How space exploration allowed this NASA astronaut to truly see global challenges

Oct 19 2017, 11:03 pm

Looking at something from a new perspective can make a world of difference.

Take former NASA astronaut and scientist, Dr. Cady Coleman, for example. Like many people who have seen Earth from orbit, Dr. Cady Coleman came back with a desire to make our planet a better place.

Coleman has flown on the Space Shuttle twice and spent almost six months on the International Space Station. So yeah, you could definitely say that she has seen planet Earth from an entirely new perspective!

As a result, Coleman is turning her focus to global challenges. Now you’ll be able to hear her ideas as she’s speaking at the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference at the Convention Centre on November 1.

Dr. Cady Coleman/Zero Waste Conference

The former astronaut will be drawing on her work with LAUNCH.ORG and LAUNCH NORDIC, two organizations dedicated to creating networks of change-makers and thought-leaders to accelerate the transition to Circular Economy.

Coleman is just one of the remarkable speakers you’ll get to learn from at the one-day conference. Others include food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Martin Charter, founder and president of Eco Fashion Week, Myriam Laroche, and many more industry-leading panelists.

Zero Waste Conference/Metro Vancouver

This year’s theme is “A Circular Economy Within Reach,” featuring panel discussions regarding the latest in food waste reduction, textile recycling, plastics, business innovation, and circular cities (looking at how cities are moving to be more sustainable).

The Circular Economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

As a result, the Circular Economy approach offers us the most realistic way of reaching our goals of eliminating waste and working more productively.

So whether you’re part of a government body, a forward-looking business, or seeking a greater understanding of key sustainability trends, it’s beneficial for you to attend the conference, so you can what to expect with the move to zero waste and the Circular Economy. After all, the shift to the Circular Economy will have impacts in all aspect of our lives.

Tickets to the Zero Waste Conference cost $200 each and you can snap up yours now via rsvpBOOK.

Learn more about the conference, keynote speakers, and panellists by visiting Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Conference blog.

Zero Waste Conference 2017

When: November 1, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place
Price: $200 –  Register here

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