Reflections on our Evening with Avi Lewis

Avi Lewis’ enthusiasm and charm coupled with the energy from our local activist community made last Thursday evening an informative and exciting event. Here are some photos taken at the 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 Center.

See you at our next meeting, Thursday, November 10th at 7:00.

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