Farrell Boyce : Environmentalist of the Year – 1992

Farrell Boyce is well known for his involvement in promoting environmental awareness, ecosystem understanding and ecological harmony and balance through his work, music, art and written articles.

Farrell has contributed to our overall scientific understanding of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem for more than 20 years, and for the past 10 years has carried his environmental message through songs, art, school performances, newspaper articles, and projects such as “Ecocity”, “Vision 90”, and “On the Edge”. His impact has been through leadership with the scientific community, in the educational field and with the public at large.

Because he is both an artist and a scientist, his insights on the environment are highly original and very effective. As an environmental scientist he strives to bring a sense of balance and environmental expertise by writing thought-provoking, in-depth articles on complex local and global environmental issues.

His efforts to publicly link science and cultural activities have been often criticized and misunderstood by some of his scientific peers but he persisted to argue for a broader societal dialogue and synthesis of views on the environment.

As one of his nominators wrote, “His message is ecological balance in our daily lives. He delivers this message with his whole body and soul.”

Think of the forests, and dream of canoes, how the seasons have circled, how the future must choose.

From a song written by Farrell Boyce on the banks of Red Hill Creek.