York U Earth Day experts: Are climate change policies and conservation enough?


TORONTO, April 19, 2017 – This year’s Earth Day theme touts the importance of teaching environmental and climate literacy. York University experts can discuss the success or failure of climate change policies and strategies, conservation and global environmental changes.

Mark Winfield, Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, can comment on climate change policy at the federal and provincial level, carbon pricing, low-carbon transition and clean technology strategies, environmental assessment and pipelines, and environmental policy.

Christopher Lortie, Professor, Faculty of Science, can discuss the importance of conservation and preservation, invasive species, the importance of seed banks, social ecology, as well as the pros and cons of interactions between people, plants and insects. His current research looks at global change in grasslands, deserts, and other high stress ecosystems. (He is available by Skype or email.)


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