Media Advisory - Green group celebrates 40 years of protecting nature and wild spaces in Ontario

        Opening Gala to showcase college students' use of art to fight
                               climate change

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  Wildlands League celebrates its 40th anniversary as a leading
           conservation group in Ontario. The celebration kicks off a week of
           events at a local gallery in Toronto. The Opening Night Gala will
           feature a new exhibit of multi-media installation works by
           Sheridan Design students to promote the group's latest effort to
           fight climate change and to save Polar Bears.

           A bounty of locally grown Ontario Greenbelt food and beverages
           will enhance the celebration. Members of the public will also get
           to vote for their favourite installation. The winning design will
           be the centerpiece and poster for the group's campaign, On Thin
           Ice: Can Carbon in Forests and Bogs Help Save Polar Bears?

    WHO:   Dozens and dozens of college students from the Greater Toronto
           Area, volunteers and friends join board members and Wildlands
           League staff as they celebrate 40 years of protecting wild spaces
           in Ontario.

    WHY:   Wildlands League has a rich and storied history. Nearly 40 years
           ago we successfully called for the Quetico and Killarney
           Provincial Parks to be protected from logging. We also succeeded
           in increasing the amount of protected lands in Algonquin Park.
           Since then we have gone on to become one of the country's leaders
           in advocating for wild spaces and wild species. Our work is not
           done yet. We now turn out sights to the destruction of carbon rich
           ecosystems like the Boreal Forest that store vast amounts of
           carbon and that are vital in the fight against climate change.

           With this new campaign, Wildlands League hopes to raise awareness
           of keeping carbon stored in Ontario's Boreal Forest as one way to
           shield us from the effects of global warming. It may help save
           Polar Bears too.

    WHERE: Hotshot Gallery, 181 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

    WHEN:  Friday February 27th, 6-9pm

           Special media guided tour 7-7:30pm by Laura Nurse (co-curator of
           the exhibit) and Janet Sumner, Executive Director, Wildlands

For further information:

For further information: Janet Sumner, (416) 971-9453 ext 39 office,
(416) 579-7370 mobile,,

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