WHAT STARTED WITH A SIMPLE E-MAIL ENDED with U.S. politician-turned-climate activist Al Gore speaking to a packed house of 600 in the Victoria Conference Centre ballroom on Sept. 29. Credit the determination of the three undergrads who made it happen—Jeff Jacobsen, Stefan Krepiakeich and Justin Yorke (left to right in the photo, with Gore)—who convinced the former US vice-president to add Victoria to his speaking tour.
A simulcast of Gore’s talk was provided in the centre’s downstairs theatre where seats were sold at a reduced rate to students. In an unannounced pre-talk visit to the crowd of about 400, Gore urged students to be “even more active” on climate change. “It is the defining crisis of our time and the greatest opportunity to get our act together, globally—and we’re going to do it.”
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