I could not exactly remember how it came about that I should meet Johnny Biosphere. I think it was a connection with his daughter Jane, who asked me if I would like a visitor to my elementary school classroom to speak about the environment. She did not give me any further details. This was in the early 1980s and I was interested in any opportunity for my students to be exposed to new ideas, so I agreed.

Well, you can imagine my pure delight when a very tall, lanky gentleman with a fearsome twinkle in his eye and spring in his step turned up at my classroom door at Principal Sparling School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Of course, the fact that he was wearing a globe much larger than a beach ball on his back immediately captured our attention. He then proceeded to spray “acid rain” on all of us. If...

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