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Exciting Job Opportunities with the Institute for Climate Choices

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is hiring! The Institute produces rigorous and independent research, analysis and insight to bring clarity to the climate challenges and transformative policy choices ahead for Canada.

As a collaborative team with more than 50 experts from across the country, the successful candidates will be able to work from anywhere in Canada with an internet connection.

Available positions include:

  • Communications Specialist (bilingual French/English required)
  • Content and Production Specialist (bilingual French/English preferred)
  • Senior Advisor, Indigenous Engagement and Research

See the official job postings for more information.

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(Feb 24) Still Creek Streamkeepers Talk Series: Green Infrastructure

On February 24, as part of the Still Creek Streamkeepers Talk Series, ACT Research Assistant Kacia Tolsma will give a presentation on green infrastructure application in the Still Creek area. This talk will focus specifically on bioswales; how they work, how much water they can absorb, design guidelines, and general considerations will all be covered.

Green infrastructure can play a significant role in absorbing rain water; improving water quality, which can have positive benefits for salmon bearing streams; and  improving community vitality and aesthetics.

This talk will be held at Slocan Community Hall on Monday February 24, at 7pm. Light snacks and drinks provided.

We hope to see you there!

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(Feb 13) Research Seminar: The Mental Health Impacts of the Climate Crisis

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University will be welcoming Dr. David Pollack to share his research in a seminar on February 13th, The Mental Health Impacts of the Climate CrisisClimate change has led to increased extreme weather events, intense heat, ocean acidification, air pollution, and biodiversity losses at alarming rates. While the physical health impacts may be obvious, the less visible mental health impacts are significant and alarming.

The presentation will cover topics involving mental health and climate, exploring how humans are affected. Evidence demonstrates increasing incidence and exacerbation of acute and chronic emotional distress and illness. Psychiatric patients, by virtue of their illnesses, socioeconomic status and medications, possess particular vulnerabilities to climate impacts. It will explore the impacts of heat on aggression, violence and suicide; the impacts of air pollution on anxiety, developmental disorders and dementia; and the broader impacts of acute traumatic events as well as the pervasive reality and immediacy of the climate crisis on generalized eco-anxiety, “nature deficit disorder” and ecological grief. It will conclude with discussion of recommended interventions at the individual, clinical and public health levels.

Thursday, February 13 – Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. PST
9920 Blusson Hall, Faculty of Health Sciences SFU
* This seminar will be webcasted and recorded here.

 

David A. Pollack, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus for Public Policy at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and represents two major psychiatric organizations on the steering committee of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, and serves on the OHSU Sustainability Steering Committee.

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ACT is hiring!

 

ACT has an exciting job opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow starting May 1st, 2020. The successful candidate will join the Integrated Climate Action in BC Communities team, carrying out research with local governments across BC on planning-to-implementation pathways for low carbon resilience approaches that reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change, with multiple co-benefits.

 

 

 

 

Please see the job description for further details.

Applications close Feb 28th.

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(Feb 3) Accounting for Natural Assets: a Low Carbon Resilience Approach

Natural assets are increasingly important under future climate changes. Accounting for them is considered to be a primary low carbon resilience (LCR) approach that can help communities reduce vulnerability to current and projected climate impacts and emissions over time. 

In our newly released Accounting for Natural Assets report, we summarize the findings of a detailed analysis into the tangible value of natural assets, such as wetlands, forests, and coastlines, with the aim of helping local government decision-makers better understand how other communities are valuing natural assets. The document summarizes best practice and proxy data for communities to consider in their own asset management planning, and showcases the adaptation and mitigation benefits of natural assets.

 

 

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(Feb 18th) Advancing Nature-Based Solutions in Canada: High-Level Panel and World Café

Join us at our upcoming event, Advancing Nature-Based Solutions in Canada: a High-Level Panel and World Café.

In partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Insurance Bureau of Canada, ACT is co-hosting a free event to explore nature-based solution in Canada on February 18th, 2020. This event seeks to assemble a diversity of voices that can provide input on the challenges and opportunities for accelerating the uptake of nature-based solutions across Canada to support climate resilience.

Moderated by Michelle Brownlee, Director General of the Strategic Policy Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada, the panel discussion in the first part of the event will feature high-level participants from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government, Indigenous communities, and a youth representative. The second part of the event will feature small group sessions, where participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on a suite of topics with subject matter experts.

 

Registration and more information can be found here.

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(Feb 12-27) Metro 2050: Planning Now for Future Generations

Metro Vancouver’s Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue Series

Metro Vancouver is updating its regional growth strategy, referred to as Metro 2050, to make it more effective and resilient to change. The updates will take place over three phases between 2019 and 2022, and will take into consideration social equity, climate change, impacts of growth policies, and how we protect the places we care about.

Help shape the future of the region by sharing your thoughts with other local experts on innovative solutions to challenging regional issues. Join one, or all four February events in the Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues Series to learn, ask questions, and share your perspectives on the update.

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Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate (April 22-24)

British Columbia’s Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) and Ecological Accounting Process (EAP) are encouraging local action on nature based solutions.

Rather than continuing to attempt to do more with less, local governments have an opportunity to do things differently––and achieve better results––by including natural assets in asset management processes. Learn more about British Columbia’s MNAI and EAP at the 3rd Annual  Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate, from April 22nd-24th in Courtenay, BC. The symposium is part of an ongoing series that highlights the power of collaboration between elected leaders, ENGO’s and industry professionals.

Emanuel Machado, MNAI Chair, and Tim Pringle, EAP Chair, will discuss what it means to transform how local governments view ecological systems and the services they provide.

Register here. 

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(January 21) The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is a new independent national research body that brings together experts from a broad range of disciplines––including ACT’s own Deborah Harford who is on the Institute’s Expert Adaptation Panel. The Institute aims to help decision-makers and Canadians understand and evaluate the policy choices that could put Canada on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and build a clean, prosperous and resilient future that benefits all Canadians.

The Institute has launched an initial report titled Charting Our Course, which takes stock of the current climate policy landscape in Canada and makes the case for how better integration among areas of expertise and conventional policy silos can contribute to a more resilient and prosperous future. 

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(February 4) Show me the Money: Sustainable Municipal Project Funding Webinar

Join us in attending the next webinar in the series Show me the Money: Sustainable Municipal Project Funding on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this webinar will focus on available funding and grant writing and stacking tips.

The webinar will be offered in both English and French. Participants in French are invited to join from 1:00-1:45PM EST, with the English webinar following from 1:45-2:30PM EST.

To register, click here.

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(January 14) BC Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Workshops

On January 14, 2020, the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative will be hosting free workshops in locations across BC to help agricultural producers from all sectors, wildfire response and emergency personnel, and local government representatives prepare for wildfire. This workshop will teach attendees about how to respond in case of wildfire, while also ensuring the efficacy and safety of local emergency response.

The workshop is designed to enable attendees to:

1) Reduce their risk of the climate change impacts of more frequent and higher intensity wildfires.

2) Connect with government representatives responsible for wildfire and emergency planning, as well as local wildfire and emergency response personnel.

3) Learn local wildfire behaviour, threat, and history, and how to apply lessons learned to structural protection.

4) Develop customized wildfire preparedness plan that outlines what needs to occur before, during, and after a fire.

Another important element of users wildfire plans is a wildfire preparedness property map. These maps are used to provide information to emergency responders in the event of a wildfire. Attendees will have the option to ask the host to develop their base map OR to create their own base map to bring to the workshop.

To learn more about this event and register, please click here.

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(December 11) Adapting Mi’kmaq Communities of Prince Edward Island to Climate Change Impacts

Prince Edward Island First Nation Communities are very vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise, coastal erosion and changing climatic conditions with many critical infrastructure components at risk to climate related events. This webinar will discuss the key elements for adaptation for these communities, such as climate change vulnerability assessments, adaptation planning, evaluation of the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation options, emergency management planning for climate related events and risk of forest fires and drought. Other areas of discussion in this webinar include community consultations, which are an essential part of development plans and the use of technological tools to obtain relevant data such as LiDAR, aerial photo procurement, drones, CLIVE visual technology, bathymetric surveys and climate model assessment.

Presenters for this Webinar include:

Mr. Don Jardine, Senior Scientist, DE Jardine Consulting. Mr. Jardine is the senior scientist with DE Jardine Consulting and has worked in this capacity since 2009. He has worked as a project manager with the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab managing the installation of many climate monitoring stations across Prince Edward Island and has performed analysis of the climate data collected. He has been involved in conducting climate change vulnerability studies in several communities in Atlantic Canada, including First Nation communities on Prince Edward Island and has worked on a variety of climate change issues over the past 15 years.

Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Dean of Science, School of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Fenech has worked extensively in the area of climate change since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change First Assessment Report in 1988. He has edited 8 books on climate change, most recently on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Middle East. Dr. Fenech has worked for Harvard University researching the history of the science/policy interfaces of climate change. He has represented Canada at international climate negotiating sessions; written climate policy speeches for Canadian Environment Ministers; and authored Canadian reports on climate change to the United Nations.

Randy Angus, Director, Integrated Resource Management, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI. Randy has worked with the two First Nations of PEI for over 13 years on resource management matters. Recognition that climate change has the potential to impact communities and resources has lead to him working on climate change issues for the last 9 years.

Wednesday December 11, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST.  To register, click here:

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(December 3) Launch of En-Roads Climate Solution Simulator

En-ROADS is a ground-breaking online climate simulator which provides users with an opportunity to explore pathways to address the global climate crisis, foster meaningful conversations, and precipitate change. The En-ROADS simulator, over ten years in the making, has been co-developed with system dynamics modelers and joint efforts from teams at the Climate Interactive and MIT Sustainability Initiative.

With En-ROADS users can explore dynamics in global energy supply, land-use, transportation, carbon removal, and more, to learn unique insights on how these driving forces—and the policies which dictate their behaviour—affect a variety of climate impacts, from temperature change to sea level rise.

Register for a launch webinars to see a demonstration of this powerful tool and the ways it can be used.

To sign up for a launch webinar, click here. 

To explore the En-ROADS simulator, click here. 

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(December 6) An Introduction to Climate Information for Decision Making: Pilot Presentation Webinar

Registration is now open for the Introduction to Climate Information for Decision Making Pilot Presentation Webinar.

This webinar will introduce participants to a new PowerPoint presentation that will be available in February 2020 for public use.

This presentation is being developed as part of a collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Service (CCCS), Ouranos, and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC). The intent of this slide deck is to provide a baseline model of information about climate change and its important in decision making. These slides are intended to be a starting point from which practitioners can continue to build capacity.

The main presenter is Kari Tyler, the user engagement and training specialist at PCIC in Victoria, BC. Kari has a masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She brings extensive experience working in climate change adaptation and resilience to her role at PCIC.

With assistance from:

  • Elaine Barrow joined CCCS at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) earlier this year, and is involved in the development of ClimateData.ca, as well as in developing and delivering training materials to help decision makers understand how to use climate information.
  • Stephanie Austin joined CCCS at ECCC as a Policy Advisor in 2017, where she works on training and knowledge translation. She was previously a project lead with the Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) at McGill University and Wageningen University (the Netherlands).

To register for what is sure to be a fascinating webinar, click here.

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(November 25) Defenders of Wildlife is Hiring a Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst

Defenders of Wildlife is hiring a Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst! This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s strategic goal of ensuring effective climate change policies and practices to conserve wildlife, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, key species and focal landscapes. The incumbent will engage with federal departments and agencies to advance wildlife adaptation science and strategies in national forests plans, national wildlife refuge comprehensive conservation plans, resource management plans, and other public planning processes for projects with major habitat impacts. The Policy Analyst for Climate Change Adaptation will also collaborate with Defenders’ Field Conservation offices to develop and implement state, tribal, and regional strategies for habitat conservation and connectivity that are critical to climate adaptation, and integrate efforts with Defenders’ other policy program priorities led by our Government Relations, Conservation Law, Communications and other departments.

Essential duties include:

  • Engage in public land and natural resources management and similar conservation planning processes.
  • Advocate to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that the threat of climate change is weighed appropriately in listing, management and recovery planning for endangered and threatened species.
  • Identify and promote the best available scientific information on climate change and wildlife adaptation to federal, state, tribal and local governments to incorporate that information in climate adaptation planning, policies and strategies.
  • Analyze and draft technical comments in response to proposed regulatory changes, administrative policy proposals and project-level actions affecting wildlife and habitat climate change adaptation.
  • Analyze proposed legislation, and work with Defenders’ Government Relations staff and partners to educate Congressional offices on climate change adaptation for wildlife and habitats. Assist in identifying legislative champions and coordinating messaging and outreach to federal legislators and their staff to advance a progressive climate and conservation agenda for wildlife.
  • Closely coordinate engagement on climate adaptation and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices and other key staff.
  • Research, write, and/or edit materials on climate change and wildlife, educate and mobilize Defenders’ members and activists, and communicate to diverse audiences Defenders’ position on proposed policy and legislative initiatives, including but not limited to reports, website content, blogs, factsheets, testimony and other publications.
  • Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, news media, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, Defenders’ membership, donors, and the public to further Defenders’ departmental and organizational objectives.
  • Work with Development staff to raise operating funds for Defenders’ Landscape Conservation department.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

For more information about those position including qualifications, expectations, and salary visit the Defenders of Wildlife website. 

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(November 22) Introducing the Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals Course for Professional Development

The Inspiring Climate Action: BC Professionals’ Adaptation Network project has released their first professional development course offering. Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals will run for four weeks and will be facilitated by Dr. Stewart Cohen, a contributing scientist to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Designed for members of Professional Associations across BC, this course will equip participants with the knowledge to

  • Explain the core concepts of climate science
  • Distinguish between weather, climate variability and climate change
  • Describe current climate trends, regional impacts and the role of adaptation
  • Analyze different regional climate change scenarios, impacts, and opportunities for adaptation and mitigation
  • Develop a high-level plan for integrating climate change adaptation into practice.

This is a four week online course offered through Royal Roads University. The start date is February 3, 2020. To learn more about this course, or to register, click here.

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