Whales in Menapause; Kids in Despair: Moving Beyond Environmental Gloom & Doom Towards Hope, Happiness, & Resiliency

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CORNER BROOK  is invited to attend a talk by Dr. Elin Kelsey, an internationally acclaimed award winning author, consultant, academic, and a leading spokesperson for hope, resilience, and the environment.

This event is hosted by Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE) in partnership with Grenfell`s Environmental Policy Institute. It is free and open to the public and will be heldon Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Grenfell Campus’ library lecture theatre, room LC301. Free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the library.

We need to create space for kids and adults to talk about how all this gloom and doom makes us feel, while realizing that creating hope represents more than just our feelings. Most of all we must spread stories that inspire us says Dr. Kelsey.

With all this doom and gloom surrounding environmental issues, it is hard to feel optimistic and hopeful for the future of our environments. In response, Dr. Kelsey is sharing strategies for creating a positive and hopeful educational experience while introducing environmental issues to encourage action.

“Elin is the kind of teacher that challenges you to rethink the way you teach, and inspires you to become a better teacher, a better student, and a better person. How good is that? We need more teachers like her in our lives,” says Fred Sheppard, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators.

Dr. Kelsey conducts research into the emotional responses of children, environmental educators and conservation biologists to the culture of doom and gloom and hopelessness that permeates environmental issues. Working as a research fellow with conservation biologists at James Cook University and the Smithsonians Beyond the Obituary program, she uses international examples of conservation successes to demonstrate positive links between personal, community, and ecological resiliency.

Dr.Kelsey teaches in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University in British Columbia and is the award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her most recent kids book, Not Your Typical Book About the Environment won the international 2011 Green Earth Book Award.

For more information contact:
Stacey Camus
info@nlee.ca   / (709).637.4033

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