Rivers Lost, Saved and Restored: A Global Perspective
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm
$20.00 /person (FREE for the lucky winners)
Although Mark Angelo’s roots are in British Columbia, he is renowned for his work in helping to protect river systems around the world. His multimedia presentation will touch on his personal experiences as an advocate for wild rivers. Currently, Mark is working in a major film production that is documenting the plight of the world’s river systems and which is set for widespread international release next year. In his presentation, Mark will highlight environmental pressures on river systems, sharing his perspective drawn from examples of rivers around the world that have been lost, saved or restored.
Mark Angelo hails from Burnaby, British Columbia, and is recognized internationally for his work in conservation. He is also a renowned speaker, teacher, writer and paddler. He is founder and Chair of World Rivers Day, an event involving over 60 countries and millions of people. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Rivers Institute at BCIT. Mark has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada in recognition of his conservation efforts with river systems. Other awards include the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. Over the decades, Mark has traveled on and along close to 1000 rivers around the world, perhaps more than any other. His acclaimed “Riverworld” program, launched in conjunction with National Geographic, has played to sold-out audiences across North America and the program’s website had more than 40 million visits. Mark also hosted and co-produced Global TV’s Water for Life special in 2011, one of the highest rated programs of its kind in many years. Mark continues to work on conservation issues in his community and province, as well as across Canada and elsewhere in the world. The film Mark is currently working on is highly anticipated and has been described as one of the most ambitious documentaries of its kind that has been undertaken.