A Night with Author Carrie Saxifrage

Climate change is alarming and complicated. Some people feel governments are acting too slowly, and many people don’t feel informed or empowered to demand action. But ignoring a catastrophe of such magnitude is a certain path to disaster. The Big Swim presents the idea that personal growth arises from facing inner tensions and threats to the biosphere. In a collection of stories that is touching, surprisingly funny, and thought-provoking, author Carrie Saxifrage seeks out the places where science meets self-discovery, inviting us to join her as she:

· Learns the art of appreciation from an ancient jawbone

· Hikes solo through the wilderness to find balance in a field of blueberries

· Swims for four hours through cold, open water, seeking a fleeting state of grace

While exploring topics like sustainable forestry, nature-centered philosophy, or First Nations' culture, the author discovers that the greatest adventure is learning to align how she lives with what she loves. By turning her own despair into action, she paves the way for us all to discover the tools we have at hand to meet the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.

This talk will be followed by a moonlight swim at Panorama Park. If you wish to join, bring your swimsuit!

Carrie Saxifrage is a journalist and author whose work on First Nations' responses to the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline has garnered significant critical acclaim. In 2006 she committed herself to the most life-affirming adventure yet: a low-carbon lifestyle.

Register online or 604-929-3727, ext. 8166. 




Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


  • Adults