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Impressive speakers to headline Earth Day Forum

As soon as Jeff Turner finished his presentation on electric vehicles during last year’s Earth Day Forum, he volunteered his wife, Evelyne Bouchard, to speak at the 2024 edition.

Bouchard is the founder of the Hemmingford-based firm Tandem Architecture Écologique, and she readily agreed to speak during this year’s Forum about the important role buildings can play in climate change adaptation. Her bilingual presentation will focus on how the use of passive design strategies can make new and existing buildings more energy-efficient and resilient in the face of extreme weather and a changing climate.

Bouchard’s talk will be followed by one by Stéphanie Leduc, who is an interim project manager with Nature Conservancy Canada. Her discussion will focus on agriculture and the unique biodiversity on Covey Hill.

Nature Conservancy Canada is currently working with apple producers in the Covey Hill region who are adopting agri-environmental practices to protect several species, including the Allegheny Mountain dusky salamander which is endangered in Quebec. Leduc will elaborate on the how the NCC works with producers to reduce threats to species while enhancing biodiversity on agricultural land.

The documentary film Humus featuring Havelock market gardeners Mélina Plante and François D’Aoust will then be screened, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Carole Poliquin and the farmers.

The Earth Day Forum will take place at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School on April 20. Just under 40 informative kiosks, hosted by area non-profit organizations, schools, municipalities, and businesses will be set up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The presentations will start at 1:30 p.m.

More details on the kiosks, guest speakers, and the many activities taking place during the Forum can be found on the Earth Day Forum Jour de la terre Facebook page.

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