POSTPONED - Macdonald Campus Founder's Day celebration
Note: Founder's Day is postponed until further notice.
Restoring Biodiversity on the Macdonald Campus
Founder's Day - February 9, 2023
How do we act locally to safeguard nature, halt and reverse biodiversity loss, and put nature on a path to recovery by 2050?
The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held in Montréal, Quebec, the seat of the UN CBD Secretariat, in December 2022. At that meeting, governments from around the world agreed to the Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework, a historic global framework to safeguard nature and halt and reverse biodiversity loss, putting nature on a path to recovery by 2050. As is the case for all global environmental issues, it is imperative that we think globally and act locally.
Macdonald Campus is the largest private land holding on the island of Montreal and one of the island’s largest and most biodiverse green spaces. Macdonald Campus is both a biodiversity hotspot and a national centre of biodiversity research, teaching, and monitoring. But we need to do more to protect and support the biodiversity living on and around our campus.
Macdonald Campus 2023 Founder’s Day celebrations will focus on “service in any sphere in which one finds life” with a focus on campus biodiversity, highlighting current and future Macdonald Campus initiatives that document, protect, and enhance campus biodiversity. The event will showcase what Macdonald Campus students and staff are doing to make our campus a better and more biodiverse place. The event will also encourage us to act locally, as a campus and as a community, in support of the Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework commitments to safeguard nature, halt and reverse biodiversity loss, and put nature on a path to recovery by 2050.
Founder’s Day Ceremony 2023 - Order of Proceedings
Macdonald Stewart Lobby
8:15-15:00 Founder’s Day and Campus Biodiversity Interactive Story Boards on display
13:00-13:30 Coffee, tea, and cupcakes
13:00-13:30 Biodiversity poster session, meet staff & students involved in the initiatives
13:30-14:10 Founder’s Day Ceremony in Faculty Lounge
14:10-15:00 Biodiversity poster session, meet staff & students involved in the initiatives