"It was really the Club of Rome that inspired me to become an environmentalist back in the 60s. Ever since, I've lived my life with the awareness that our resources are finite, and that includes the Earth's capacity to absorb garbage," says Tom. "But my bete noire, the issue I'm most passionate about, is pollution from coal-fired power plants."
Tom is delighted that the Sierra Club BC was successful in mobilizing British Columbians to stop coal-fired power plants from being built in this province. A keen cyclist who spent much of his working life in Ontario, Tom experienced first-hand the health impacts of this kind of pollution.
"As a cyclist you breathe three times the amount of pollution than the person in the car passing you. Not many people know that over 1,700 hundred people die and 6,000 are hospitalized in Toronto every year for pollution-related respiratory distress," says Tom.
A retired lawyer, Tom enjoys the outdoors in any form - camping, hiking, birding or sailing. He would like to see a campaign to promote the use of clothes racks in households instead of electricity-guzzling, expensive (and unnecessary!) dryers.