Dr. Patrick Moore Confirmed for Keynote Address at the 2007 Coal Forum

The 2007 Northeast BC Community Coal Forum organizing committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Patrick Moore will be providing the keynote address at the opening reception of the Northeast BC Community Coal Forum taking place on October 10th and 11th in Tumbler Ridge.

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world?s largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia?s government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 – 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change. As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC from 1991 – 2002, he led the process of developing the ?Principles of Sustainable Forestry? which were adopted by a majority of the industry.

Securing such a high profile speaker has brought the event to its next stage of growth and was made possible through a generous donation by the South Peace Economic Development Commission.

Now in its third year, the purpose of the Coal Forum is to create a venue for government of all levels, the coal industry and the communities that serve them to discuss relevant issues that have arisen due to the resurgence of coal development in our region. This year?s forum theme is ?Seeking the Balance?, which aims to explore issues related to sustainability of all forms (social, environmental and economic) and to shed some light on the progress being made in working towards it. For more information, including event registration, please contact Ray Proulx at (250) 242-4242 ext. 225 or edo@dtr.ca.