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Climate change will be the focus of an event in Pugwash this weekend, featuring international speakers and scientists.

They’ll be joined by leading Atlantic Canada community leaders and artists. The Center for Local Prosperity is hosting the event, along with the Cumberland Energy Authority and the Thinkers Lodge.

In 1955 the Russell/Einstein Manifesto asked: “shall we put an end to the human race?” The threat was Nuclear War and just two years later in July of 1957, 22 scientists from both sides of the Iron Curtain gathered at Thinkers Lodge to begin the process of mapping steps to curb nuclear proliferation. This was the first meeting of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1957 meeting, the gathering will be held from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. There will be public and student-oriented events at several venues in the village on the first day – a climate and environmental art exhibit, a talk by Regan Rosberg (Denver-based environmental artist) and Chad Frishmann (Project Drawdown science director), a panel discussion on climate change, the screening of the film Albatross, produced by Chris Jordan, and other events.

The event will wrap up with announcements and a release of the results of the retreat, as well as other invited speakers.

Project Drawdown will be a key focus of the event and will provide an international lens for climate change and the paths forward at the local level.

International Thinkers invited include Thinkers Lodge commissioner John Eaton, Frischmann, and Michael Shuman, a local economies expert and author, among others. A full list of the Thinkers can be found online at http://centreforlocalprosperity.ca/events-2/thinkers-lodge-retreat/the-retreat-thinkers/.

The Thinkers will co-author a roadmap following the retreat, which will be made available to municipalities around the world. A video is also in the works.

For the full event schedule, visit http://centreforlocalprosperity.ca/events-2/thinkers-lodge-retreat/public-students-events-schedule/.