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Grant is a career outdoor and environmental educator, used to having classrooms several hundred acres in size. While he recently retired from full time employment in this field, he continues to be involved in a variety of outdoor experiential education (OEE) projects. In 2009, Grant was one of four Ontario educators who created the guidelines for a new teachers' Additional Qualifications course in OEE. He then wrote up a detailed version of this course for Lakehead University and successfully taught it last summer. He will be teaching again this July 2011. He is also quite active in COEO, The Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. Grant believes that children and adults need to re-acquaint themselves with the life support systems of this planet through repeated and positive hands-on experiences in the outdoors.
With reference to his presentations on climate change, Grant believes that the following components are critical:
1) A proper distinction between climate change and global warming
2) The compelling and unequivocal scientific evidence as to dangerous anthropogenic contributions to both
3) The real reasons for our inaction to date have to do with human psychology (fear, uncertainty), world views that portray our planet as perpetually available for virtually any kind of human exploitation, and the vested interests of private profit at the expense of public good.
4) There is a vast array of creative, compelling, effective and doable solutions out there. Many of them are already happening in isolated pockets all over this planet. Our challenge is to spread the word, to make these changes go viral and mainstream (and quickly!), to inspire folks towards sustainable lifestyles by providing them with informed hope.
For those looking for positive solutions to showcase in their presentations, Grant highly recommends a book entitled "The Geography of Hope." It's written by Canadian (Albertan) Chris Turner, and it showcases a global variety of promising solutions.