More Stuff or More Life? Reversing Consumerism for a Fairer, Greener Future

                Free public series. Mondays, 7 to 8:30 pm

Monday April 17: Escape from Overshoot: Economics for a Planet in Peril

Dr. Peter Victor

Peter A. Victor is a leading Canadian economist studying alternatives to economic growth.  He is a Professor Emeritus at York University. He has worked for 50 years in Canada and abroad as an academic, consultant, and public servant specializing in ecological economics and alternatives to economic growth. Peter sits on the Honorary Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, is chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Footprint Data Foundation, and is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada. He was the recipient of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011 and the Boulding Memorial Prize from the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2014. He is the author of seven books, including Managing without Growth and his newly published one, Escape from Overshoot: Economics for a Planet in Peril.  He presented an overview of this latest book. The presentation can be viewed at


Monday April 24: Panel of Local Leaders toward a fairer, greener Guelph.

Moderator: Sya Van Geest

Circular Food Economy: Ashlee Cooper, Manager – Food Equity and Community Resilience, City of Guelph - Smart Cities Office. Before joining the Our Food Future initiative, Ashlee Cooper worked for many years in the non profit sector where she developed and delivered a broad spectrum of programs to address complex local food issues.  Ashlee is a participatory design and community engagement specialist, bringing over 15 years of commitment to the food system.   Ashlee believes that circularity in the food system is a powerful tool for social justice, an antidote to climate crisis and an opportunity to link diverse groups of people through love and respect.

Guelph Tool Library/Circular Store:  Emily Duncan, Tool Library Coordinator. Emily enjoys building sustainable communities through volunteer work and social activism. Emily is a graduate student at U of G focusing on food systems and agriculture.

Indigenous Economics Worldview: Carol Tyler, nookomis Carol a grandmother, being, living and doing on the lands between the lakes.

Co-operative Program - West Willow Village: Linda Busuttil, City of Guelph Ward 4 Councillor, General Manager-Community Development. The West Willow Village focuses on sustainability goals primarily concerning poverty alleviation.

The Home For Good Campaign: Glenna Banda, Executive Director of United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin 


Monday May 1: Facilitated Brainstorming of What We Can Do

Facilitator: Brenda Doner

Discussion Participants: all attendees

Closing song with James Gordon



Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W.  Corner of Dublin and Suffolk

Parking lot entrances off Suffolk and Liverpool Streets.

Enter by the parking lot door.