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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

September 15, 2016 by Speakers' Spotlight

Sheila Watt-Cloutier: TEDxYYC, Human Trauma and Climate Trauma As One

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.  At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

Sheila recently spoke for TEDx Calgary (YYC) and in her talk, urges us all to recognize the intimate connection between the suffering of Aboriginal peoples and the degradation of the global climate. Sheila feels that trauma at the human level and trauma on the planetary level are one and the same, believing that both the consequences of the historical suppression of Aboriginal cultures and the trauma we now inflict on our planet as a result of misguided human interventions are normal reactions to abnormal circumstances. Watch above.