Cam Mather and his wife Michelle live off-the-electricity-grid north of Kingston, Ontario. His interest in renewable energy and sustainability began over 23 years ago when his first daughter was born Since then he has spoken to thousands of Canadians about lowering their impact on the planet. He has been featured in a number of newspaper, magazine and television profiles and the City of Burlington’s Sustainable Development Committee produced an educational video about the Mather family called “Changes: a low impact environmental lifestyle”, which won a number of awards.
He was a presenter at the “Wind World” seminar series in the winter of 2003 where 4,000 Canadians learned about renewable energy at 7 cities across Ontario. He and Michelle are the founding editors of “Private Power Magazine – Canada’s Renewable Energy Resource”.
Cam has produced DVDs on how to grow vegetables organically with minimal energy inputs and how to erect a homescale wind turbine.
His first book “Thriving During Challenging Times, The Energy, Food and Financial Independence Handbook” provides a road map for readers to deal with the converging challenges of climate change, peak oil and resource depletion and the economic crisis. His second book “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” shows how to turn your back yard into your own “One-Hundred-Foot-Diet Produce Department” with minimal fossil inputs.
Cam and Michelle run their publishing business on solar and wind power and provide workshops at colleges and events on renewable energy and thriving in challenging times. Cam is a sought after keynote speaker for his ability to motivate audiences to take personal action to reduce their impact on the planet and to make themselves more resilient to the shocks our systems are encountering whether from resource depletion and peak oil, climate change or the financial crisis.