Paul will be travelling with Lazar, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. Lazar is studying urban geography and gentrification and, like Paul, is an avid chess player. I'm sure they'll be bringing a chess board with them! They'll be travelling from Eastern Ontario to Alberta in Western Canada.
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Paul is a respected creator of entertaining and comprehensible videos, usually pertaining to climate system science, abrupt climate change, meteorology, oceanography and Earth Sciences. He occasionally teaches at the University of Ottawa in the Laboratory for Paleoclimatology, and has also taught at Carleton University. He is often asked by concerned citizens and government officials to speak at conferences and events. In addition to participating in numerous panel discussions, Paul has often been interviewed on various radio and podcast programs, and has participated as a guest and panelist at three United Nations Conference of the Parties Climate Conferences, including COP25 in Madrid, Spain, in December 2019.
(Paul in front of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, COP25, Madrid)
In addition to his own YouTube channel , he is a panelist on the Climate Emergency Forum and is a member of the Facing Future team.
Paul has been committed to raising public awareness about the climate crisis for over twenty years. Prior to the Kyoto Protocol, he collected hundreds of signatures, which he presented to Elizabeth May. At that point, he was regarded as the local "climate geek" (his words :) Paul is often involved in local climate events and actively participated in a climate march in Ottawa in September 2019.
Those of you who are familiar with Paul's work may recall the videos he recently produced pertaining to resource mining and the environment while he was in northwestern Ontario.
(Paul on a recent trip to Sudbury, Ontario, in Ontario, Canada)
Paul is planning a two-week trip and plans on producing one video per day, as well as writing two blog posts per week. He will be reporting on extreme weather events, possibly even tornadoes as well as loss of biodiversity, and how climate change has affected agriculture across the Prairies. He hopes to be able to speak with farmers regarding their experiences.
Paul will be driving from Ottawa, Ontario, to Alberta -- no small feat, but he's keen and up to the challenge! His plans are to travel as far as Calgary, and possibly make it as far as Fort McMurray. His expenses will include a rental car, lodging, and meals, and will include a stop at a tree-planting company in Kenora, which is close to the Ontario/Manitoba border.
If anyone has any suggestions regarding places Paul should stop at along the way, or fellow activists he could speak to, please post your ideas in the comments. Also, Paul welcomes any suggestions for climate-related jokes, as he would like to include some humour in his videos and blog posts.
He would be most grateful for every single donation.
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