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Earth Day 2021 with Elizabeth May
For many folks, going back to the 1980s might signal a return to neon leg warmers, Star Wars, and synthpop. For Elizabeth May, it would probably mean fighting for international ozone layer protection and the 1987 Montreal Protocol, a benchmark in multilateral agreements for climate action. Through the ‘80s, the former Green Party leader was beginning her career as an environmental lawyer and policy advisor in Canada.

You can’t tell the story of modern environmentalism in Canada without Elizabeth May. May helmed Canada’s Green Party from 2006 until stepping down in 2019. Over those 13 years, she led the party from obscurity to prominence through a seismic shift in culture as the climate crisis became a pressing international concern. Her tireless work ethic has garnered bipartisan respect; in 2013, she was recognized by her colleagues as the year’s Hardest Working MP. May currently serves as a Member of Parliament for her longtime, loyal riding in Saanich-Gulf Islands. She’s also contributed guest columns to National Observer.

Now, May is returning as a guest with National Observer founder and editor-in-chief Linda Solomon Wood for a special Conversations event: Earth Day With Elizabeth May.

Apr 22, 2021 04:00 PM in Vancouver

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Linda Solomon Wood
Founder @Observer Media Group
Linda Solomon Wood is an innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning journalist. As CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of the National Observer, she works to strengthen and support public service journalism that investigates corruption, celebrates innovation, and illuminates and helps to make sense of the complex political and social challenges people face today. She previously founded Vancouver Observer and has led both publications to win Canada's top awards for public service, investigative journalism and excellence in reporting. She started her career as an investigative reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where she won the United Press International awards for Best Public Service Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting. She later freelanced for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Orion, and the International Herald.
Elizabeth May
Parliamentary Leader @Green Caucus
Elizabeth May served as Leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2006 – 2019, in 2011 becoming the Green Party of Canada’s first elected Member of Parliament representing Saanich-Gulf Islands. She will continue as Member of Parliament and will run again, now serving as the Parliamentary Leader of the Green Caucus. In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment (1986-1988). For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (1989-2006).