TerreWEB Seminar: Dirk Brinkman
April 8, 2015
“Some small steps in the long march to an Ecological Civilization”
Thursday, April 9th
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Room MCML 260
Abstract: China’s accelerated industrial economy’s unintended consequences have caused its leadership to reach desperately beyond today to a vision of a ‘clean’ future they are calling an “ecological civilization”. We are either all on the long march to an ecological civilization or we are heading for unthinkable ecological and geopolitical chaos. Some fundamental change this will require can be glimpsed through Canada’s aboriginal culture. Some of the Brinkman Group’s small steps on this journey have been inspired by our aboriginal friends: live where you work; coming of age through the extreme sport of treeplanting; replace what you take; transformation through community; restoration biomass; restore the land to restore balance in all perturbed earth systems.
Dirk’s BIO: CEO of the Brinkman Group. Studied Philosophy of Religion. Worked in BC wilderness summers 1968-70. Fall 1970 won one of BC’s first reforestation contracts. 1.2 billion trees planted later, this environmental entrepreneur’s world has expanded. In the 1980’s shaped forest policy from ‘reforestation as an investment in the future’ into ‘replacing the capital taken as a basic cost of harvesting’ by innovating ecologically appropriate mixed species and contour planting; and making industry responsible for reforestation. 1990’s expanded into restoring disturbed ecosystems in urban development (e.g. Sea to Sky highway, doubling GTA’s canopy cover to increase permeable surfaces). In late 1990s developed tropical reforestation operations in Central America–BARCA today manages +10,000 ha teak & agroforestry investments. In early 2000’s began developing GHG removal land use change projects: e.g. Whistler Cheakamus Community Forest Carbon Project and see the business as re-balancing perturbed earth systems. In 2007, co-founded The Earth Partners LP in the US, which restores degraded ecosystem and agriculture lands (e.g. restoring Texas range-land through removal of encroached mesquite/juniper on 1 million+ acres.). In 2003 began to partner with aboriginal communities through Brinkman Forest to co-manage forest licences e.g. TFL#1 for Lax Kw ‘alaams, JV w/ Haisla Forest & LP w/ Gitxsan Forest & Stikine Forest, all in NW BC. We align well with local indigenous communities commitment to stewardship and that has developed into energy resource development. JV w/ Gitanyow and w/ Gitxsan to clear the NW Transmission line through their territories and some LNG work. In 2012 my spousal assistant (husband) role for Joyce Murray (MP) intensified w/ her leadership bid for the Liberal Party of Canada. Her sustainable policy focus and vision for a sustainable society for 7 generations placed her a strong second. Canada’s aboriginal cultures and their revival may show China how to realize its vision for an “ecological civilization”.
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