CITIZEN POWER KEY TO SOLVING TOUGH WORLD PROBLEMS

What do Islanders have to contribute to tackling some of the most difficult and complex problems in the world today? Joanna Kerr, keynote speaker at the upcoming symposium “Making Connections: Cooperating for a Sustainable Future”, points to examples of resiliency and creativity as part of the solution.

In her lecture “How to be Courageous on a Planet in Crisis”, Kerr, the current Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, will address the role that Canadians have to play locally and globally in creating a positive future. This discussion will take place in the form of a free public talk to be held at McDougall Hall, UPEI campus, on Thursday June 12th at 7:00 pm.

“I want to talk about citizen power and holistic solutions,” shares Kerr. “This is a critical moment of convergence where human rights violations, intractable inequality and the climate crisis are presenting some of the stickiest problems the world has ever seen.”

The talk kicks off the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation’s (ACIC) annual two and a half-day symposium that will continue until noon on Saturday, June 14th. Growing inequalities, food security, environmental sustainability and human rights - specifically gender equality - will be recurring themes throughout the event activities, which includes workshops, focus groups, discussion panels, and networking opportunities.

Kerr also voiced her excitement and expectations of her visit to Atlantic Canada, declaring that, “While in PEI I'm looking forward to soaking up some of that Maritime resiliency and creativity as we chart a course for a better world for all.”

To request an interview with Kerr, please contact Janelle Frail by email at pe@acic-caci.org or by phone at 431-2311.

To learn more please visit: http://www.acic-caci.org/our-work/acic-symposium-agm-2014.html.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

JOANNA KERR

Joanna joined Greenpeace Canada in October 2013 after serving as the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global Development organization based in South Africa and operating in 45 countries. Much of her career has been dedicated to women’s rights, International policy and climate change; as Policy Director at Oxfam Canada, as Executive Director of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development and as a Senior Researcher at The North-South Institute. A Canadian, she has worked across Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

MAKING CONNECTIONS: COOPERATING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE SYMPOSIUM: The symposium will be held from June 12th to the 14th at the University of Prince Edward Island. This annual event is hosted by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, and aims to bring together local professionals, youth, civil society leaders, issue-specific experts, advocates, and academics to engage in discussions on emerging trends and relevant issues in the field of international cooperation. It will kick off on Thursday evening with keynote speaker Joanna Kerr, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, followed by an opening night networking event. The Friday program will begin with a panel discussion, continue with concurrent workshops and culminate in a gala evening event. The symposium wraps up on Saturday morning with more workshops and a closing plenary. To learn more, visit: www.acic-caci.org/our-work/acicsymposium-agm-2014.html.

ABOUT GREENPEACE: Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. Greenpeace today operates in more than 40 countries with headquarters in Amsterdam. It has more than 90,000 supporters in Canada and 2.9 million members worldwide, and represents them at virtually every international environmental conference. http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/

ABOUT ACIC: The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition representing more than 70 organizations, institutions and individuals working in the Atlantic region which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. http://www.acic-caci.org.