Cowan Life and Legacy Book Tour
The Cowan Life and Legacy Book Tour is generously sponsored by Sitka Foundation.
Biographer Briony Penn will be on tour around British Columbia doing more than 20 events from May - September, 2016. Details below. Check back for updates.
Ian McTaggart Cowan believed in getting into rural communities, talking to people and inspiring them about nature, conservation and science. He also supported the people in these regions that were struggling to defend subsistence lifestyles and natural areas in the face of large industrial pressures. He educated young people through very accessible science about the importance of scientific training that they could take back into their communities and apply. The book tour hopes to bring these messages and the natural history stories back to the rural communities. Show More...
Embedded in those stories are the conservation challenges that rural people have been facing for a century whether it was hydro-electric projects, pipelines or industrial forestry, providing the historical continuity and respect for this work.
The goal is to support grassroots efforts from a wide variety of areas including local fish and wildlife clubs, First Nations, land trusts and conservation organizations. Cowan had the ability to bridge these worlds through his respect for traditional knowledge gained in the field. The tour is an essential part of Cowan's legacy as it highlights the importance of the people who live in and steward the land. Hopefully communities will find some benefit from the new resources that are available to them the University of Victoria. The relationships and networks that are established through personal contact also build the conservation community of BC which can only benefit from strengthening. The critical message that Cowan had was to engage people personally with that enthusiasm for the natural world and what it brings us all. This personal engagement and sharing of stories has been in danger of being lost with such a high emphasis on digital materials. Cowan was always ahead of the game and saw this coming. It was his wish to make the biography an excuse to support local people around British Columbia in their enthusiasm for their place.
Special thanks to MaryLou Wakefield, Communications and Publicity Support, Encore Communications.