Start on the Dartmouth side or the Halifax side and (st)roll across the bridge. Note what may have changed in the cities before you over the past 50 years. What could change in the next 50? The people you will listen to/read about set in motion a chain of events that led to this scavenger hunt. What chain reaction will you / have you caused?
The Early Years Brian Gifford and Cliff White, two founding members of the EAC, talk about the early years.
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Brian Gifford is retired, living in HRM with his wife Lee Seymour. He visits with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After helping start the Ecology Action Centre in 1971 he home-parented and then worked in various housing non-profits, St. Joseph’s Children’s Centre and Ottawa's municipal social housing branch. He lived in and was very active in co-op housing for 21 years and was active in Nova Scotians for Tax Fairness. He’s an NDP supporter. He has attended and helped organize numerous Climate Change demonstrations. He now volunteers with the Ecology Action Centre, the Affordable Energy Coalition and the Universalist Unitarian Church.
Cliff White says: I grew up in Westphal, then moved to the country, and now live in the middle of Dartmouth. When I finally made it to Dal, I met Brian in a Philosophy class. After working and volunteering at the EAC, I worked many ifferent jobs, including ones in B.C., Ottawa and Papua New Guinea, but mostly in Halifax. Beginning in the eighties I also worked and volunteered on many election campaigns both provincial and federal, and served in every role possible (except office manager). My last employment was as Atlantic Organizer for The Council of Canadians, from which I retired in 2008.
What a bunch of hippies! In 1971, the first thing the EAC’s founding members did was rent a big truck and collect recycled paper, cans and bottles from offices in Halifax. Recycling was a new idea at the time, and this group of cool dudes and dudettes were the first to get the idea of recycling into the hearts and minds of Halifax communities. The early years also saw the EAC get involved in projects relating to pesticides, urban planning, transportation and energy, laying the foundation for what the EAC is today.