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Chris Turner

The Geography of Hope

Date Recorded: Feb 16th, 2009
Recorded At: Capitol Theatre, Nelson, BC
Recorded By: Terry Brennan, Kootenay Co-op Radio
Duration: 59:15

Topic Background
Concerned about the unpromising future his newborn daughter might face, the Calgary-based journalist and author spent a year touring the world looking for the ecological innovators who are trying to make our world a more livable place While investigating issues like energy consumption, alternative housing, and the commitment involved in living a greener lifestyle, he takes the reader on a journey that stretches from Colorado to India.

Seeking out the next generation of political, economic, social, and spiritual institutions that could provide the global foundations for a sustainable future, Turner quickly came to realize that the tools for building a sustainable world were more plentiful and much closer at hand than he’d imagined.

He spoke at an event sponsored by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace in Nelson, BC.

Speaker Biography
Chris Turner is a journalist and author. His 2007 book, The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need was published by Random House in 2007, and was named one of the Globe & Mail’s Best Books of the year and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, the National Business Book Award and the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction. He is the author of the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation . His narrated visual tour of The Geography of Hope has been presented to audiences across Canada, ranging from Environmental Defence summits to Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers galas. He writes a monthly feature on sustainability for The Globe and Mail and a biweekly column for worldchanging.com.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife and their daughter, Sloane.

For more information about Chris Turner visit www.thegeographyofhope.com

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