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Protecting Lands Through Art: Sarah Harmer at TEDxBeloHorizonte

Nature and imagination are, as someone once said, the oldest friends, supporting each other in one of the longest symbiotic relationships. Singer and activist Sarah Harmer believes that making art of your place gives it a voice and human power. Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and activist. She has released five solo albums and won numerous Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy Award equivalent). In 2005, Harmer co-founded citizen organization PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) to help protect the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Southern Ontario, from a proposed open pit quarry in the heart of the escarpment's Mount Nemo. She recently testified against impacting the habitat of the Endangered Jefferson Salamander at the Nelson Aggregate Ltd. provincial Joint Board hearing. To support PERL, she and her band embarked on a tour of the escarpment, hiking the Bruce Trail and performing at theatres and community halls along the way. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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