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Al McNair was a champion for better environmental planning

In Barrie
Oct 19th, 2021
Bob Bowles is an award-winning writer, artist, photographer and naturalist and the founder and co-ordinator of the Ontario master naturalist certificate program at Lakehead University

From Simcoe.com, October 17, 2021
By Bob Bowles

We are moving every day toward a climate crisis. Loss of biodiversity, fires and drought in the west, storms and flooding in the east, long deep freezes in winter, long dry seasons in summer.

Weather has become more unpredictable, which is now impacting our climate, food production, species survival and the future of mankind.

Humans need to cut down on consumption, waste and emissions with increased environmental awareness. Municipal staff need to become more educated on the value of mature trees and wetlands to mitigate against increasing impacts from climate change.

Sadly, this summer we lost a good friend and a champion for environmental activism and better planning.
Al McNair lived in Barrie and worked as an environmental planner. Al had a great understanding of environmental issues and was passionate about his beliefs, so some called him an activist or tree hugger.

He was certainly that, but also much more, with an advanced understanding of the environment. He also showed love and support of community, giving many volunteer hours working toward a better place to live for everyone. Kind, caring and friendly, he was the prefect advocate of better planning and always a good listener, open to new ideas.

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