Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editor & Author of The Heat is On and Boiling Point ..

Ross Gelbspan

Ross Gelbspan

Ross Gelbspan—retired editor and reporter with The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe—is used to putting the heat on policymakers and bringing the climate crisis to the forefront.

In 1998, he publishedThe Heat Is On: the Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription(Perseus Books). The book received attention when President Clinton told the press he was reading it.

That year, Gelbspan and Dr. Paul Epstein convened a group of energy company presidents, economists, and energy policy experts to refine a set of three interactive “macro-level” policy strategies to address the climate crisis. Those ideas formed the core of Gelbspan’s latest book, Boiling Point, which was published in 2004 and was honoured as one of the best science books of 2004 by Discover Magazine.

The “strategy solutions” spelled out in Boiling Point have been endorsed by a number of developing country NGOs, a former British Ambassador to the UN, and the Environmental Commissioner of the European Union.

Join Ross Gelbspan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, reporter, and author as he shares his solutions to global warming and climate change issues to free* and public University of Winnipeg OmniTRAX/Broe QUEST: North conference.

QUEST: North
The Circumpolar Reality -Global Citizens Respond
March 4 & 5, 2005 on The University of Winnipeg Campus

  • Ross Gelbspan will be giving the keynote address at Climate Change: Discourse & Recourse
    Friday, March 4 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Riddell Hall

Participants can join the quest by taking part in round table discussions, plenary sessions, and workshops with people making a difference here and abroad; viewing a unique documentary film festival featuring stories of the North and the impact of climate change on our world; discussing Canada’s response to Kyoto; finding out how global warming puts human rights and sovereignty at risk; and, developing actions plans to mitigate the impact of green house gas emissions.

Presented in partnership with CBC in Manitoba, QUEST: North features an impressive roster of invited lecturers, bringing together educators, policy makers, scientists, youth, people of Canada’s North, and activists. QUEST: North will feature high profile guestSheila Watt-Cloutier, whose organization represents the interests internationally of Inuit residents in Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka in the Far East of the Federation of Russia.

The Circumpolar Reality – Global Citizens Respond features a number of other award-winning journalists, activists, policy makers, and researchers, including:

  • Jack Anawack (Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, Foreign Affairs Canada)
  • Lloyd Axworthy (President, University of Winnipeg & Chair of the MB Climate Change Task Force)
  • Michael Byers (International Law Professor & Academic Director, Liu Institute)
  • Dennis Cunningham (International Institute of Sustainable Development, recently designated the “most effective sustainable development research group in the world”)
  • Kim Hickes (Climate Change Community Challenge Coordinator, North Central Community Futures Corporation)
  • Dr. Thor Edward Jakobbson (Marine Meterorology & Sea Ice Service Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • Karen Kraft Sloan  (Canadian Ambassador for the Environment)
  • Gordon McBean (Professor & Research Chair, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction & Departments of Geography & Political Science, University of Western Ontario)
  • Mike Ogborn (Managing Director, OmniTRAX)
  • Merrell-Ann Phare (Executive Director/Legal Counsel Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER))
  • Barry E. Prentice (Director of the Transport Institute, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences, University of Manitoba)
  • Luke Suluk (Implementation Coordinator, Nunavut Planning Commission)
  • Dene National Chief Noeline Villebrun (Vice-Chair Arctic Athabaskan Council International)
  • Stephen C. Wright (Associate Professor Psychology, Simon Fraser University & Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology)

… and many more.

Terry MacLeod, host of Information Radio on CBC Radio One 990, will host the conference kick-off on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of music with Winnipeg’s own KIVA and throat singers, and dialogue with veteran journalist Ross Gelbspan. The all-day QUEST: North conference on Saturday, March 5, 2005 takes place on The University of Winnipeg campus in downtown Winnipeg.

On Saturday, March 5 at noon, participants will hear a report from students who returned from a trip to Churchill February 16. South Meets North & Back Again: Student Report on Churchill features students from the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba and the University College of the North. John Webb, CBC TV Producer/Mentor accompanied the students along with Danny Blair, University of Winnipeg PARC-MB Hydro Climate Change Research Professor; Bill Buhay, UWinnipeg Assistant Professor of Geography; and,Chuck Mrena, UWinnipeg’s Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research, Climate Change Research Coordinator. In Churchill, the students met people of the North, learned of their customs and traditions, and studied climate and how changes will impact the way of life in the North.

The two-day conference will conclude with a strategy-oriented plenary entitled Climate Change: Our Responsibility to Act as Global Citizens moderated by CBC Radio One 990 host Terry MacLeod, and featuring Watt-Cloutier, Gelbspan, UWinnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy, and Gordon McBean, Professor and Research Chair, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Departments of Geography & Political Science, University of Western Ontario.

QUEST: North is free* and open to all; however, The University of Winnipeg encourages all conference participants to bring along a canned good for donation to the UWSA FoodBank.

Visit www.quest.uwinnipeg.ca for a complete schedule of events and to register.

The University of Winnipeg OmniTRAX/Broe Quest series is made possible through a $100,000 donation from the Broe Companies of Denver, Colorado, owners of the Port of Churchill. Under the leadership of CEO Patrick Broe, OmniTRAX has become the largest private operator of short-line railroads in North America, including the line that connects Churchill with Winnipeg. The University of Winnipeg OmniTRAX/Broe Quest series brings together faculty, staff, students, academics, activists, journalists, business people, and interested engaged citizens to dialogue—and take action—on today’s pressing issues.

*The only charge, should participants wish to eat lunch at the conference on March 5, is $2 for lunch.

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