Climate Change Retreat

Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2017

Thinkers Lodge, Pugwash

Nova Scotia, Canada

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For the public events there is no need for registration and there are no costs, although we will have donation boxes.  You are welcome to participate as much as possible.

Thursday, September 28

10:00am to 3:30pm – Public tours of Thinkers Lodge (last tour starts at 3:00pm)

10:00am to 4:00pm – Pugwash Visitor Information Centre open (for local and event information), Pugwash Village Hall, 124 Water Street, 902-243-2946.  Washrooms available on site.

12:00 to 5:00pm – A Climate for Art and other Important Exhibits – Lobster Factory

Student art displays, student ideas about climate change, organizers and sponsors information tables and displays.

1:00 to 2:15pm – Art, Science & Climate Change: A Conversation – Pugwash High School

A presentation to students and publc at the Pugwash High School Gym. Regan Rosburg and Chad Frischmann will present their views and works on climate change. Introduction by Robert Cervelli.

2:00 to 5:00pm – Public Performances and Discussions – Eaton Park Stage


  • 2:00–2:30 Rebecca Moore, Mi’kmaq drumming for climate non-aggression
  • 2:30–3:30 Meet some of the Thinkers, discussions on climate change and small towns
  • 3:30-5:00   Local musicians

Boardwalk art & sculptures

Food Vendor – Taco Stiles Food Truck 12:00-5:00pm – Water St (close to the stage)

Note: the Peace Hall is a back up venue for inclement weather.

5:30 to 7:30pm – Public Discussion – Peace Hall (first floor)

  • Opening Mi’kmaq blessing
  • Warden Gillis – Welcome
  • Robert Cervelli – Welcome and Introduction of Retreat Thinkers
  • Opening video short (3min) – “Clearer from Afar”
  • 60th Pugwash Anniversary Opening Remarks

            John Eaton – Nuclear War and Climate Change 1957 to 2017

  • Panel Presentation and Public Discussion – Empowering our Climate Future for Rural Communities

            Describing the urgency and the potential for change in our small and rural communities.

             Moderator: Gregory Heming, PhD, Annapolis County Municipal Councilor

             Panelists:  Adam Fenech, PhD, UPEI Climate Change Lab

                              Shastri Christine Heming, Teacher, Shambhala Tradition

                              Robert Cervelli, Exec. Director, Centre for Local Prosperity

7:45 to 9:25pm – Film Albatross, by Chris Jordan

Gregory Heming will introduce Chris Jordan’s film – a powerful visual journey into the heart of an environmental tragedy – the deadly effects of an ocean filled with plastics. The film describes Jordan’s personal journey into horror, beauty, grief, love and – ultimately – healing.

Sunday, October 1

12:00 to 2:00pm – Outcomes of the Thinkers Retreat – Peace Hall 1st Floor

                  Talk by Jennifer MacIntyre, Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador (to be confirmed)

                  Media releases and press interviews

                  Personal statements by Thinkers

                  Poetry, music or retreat-inspired art

                  Mi’kmaq closing blessing


  • Thinkers Lodge (tours) 249 Water Street (902 243-2071)
  • Lobster Factory (art exhibits) 249 Water Street (902 243-2071)
  • Pugwash High School (student talks) 192, Church Street (902.243.3930)
  • Eaton Park Stage (talks and entertainment) Water Street
  • Peace Hall (public discussion and movie) 14 Victoria Street (902 243-3390)