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Leap Manifesto - Peterborough
Avi Lewis' enthusiasm and charm coupled with the energy from our local activist community made last Thursday evening an informative and exciting event.
Avi came in part to learn what we are doing here in Peterborough that puts us so far ahead of other local groups that are starting, and he was not disappointed. He would like to find a way to reproduce what we are doing, and suggested that he would personally pollinate groups in other communities with our ideas and promised to return when we need him.
Leaders of our working groups presented the ideas behind their group, and paid particular attention to recent actions and upcoming plans. What a dynamic caring community we live in, how impressive, what great accomplishments, and what ambitious plans. We should celebrate the extra influence we all can exert when working together under the banner of the Leap Manifesto.
In his remarks, Avi left Save PDI to the end, saying that it was a gift that represents everything that the Leap Manifesto represents, a local issue with connections to climate justice, local autonomy, and with national and international connections. As this story in the Examiner relates he is confident that we are going to win and he reminded us to be ready with what we will do the day after we win. He advised us to continue to broaden our coalition, to do what we can to involve youth and to continue to reach out to indigenous communities.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 10th. We will meet around the defined working groups, and as we noted during last week's meeting. I hope that the new people who we met for the first time on Thursday will come along and join one of the working groups.
As the meeting ended I forgot to publicly present a signed copy of The Big Book of Nature Activities by Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg to Avi, but I did present it to him later. You can buy a copy of the book at Avant Garden Shop in Peterborough or at Happenstance in Lakefield, or on Amazon.
I also forgot to properly thank our sponsors: For Our Grandchildren, Council of Canadians, Transition Town Peterborough, Basic Income Group Peterborough, Peterborough Greenspace Coalition, Peterborough and district Labour Council, Friends of Jackson Park, Peterborough Older Women's Network, OPIRG, Save PDI Coalition, Kawartha World Issues Centre.
See you at our next meeting, Thursday, November 10th at 7:00.
For Immediate Release: Peterborough ON
Media Personality and Documentary Film Maker, Avi Lewis to Speak on Community Organizing for Climate Change
The Peterborough chapter of the Leap Manifesto is proud to host “An Evening with Avi Lewis” on Thursday, October 6, 7:00 to 9:30at Trinity United Church, 360 Reid Street.
Avi Lewis is one of Canada’s most eloquent and controversial media personalities. He is the director of the feature documentaries This Changes Everything (2015) and The Take (2004). He was one of the founding members of the Leap Manifesto and has also been a local news reporter, music journalist, debate show host, documentary filmmaker, public speaker, and activist.
Mr. Lewis will share his experiences during the filming of the documentary “This Changes Everything” and will talk about the future of the Leap Manifesto, with an emphasis on community organizing for climate change. Mr. Lewis also expects to learn from the Peterborough group how they have succeeded in localizing the Leap Manifesto.
“After a Leap Manifesto public event in Toronto, Avi expressed interest in what we were doing here in Peterborough and offered to come and share his experiences, as well as learn from our local Leap group. We’re pretty excited – it’s going to be a great exchange of ideas,” said Guy Hanchet, a co-organizer of Thursday’s event. The conversation is expected to center on the principles of the Leap Manifesto: to help make the system and societal changes required to make Peterborough and Canada a better place, while giving us a chance to combat the worst ravages of Climate Change.
“Our working groups will showcase current projects that are making a difference at the local level. These activities include a series of newspaper articles comparing Peterborough to a similar town in Sweden, and the creation of the Save PDI Coalition, a group struggling to keep Peterborough Distribution Inc. locally and publicly owned.” said Mr. Hanchet.
Everyone is invited to join this conversation with Mr. Lewis as a unique opportunity to learn more about the vision for the Leap Manifesto, and what we can do in Peterborough to answer the Leap call for “A Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another”.
When: Thursday, October 6, 7:00 to 9:30
Where: Trinity United Church, 360 Reid Street, Peterborough ON Cost: Suggested donation of $10, or pay what you can. Everyone is invited.
About Avi Lewis
Avi Lewis is one of Canada’s most eloquent and controversial media personalities. He is the director of the feature documentaries This Changes Everything (2015) and The Take (2004). He was one of the founding members of the Leap Manifesto and has also been a local news reporter, music journalist, debate show host, documentary filmmaker, public speaker, and activist. In all of these roles, he has created space to bring more radical voices and ideas to the mainstream for over 25 years.
About the Leap Manifesto in Peterborough
Leap Manifesto Peterborough Chapter is an informal coalition of local environmental and social justice groups organized around the concept of implementing local changes in social justice issues related to climate change. It includes: For Our Grandchildren, Council of Canadians, Transition Town Peterborough, Basic Income Group Peterborough, Peterborough Greenspace Coalition, Peterborough and district Labour Council, Friends of Jackson Park, Peterborough Older Women’s Network, OPIRG, Save PDI Coalition, and Kawartha World Issues Center.
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