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Pragmatic Political Power for Sustainability Advocates: a Primer
October 27, 2022 @ 9:00 pm
Join us Thursday, October 27, 2022, for a University of Alberta Sustainability Awareness Week Event featuring Stephen Best, a successful, experienced campaigner for environmental and animal protection in Canada!
Stephen will introduce some of the principles and concepts that help make advocacy more effective. This event will be especially helpful to advocates working for sustainability causes and people considering such advocacy.
Stephen’s approach to advocacy is best characterized as ‘realpolitik.’ His main campaign interests are environmental and animal protection, because, in part, of the profound effect they have on the climate heating emergency, but he has also worked on Indigenous land claims for the Lubicon Legal Defense Fund, and social justice and development issues with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. His campaigns for a number of organizations include contributing to bans on the importation of marine mammal products into the European Union, the establishment of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, the development of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the cessation of terminal animal surgeries at the University of Guelph, the ban (now reversed by the Doug Ford government) on Ontario’s spring bear hunt, the abandonment of a project to develop a rock quarry in Ontario’s Melancthon Township, and election campaigns that have affected which candidate was successful.
Currently, Best is contributing to campaigns challenging the constitutionality of the First-Past-the-Post electoral system, passing legislation banning fur farms in Canada, challenging in court Ontario’s Ag-Gag Law, and raising funds for small animal protection organizations across Canada for the Animal Alliance of Canada’s Project Jessie.
Bio: Stephen is co-founder of the Animal Protection Party of Canada (https://www.animalprotectionparty.ca/). His career background is in film and television production. It began in 1968 in the film projection room at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. His feature film, Saving Dinah, is about a family whose dog is stolen and their heroic efforts to save her. Saving Dinah is currently available on Amazon Prime in the US and UK and is streaming on Tubi and other video services. Stephen has been active in progressive politics since the early 1970s. His introduction to ‘grassroots’ advocacy was Seal Song, a documentary he made for the International Fund for Animal Welfare about the Canadian commercial seal hunt–the “baby seal hunt.” Best’s latest project is After We Let the Animals Live which speculates on what the world would be like 50 years in the future after people ended killing animals, marine and terrestrial.
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