It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of the activist and founder of Nature Québec, Harvey Mead. His commitment to the protection of nature, his benevolence, his rigor, his analytical mind and his vision have greatly contributed to the emergence of a strong environmental community in Quebec. The man who was the province?s first sustainable development commissioner leaves behind him a great legacy for the protection of the environment.
Unforgettable expedition to protect the Magpie River
Mr. Mead was part of the movement Adoptez une rivière, which gave birth to the Rivières Foundation in 2002. Two years later, he made a great rafting descent of the Magpie River, threatened by the construction of a private hydroelectric dam. His presence as well as that of several other environmentalists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr, allowed the emergence of a strong mobilization movement for the preservation of the Magpie River. Kennedy Jr did not hesitate to compare it to the Mona Lisa during a press conference on the return of the expeditionaries.
A visionary with a critical mind
About ten years after founding the Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature (now Nature Québec) in 1981, Mr. Mead held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and Conservation at the Ministère de l? Quebec environment. Realizing that his initiatives represented a threat to the political interests of the Minister and his colleagues at the time, Mr. Mead resigned. It was as Assistant Auditor General that he realized that ?the source of the failure of the environmental movement lay in the economic model that demands unlimited growth of human activity within a limited world and planet. »
According to the president and co-founder of the Rivières Foundation, Alain Saladzius, Mr. Mead was invaluable advice as well as an inspiration. ?I have always found with him, especially for the protection of rivers, a good analysis, good advice and the necessary encouragement to continue the work. »
The Rivières Foundation thanks him for his work, that is to say the creation of an environment for the defense of nature with benefits that will last for a long time. We send our best thoughts to his loved ones, with the commitment to continue the search for a better world.
A celebration of Harvey Mead's life will take place on February 18 on the shores of the St. Quai des Cageux in Quebec, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. At her request, no flowers or donations; simply your commitment to having a positive impact on nature.