April 13th. 2023- Evan Ferrari- Fighting Climate Change in Guelph
President John Sneyd opened the meeting at 9:57am by welcoming all present and giving a special welcome to our two special guests, Evan Ferrari, today’s presenter, and Maryam Mayham who addressed us on Fighting Climate Change in Guelph. Two membership guests were also welcomed and named: Peter Diamand and Mike Finoro who has recently paid his membership fee.
President John also paid special recognition to Del Campbell, Chair of the Membership Committee who has recently indicated that he will be stepping down from this role effective at the close of this year’s AGM. John read-out Del’s nice letter of resignation and praised Del for his 10 years of diligent dedication to the Club as the Membership Chair.
John further announced that the latest numbers of paid up members was very encouraging and that we are approaching the break-even number of members but tardy members need to pay their dues in order to keep the Club in a positive financial positive.
Announcements: - A reminder to members of the Trinity United Church drive-thru dinner by Jesse’s-on-the-Green at the Guelph Country Club. This is a fund raiser for the Church slated for April 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The poster for the event in on our Club website. - Coffee at the Boathouse next Thursday at 9:30.
Activities – Ken Marchant - The Anniversary Luncheon and AGM is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th. The timing of this is: - Coffee ready for 9:00 am; - Annual General Meeting starts at 9:30 - Guest speaker (Tammy Adkin on Guelph Museum) at 10:00 – 11:00 - Luncheon served buffet style at 11:30. (lasagna and Caesar salad) - Cost: $22 plus tip jar. (collection of money will start at the next membership meeting) - Coming up soon will be the theatre outings that Warren Gregg is arranging and we will start collecting for those soon. - “pop-up walks” lead by Ken are going to happen soon to take place at the university Arboretum and will depend on the weather.
Bio Environmental stewardship and community development have been prominent themes throughout Evan’s life: from founding a water-pumping windmill project in Tanzania, changing legislation on wilderness conservation and paddling from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean. He is the Executive Director of eMERGE Guelph Sustainability.
Evan translated his business skills from management positions for an international photographic film company into leadership and advocacy roles in the fields of wilderness protection, waste management, energy conservation and renewables. He is on the board of Focus on Nature and was the President of the WindShare Cooperative where he oversaw the operation of North America’s first urban windmill at Toronto’s waterfront. He has helped community renewable energy projects get started around the province and right here as chair of the Guelph Renewable Energy Co-op or GRECo.
For his work on environmental initiatives Evan received the Canada 125 award. He shares his passion for the outdoors by teaching defensive cycling to high school students and he coaches children’s cross country skiing. He is happiest when he’s in nature with the people he loves.
Presentation (Overview) We have two climate targets in the City of Guelph: Net Zero Carbon city wide and 100% Renewable energy for the corporation of the City of Guelph. While the City has made some progress, it’s lagging in other areas. We’ll take a look at what the city - and individuals - can be doing to take a more active role in fighting climate change.
Evan Ferrari began his presentation by recognizing Ken Alsop’s inspiration to biking to today’s meeting and to most meetings which is what more people should be doing.
Next meeting: Thurs., April 27th, 2023 with Doug Larsson – “The Dogma Ate My Homework”