Watersheds 2016: Register Now


Registration is now open for Watersheds 2016: Building Capacity for Collaboration and Watershed Governance in British Columbia.

Space is limited- register early, and take advantage of the reduced early-bird rate!

Watersheds 2016 is a 1.5 day forum designed to build on learnings from Watersheds 2014. It will bridge and complement with the Living Waters Rally, an event to be hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance from September 27th – 30th, 2016 in Vancouver. The combination of events creates a fantastic opportunity for 5 days of learning to improve the health of Canadian waters!

Through panel sessions, field trips, breakout workshops, structured peer-to-peer learning and networking, participants will build skills and enhance capacity for watershed governance in British Columbia. Core themes in the preliminary program include: Indigenous-led governance initiatives, collaborative watershed governance, and sustainable funding.

WHEN: September 30thOctober 1st
WHERE: SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, B.C.
REGISTRATION: Please visit the registration webpage. *Space is limited. Register early!

Watersheds 2016 is co-organized by four core partners: The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, The Canadian Freshwater Alliance, The Fraser Basin Council, and The First Nations Fisheries Council. 

The forum is made possible by financial contributions from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, and is co-sponsored by Simon Fraser University’s Pacific Water Research Centre. Other event partners include the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, WWF-Canada, the Forum for Leadership on Water, Evergreen, and Water Canada.

 Click here for more information, and click here to register


FACTS Event: Biodiversity and Innovation


You and invited to the conference FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks) “Biodiversity and Innovation” in partnership with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver. This free public discussion will be held in the auditorium of the Beaty Museum on May 13th 2016 from 6.00pm, just a few days prior to theInternational Day for Biological Diversity.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Beatty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: FREE registration at factsvan16.eventbrite.ca

Click here May 13 at 6pm to join the live webcast

In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted by France last December (COP 21 – Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States have been organizing the FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks) conference series since 2014 (http://facts.france-science.org ). More than 80 renowned panelists have been involved, and 8,000 people were impacted across the continents. In Western Canada, FACTS “Biodiversity and Innovation” will be the fourth one held in the region. Find out more about the previous editions: http://www.consulfrance-vancouver.org/-French-Ameri-Can-Climate-Talks-FACTS-

With major steps taken towards the preservation of natural habitats and species in 2016,
FACTS Vancouver (http://www.consulfrance-vancouver.org/FACTS-Vancouver-biodiversite-et-innovation) aims at focusing on the linkage between biodiversity and innovation.

A diverse panel composed of some renowned scientists, entrepreneurs and researchers from both France and Canada will be debating on the latest methods to protect biodiversity and on the recent significant innovations that remediate anthropogenic alterations.

The conference will be moderated by CBC’s Dominique Arnoldi with keynote Ross Beaty, and will include:

Dr. Wayne Maddison, Director of the Spencer Entomological
Collection, Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Dr Mathieu Leporini, Science and Technology Attache of the
Consulate of France in Vancouver

Dr. Jean-Christophe Auffray, Counsellor for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France to Canada: France and Biodiversity

Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul general of France in Vancouver: The challenges of the implementation of the Paris agreement

Joseph Pallant, Manager of Brinkman Climate: Offset projects

Prof. Daniel Pauly Human impacts on marine biodiversity – lessons and future in the context on climate change

Prof. Jedediah Brodie Integrated projects to protect terrestrial biodiversity

Dr. Raphaël LamiI Examples of research and innovation in the biodiversity sector

Alexandre Cluchier Land mitigation applied to land and natural
environment development in the context of climate change

Colleen Giroux-Schmidt Biodiversity conservation applied to renewable energy project development

Reception to follow from 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm under the whale in the hall.


Webinar: Understanding the Paris Agreement and its Implications


Register now for this upcoming webinar offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the Harvard Kennedy School:

Understanding the Paris Agreement and its Implications 
Thursday June 2nd, 1:00 pm Eastern Time

In April 2016, more than 175 nations signed the Paris Agrement, an event that may well be remembered as the critical turning point in mankind’s battle to slow down and minimize the impacts of global warming.  This webinar will assess the status of efforts to address global climate change, including both the international negotiations and domestic actions in the United States and elsewhere. Presenters will address how the Agreement itself can be implemented successfully in the context of previous policy architectures and implementation. Speakers will also discuss recent bilateral announcements by China and the United States and the role they played in leading up to Paris and going forward. Join us on June 2 to learn about the key elements of the Paris Agreement, the major challenges that remain for successful implementation, the prospective role to be played by carbon markets, heterogeneous international linkage and implications for industry and subnational government.

Click here to register.


ACT ED at Metro Vancouver Sustainability Breakfast


On April 21st, ACT Executive Director Deb Harford spoke at one of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Breakfasts focusing on climate change adaptation. She spoke alongside representatives from Metro Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and the City of North Vancouver.

Presentations from this event are now online. Click here to see Deb’s presentation as well as those of the other excellent speakers.


Job with David Suzuki Foundation: Energy & Climate Policy Analyst


An exciting climate job opportunity with the David Suzuki Foundation:

Policy Analyst: Renewable Energy & Climate Solutions 
Full time, permanent (34 hours/week)
Application deadline: May 15th

• Recognized as a DSF expert in their area(s) of specialization (climate change and clean energy).
• Implements and takes responsibility for the outcome of the plans, strategies and initiatives associated with their work.
• Contribute to the development of integrated strategies for research, communications, campaigning, development, and project delivery in support of Science and Policy goals and objectives.
• Develop and prepare discussion papers, technical reports, briefing notes, presentations, correspondence, and communications backgrounders.
• Attend meetings and maintain ongoing contact with other organizations and researchers active in the climate change solutions field. Integrate information and assess the significance and implications of policy positions and strategies.
• Build DSF’s profile with the public through different channels (public speaking, academic conferences, print, social media, on camera interviews, etc.) using technical analysis and science.
• Collaborate with other David Suzuki Foundation staff and local community partners on regional projects.
• Identify opportunities arising from emerging trends and generates options for engaging them.
• Supervise and coordinate the publication of reports, and other projects, as required. May include supervision and coordination of contractors in the preparation of reports.
• Present recommendations to team manager and or director, as requested.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Bob Sandford on Water Security and Climate Stability


Bob Sandford, ACT’s senior water adviser, gave a presentation last week to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome in Ottawa. Bob’s talk was entitled “Hot & Bothered: Water Security, Climate Stability, & Human & Planetary Health in a Warming World.”

In addition to being the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health, Bob is also the author of ACT’s water governance report and co-author of our latest book, The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World.

Click here to view his presentation.


Infographic on Flood Risk

This helpful new infographic on flood risk explains why everyone should care about floods, even those who don’t live near water. View below, or click here to download.




Communicating Impacts and Adaptation: Engaging Communities When Climate Change Comes Home


Friends in Victoria, check out this upcoming event:

Communicating Impacts and Adaptation: Engaging Communities When Climate Change Comes Home
May 9th, 2016
7:00 pm
Room A104, Bob Wright Centre, University of Victoria

Please join the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions for a public presentation by Dr. Susanne Moser. How can we best engage people around the challenges of climate change adaptation? This presentation will offer insights into effective communication of climate change impacts and adaptation, with particular emphasis on the psychological dimensions that can help or hinder constructive and sustained engagement in these issues.

Susanne C. Moser, Ph.D., Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, and Social Science Research Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is an internationally recognized expert on climate change communication, adaptation, and science-policy interactions.

Click here for more information.


Flood Control Structures Harm Fish in Fraser River

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

A new study from researchers at Simon Fraser University argues that hundreds of small flood-control structures in the lower Fraser River are robbing salmon and other fish of valuable habitat while creating conditions for non-native species to flourish.

From The Vancouver Sun‘s profile of the research:

“The study looked at five sites with flood-control structures and five without in the Allouette, Pitt and Fraser systems, 44 to 57 kilometres from the ocean.

“Juvenile salmon were 2.5 times more abundant at the sites without floodgates and 11.7 times greater specifically for coho salmon, while prickly sculpin and native minnow were 37.2 and 11.7 times more abundant, respectively….

“The destructive power of larger dams to fish habitat is well known, but the influence of smaller-scale flood-control structures is much less documented. Floodgates typically are designed to close during high tides and the spring freshet to prevent upstream flooding into farm fields and urban areas.

“The problem is that the floodgates can also block the passage of fish and create low-oxygen zones in which certain non-native species can survive. Pump houses often associated with the floodgates can also be lethal to migrating fish. In late summer and fall there may also not be enough downstream flow to open the floodgates, a problem that could be resolved by forcing the gates open.”

Read more from the article here.


Submit Your Comments to Canada’s Climate Change Plan


The Government of Canada currently has an open, online feedback opportunity for comments and ideas to inform Canada’s new strategic framework on climate change.

Topics include:

  • General ideas on addressing climate change
  • How and where to reduce emissions
  • Ideas for clean technology, innovation, and jobs
  • Preparing for the impacts of climate change
  • Putting a price on carbon

Click here to read more about Canada’s plan and provide your feedback.


Earth Day Radio Interview with ACT ED











ACT’s Executive Director Deb Harford did a radio interview for Earth Day 2016 on Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 Vancouver.

Other guests were the David Suzuki Foundation’s ‘Queen of Green’ Lindsey Coulter and SFU Education professor Heesoon Bai who runs North America’s first Master of Education Degree program in Contemplative Inquiry.

The guests discussed how people feel about climate change and what we can do to respond to its threats. Click here to listen to the clip.


Canadian Water Resources Association BC AGM and Presentation


The Canadian Water Resources Association, BC Branch, has a special presentation as part of their upcoming AGM:

Floodplains by Design: Lessons from Our US Colleagues 
May 11th, 2016
1:00-4:30 pm
Surrey City Hall, Room 418
13450 104 Ave, Surrey BC

The BC Branch is pleased to announce that Bob Carey, of The Nature Conservancy, will be venturing across the border to speak about the successes and lessons learned from the Floodplains by Design program. This program recognises that floodplains and rivers deliver a wealth of economic, natural and cultural benefits, but also that flood management does not necessarily recognise this.  The Floodplains by Design program works at changing this through partnerships and integrated projects that improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitats, improve water quality and enhance outdoor recreation. Come out to our workshop to whet your appetite on this novel and successful approach to flood management that is happening just over the 49th parallel.

The presentation will be followed by the BC Branch AGM.  Any and all members in good standing are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Registration for the presentation is not required if you are just attending the AGM.

A social networking event will follow at a Central Surrey restaurant/pub.  Details to come.

Register for the presentation online at:https://www.regonline.com/FloodplainsbyDesignandAGM


Apply Now: Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health


The Fraser Basin Council is now accepting applications for their Elizabeth Henry Scholarship:

Apply now for a $2,000 scholarship for research on communities and environmental health!

Applications for the inaugural Elizabeth Henry Scholarship are being accepted now through May 10, 2016. The scholarship supports graduate students working on BC-based research projects that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship was initiated by the Fraser Basin Council directors and staff in memory of our dear friend and colleague and as a legacy to her life and values.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship provides an annual award of $2,000 for eligible research projects. The Scholarship is funded by the Fraser Basin Council, British Columbia Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund and by many friends, family members and colleagues who wish to remember Elizabeth and her work. If you wish to contribute to the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund, you can do so through the Vancouver Foundation website.

Click here for more information and to apply.

About Elizabeth Henry

Elizabeth touched many lives with her warm and generous nature. Her passion for making positive change in the world, and compassion for the people around her, were reflected in both her personal life and in her work. As Program Coordinator of Climate Change and Air Quality at the Fraser Basin Council, she was pivotal to the success of many climate change action and adaptations initiatives.

Elizabeth had a great commitment to education and a particular interest in developing relationships with indigenous communities through the process of decolonization, which was a major focus of her Master’s degree. She held a B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Guelph and an M.A. in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.

She will always be remembered as an avid outdoors enthusiast who loved exploring beautiful places across B.C. and Canada by ski, by bike and on foot, and as a gardener who graciously shared the bounty of her efforts.

Elizabeth passed away in the spring of 2014 at the age of 32.


‘This Changes Everything’ Screening May 10

thischangeseverythingFree screening of the documentary ‘This Changes Everything’:

Tuesday May 10th
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 W Georgia St
6 pm

Panel discussion to follow.


Migratory Change in our Oceans


This Earth Day, consider how marine life is faring with warming ocean temperatures.

From the David Suzuki Foundation:

“Short-term oceanographic events, such as El Niño and the Pacific ‘blob’ — an enormous area of unusually warm water in the North Pacific — demonstrate that while oceans may be relatively stable, they aren’t immune to temperature shifts. These phenomena explain the appearance of unexpected species off B.C.’s coast over the past winter, including a Guadalupe fur seal, green sea turtle and Risso’s dolphins. Higher water temperatures are also changing the relative concentrations of microscopic, occasionally toxic algae.

“While these marine oddities don’t necessarily indicate a full-scale ecosystem shift, they may be signs of what to expect as the planet warms. Shorter-term phenomena correspond with longer-term oceanographic changes around the world. These changes promise to fundamentally alter the cast of characters in marine ecosystems before we’ve had the opportunity to adequately study them. …

“We can help marine life by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep global average temperature increases below the 1.5 C goal set out in the December Paris Agreement. Well-monitored fisheries, like those in British Columbia, will become essential data-collection points for understanding shifting marine environments. Although it’s difficult to reverse temperature and other oceanographic changes that climate change has already set in motion, we may be able to lessen the impact through habitat protection, strong fisheries management and robust scientific monitoring.”

Read more from the article here.


Two New Climate Job Postings


Check out these two job postings related to climate and the environment:

Student Energy: Community Manager
One year contract, full time
Vancouver, BC with some location flexibility
Deadline to apply: May 5th

Student Energy is seeking an entrepreneurial and creative candidate for a position being added to the rapidly growing organization, our global Community Manager. The Community Manager is responsible for Student Energy’s community of young energy leaders around the world. This includes strategically finding ways Student Energy can better serve them as well as developing operational capacity to maximize the value of the network. The Community Manager will also be the owner of Student Energy’s Chapter Model program that will works to create campus level clubs dedicated to helping students and young people understand the global energy system. Student Energy has been piloting this program for the last year, and the Community Manager will have the chance to oversee the global launch, and future development of the program.

Click here for more information and to apply.

HUB Cycling: Director of Communications 
Permanent, full time
Vancouver, BC
Deadline to apply: May 1st

HUB Cycling is a charitable non-profit, helping more people cycle more often, through education, action and events. More cycling makes our communities healthier, happier and more connected.

This role leads HUB’s work to improve cycling conditions in Metro Vancouver via internal and external communications, campaign management, and marketing activities. Leveraging the power of volunteers is a key responsibility of this role, as well as providing; support to our local committee volunteers and implementing strategic action and membership campaigns. This position affects positive change and strengthens the voice for better cycling region-wide.

Click here for more information and to apply.


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