Hear Nobel Prize winner, everyone welcome on Nov. 15 in Georgetown, Ont.

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                           IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2007




The timing couldn’t be better.  Just when people around the world are becoming more aware of Climate Change and wanting more information, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) has lined up one of the foremost experts on the subject.  P.O.W.E.R.  is pleased to announce that Dr. Gordon McBean, part of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will speak at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Georgetown. Last month the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore. 


“P.O.W.E.R. is thrilled to offer the community a free speaker of such high calibre on such an important topic,” said President Leslie Adams. 


Dr. McBean was a lead author of the IPCC assessments in 1990, which report lead to the UN framework on Climate Change, and again in 1995.  That report was used in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol.  In 2007 he was a review editor for the IPCC’s assessment which will establish a framework for Kyoto 2. (The current Kyoto agreement expires in 2012.)  The fourth report, due before the end of November, will focus on solutions, which should be very welcome information.


Dr. McBean is currently a professor in the Department of Geography and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario and co-director of the University’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.  He has served on many national and international scientific committees and he plays a leading role in the IPCC.


The meeting will take place at Christ the King High School auditorium, 161 Guelph Street, Georgetown. Doors open at 6:30 pm, when the Silent Auction will start. The business portion of the AGM will begin promptly at 7 pm and there will be a short break before Dr. McBean speaks at 8 pm, followed by an opportunity to ask him questions. The community is welcome to attend both the AGM and to hear the guest speaker.


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, P.O.W.E.R. looks back on their many successes such as, leading the effort to stop the Acton Quarry from becoming a dump site, changing Niagara Escarpment legislation, bringing  independent information to our elected officials on issues such as incineration, and delivering successful environmental school programs involving over 13,000 students from both the public and separate boards.


Adams summarized, “P.O.W.E.R. has more opportunities to make a difference.  We are developing an advisory group or “think tank” of citizens.   People are needed for committees ranging from Energy and Climate Change to Fundraising.  We plan to have a new waste reduction committee.  So whether citizens have a little time or a lot, your help is needed.  You can write letters or post flyers, and know you have done something. ”


Contact: Leslie Adams, President of P.O.W.E.R. 905-877-4766  or

               Doris Treleaven, Director 519-853-9743


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