Climate trauma is a human issue
Today, Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutierpresented her keynote address to more than 150 delegates of the 2017 Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) Annual Conference. Titled “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century,” Watt-Cloutier shared her new model for 21st century leadership at the Ontario Science Centre, host of this annual conference for leaders of science centres and museums across Canada.
“We must now speak environment, economy, foreign policy, health and human rights in the same breath,” said Watt-Cloutier. In her globe-spanning talk, Watt-Cloutier provided a clear, meaningful, and comprehensive understanding of the way issues are interconnected and what it means for the future of our planet. “Climate trauma is a human issue affecting our children. We all have a role and responsibility in our daily lives to address these issues. There is still much to do.”
With inspiration and passion, Watt-Cloutier demonstrated how organizations around the world are connected with the grand scheme of global issues. Ontario Science Centre CEO Dr. Maurice Bitran agreed that as a hub for conversations about science and climate change, the Ontario Science Centre can fulfill its mandate by understanding and communicating how local communities connect to global issues.
With a focus on solutions, Watt-Cloutier brought the realities of the Arctic – where Inuit today face profound challenges to their environment, their economy, their health and their cultural well-being – to light. The challenges they face are clearly connected to the industries society supports, the disposable world that exists today and the non-sustaining policies that governments create. Speaking passionately about the future, Watt-Cloutier expressed her belief in the science on climate change and stated that youth are the change agents that can help us protect what we love.