Budworm Battles (1982), Paradise Won: The Struggle to Save South Moresby (1990), At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada's Forests (Key Porter Books, 1998) and her most recent, co-authored with Maude Barlow, Frederick Street; Life and Death on Canada's Love Canal (Harper Collins, 2000)

MEDIA CONTACT: Rusty Bitterman, Chair, Dept. of History, St. Thomas University, office: 452-0614, residence: 455-6409