TVO's Allan Gregg interviews Reese Halter, conservation scientist, and Stephanie Nolen, Africa correspondent for The Globe and Mail

    Reese Halter and Stephanie Nolen on Allan Gregg in Conversation
    Friday June 22, 2007 at 10 pm on TVO
    Repeated Saturday June 23 at 6 pm and Sunday June 24 at 11:00 pm

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Spend quality time with two fascinating guests on
Allan Gregg in Conversation, Friday June 22, 2007 at 10 pm on TVO:
conservation scientist Reese Halter (author, Wild Weather: The Truth Behind
Global Warming), and Stephanie Nolen, Africa correspondent for The Globe and
Mail (author, 28: Stories of Aids in Africa).
    In Wild Weather, syndicated science writer and bestselling children's
author Reese Halter delves into the causes of global warming and extreme
weather - including epic natural catastrophes from Hurricane Katrina to
Canadian ice storms - and offers ways we can get involved to effect
environmental change. In his conversation with Allan Gregg, Halter discusses
how much of what we see in Canadian weather recently is related to global
warming. He talks about the economics of the environment, including the
opportunities offered through "eco-capitalism" such as building a world-class
solar industry, and how Canada can participate. Optimistic about the future,
Halter also discusses the important role that young people play in making a
positive difference to the environment: "Change happens when kids take it home
and tell the old folks," remarks Halter.
    In the second part of the program, Gregg talks with Stephanie Nolen about
28, described by Stephen Lewis as the best book ever written on AIDS in
Africa. Nolen writes of the extraordinary stories of 28 people fighting
HIV/AIDS - each representing one million of the 28 million Africans infected
with the virus. Nolen talks with Gregg about the significant changes - such as
increased access to antiretroviral treatment and diminished shame and fear -
she has seen in the four years since she started covering the story in Africa.
Nolen also talks about the other victims of AIDS: the families left behind.
Nolen's examples include a 73-year-old woman raising 12 of her grandchildren
in Zambia, where "you have to fetch your own firewood, grow all your own
food." And, 8- and 11-year-old children - now orphans - in charge of their
younger brothers and sisters. Nolen describes how their stories have affected
her personally and why she feels privileged to spend time with these
"unbelievably courageous, resilient ... people."
    Allan Gregg in Conversation features host Allan Gregg in
thought-provoking discussion with some of the world's foremost thinkers on
social, cultural, political and economic issues.

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