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Toronto and the Natural City: Facing Our Ecological Future

Toronto and the Natural City: Facing Our Ecological Future
15 Devonshire Place, George Ignatieff Theatre
Time: Mar 2nd, 4:00 pm End: Mar 2nd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, Political Science, Philosophy (FAS), Geography & Planning (FAS), Ethics, Environment, Cities and Humanities, Canada, 2000-
Public Issues Forum featuring David Miller, Roger Keil, Pamela Robinson, Olivia Chow, and Stephen Bede Sharper

The Centre for Ethics and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto are pleased to present a Public Issues Forum:

Toronto and the Natural City: Facing our Ecological Future

Since 2005 more people live in cities worldwide than in rural areas -- a first in human history. As a result, how we structure our cities, particularly in relationship to the natural world, is a key ecological as well as social, economic, political, and ethical question.This forum will explore the natural city concept through the living lens of the City of Toronto. The natural city concept tries to re-imagine urban sustainability around a deeper integration of human and non-human life systems. It imagines the human presence not as an aberration but as an organic and "natural" development in the progress of human settlements.

Panelists include:

  • David Miller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada; former Mayor, City of Toronto (Moderator)
  • Professor Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Professor Pamela Robinson, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
  • Olivia Chow, former Member of Parliament and Toronto City Councillor
  • Professor Stephen Bede Sharper, School of the Environment, University of Toronto

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This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at (416) 978-6288.


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