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(Apr 8) Metro Vancouver 2050: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure

On November 23, 2018, ACT hosted a workshop with Metro Vancouver-based professionals who share a common interest in advancing the connection between green infrastructure, biodiversity health, and climate action. The workshop included three presentations on climate change, biodiversity and green infrastructure planning that can be accessed from links in the report. Participants brainstormed ways that green infrastructure could be planned regionally and strategically, with the intent of reducing impacts on, or even enhancing, biodiversity health as climate change and land use alter the landscape of Metro Vancouver.

Through this process participants crafted a vision of Metro Vancouver as a biodiversity-focused green infrastructure mecca, and milestone achievements that would aid in reaching this vision. We heard inspiring and surprising ideas around potential shifts and adjustments in policy, law, economy, society and culture. In particular, we heard a resounding and unanimous desire for a more integrated, interdisciplinary, and regional approach to green infrastructure.

Read our report to find out more

Transdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group – February 22nd

The outcomes from the November workshop inspired us to host a transdisciplinary focus group on February 22nd, 2019 that brought together professions essential to green infrastructure implementation including engineers, accountants, planners, and other professionals for a discussion on green infrastructure implementation and existing barriers and opportunities. The summary report from this focus group is coming soon.

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(Apr 16) What CleanBC Means for Business

Presented by the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy, in association with the Pembina Institute, the webinar What CleanBC Means for Business aims to highlight the opportunities for BC businesses and innovation with the CleanBC plan.

When: April 16, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

 

Speakers:
Jamie Gray-Donald, senior vice president for sustainability and EHS, QuadReal Property Group
Kel Coulson, manager for policy and external relations, Parkland Fuel Corporation
Elizabeth Sheehan, president, Climate Smart Businesses
Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute

A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

To register for the webinar see here.

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(June 17-18) BC Active Transportation Summit- Call for Presentations

 

 

 

The BC Active Transportation Summit on June 17th & 18th is now accepting abstracts.

The Summit, presented by the BC Cycling Coalition, will gather leaders, stakeholders and advocates from government, industry, academia, and non-profit sectors to explore how to make active transportation safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities in communities across BC.

The Summit is being presented in the context of the Province’s first BC Active Transportation Strategy, currently under development through the CleanBC Plan, and expected to be completed this summer. Summit themes, plenaries, and presentations will describe policies and practices to advance active transportation throughout the province, and address concerns such as climate change, affordability, equity, poverty reduction, and a sustainable economy.

Abstracts will be accepted until April 11th.

For more information see here.

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(Apr 1) Canada warming at twice the global rate, leaked report finds – CBC News

The leaked report titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report explains how annual average temperatures since 1948 have increased over land by 1.7 C, while in the North, the Prairies and Northern British Columbia the increase is 2.3 C. The report highlights topics such as changes in rainfall and snowfall, changes in climate extremes, changes in freshwater availability and how our future choices will impact the additional warming. The report was commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department and authored by government scientists from the Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries an Oceans and Natural Resources ministries, also including contributions from academic experts.

The report has been made available and can be found here (PDF version coming soon).

CBC News story can be found here.

 

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(Mar 29) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative Workshop 1: Summary Report

On January 10, 2019, ACT SFU’s Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI) kicked off with an inaugural workshop that brought together 12 BC communities representing urban and rural areas, large and small municipalities, First Nations, and regional districts, all at different stages of adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation. This is the first stage in ACT’s new Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia funded Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative looking at the low carbon resilience approach as both streams of climate action become business as usual.

We would like to thank the 12 BC communities who participated in out first workshop and look forward to exploring the opportunities and challenges of integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at the community level.

 

Communities involved:
City of Colwood
Cowichan Valley Regional District
District of Elkford
Town of Gibsons
City of Port Moody
City of Prince George
City of Revelstoke
District of Summerland
City of Surrey
Tsleil-Waututh Nation
City of Vancouver
City of Vernon

 

For more information on the low carbon resilience approach and to read the workshop report see here.

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(Mar 26) Mozambique isn’t alone. Rising sea levels threaten millions in the developing world- The Washington Post

“The push for progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be pursued with unshakable resolve, but it must be accompanied by an equally strong push for investment in resilient infrastructure in the poorest places on Earth, where adaptation to climate change is now a matter of life or death.” – Mami Mizutori, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Extreme weather events and the devastation that follows, as seen from Cyclone Idai that recently hit Beira one of Mozambiques largest cities, exposes the risks that vulnerable communities face due to climate change. Communities in the developing world are on the front line and will continue to feel the greatest impacts due to rapid urbanization, growing slums in high risk areas, lack of resilient infrastructure, the loss of protective ecosystems and poverty. In this The Washington Post article, Mizutori discusses how human’s short memories and innate optimism is leading to slow and unambitious climate action strategies that do not reduce emissions fast enough or include the investment necessary to build resilience and adapt to climate change.

For the full article see here. 

 

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(Mar 26) Climate change is a security threat. We must act now- The World Economic Forum

For the third year in a row the Word Economic Forum has identified extreme weather events and the failure to meet climate change mitigation and adaptation targets as the greatest threats to business and industry. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, is known for drawing attention to the need for climate action strategies that reduce emissions and build resilience in order to protect the most vulnerable. In Hasina’s recent article, penned for the World Economic Forum, Hasina highlights the impacts climate change is having on the livelihoods of people in Bangladesh and the observed reluctance in other countries to adopt climate action strategies that reflect the urgency needed to act on climate change.

Hasina states, “I am less concerned about conventional “warfare”. Instead, I foresee climatic stress causing tensions to simmer and sparking different forms of conflicts within communities. We must rise above the politics of doubt, and accept that climatic vulnerabilities lead to a fragile economy and risk human security.”

For the article and World Economic Forums Global Risk Report see here.

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(Mar 28) Eco-Cultural Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

Tsleil-Waututh are the People of the Inlet and have used, occupied and governed the lands and waters of Burrard Inlet and surrounding watersheds since time out of mind. The lands, waters, and abundant resources of their territory have sustained Tsleil-Waututh for many generations. Tsleil-Waututh have noticed the complex and far-reaching impacts of climate change in their territory for decades. Thanks to an inherent understanding of how climate change is affecting the environmental and cultural values of the Nation, stories, traditions and knowledge-sharing are the living record of this information. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is continuously adapting and enhancing community resilience throughout time.

In this webinar, presenters from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Resources Department will describe two ways in which the community has approached climate change adaptation through an eco-cultural lens.

When: March 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

For more information and to register see here.

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(Mar 21) The Role of Complex Modeling in Climate Science: Research Seminar

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SFU’s Department of Geography will be hosting a research seminar on March 21st from 2:30pm-4:00pm PDT titled The role of complex modeling in climate science. 

Description:
When climate models first emerged some 40 years ago, it was unclear whether anything useful could be obtained from the necessarily crude representations of climate processes contained within them. But in the subsequent four decades, the early successes in prediction and understanding has been replicated many times, and climate models have emerged as a dominant tool in discussing past, present and future climate change. Gavin Schmidt will discuss the history of climate modelling, the ‘philosophy’ of model development and the new challenges posed by the onset of ‘big data’.

Speaker bio:
Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and works on the simulation of climate in the past, present and possible futures. He was the author with Joshua Wolfe of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science “in 2009, and in 2011 was the inaugural recipient of the AGU Climate Communications Prize. He is a fellow of the AGU and AAAS. His 2014 TED Talk (in Vancouver) has been viewed over a million times.

Location (webcast available):
KEY Presentation Studio (ASB 10900)
SFU Burnaby Campus
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC

For more information and to register see here.

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(Mar 19) Incorporation of Climate Considerations: Transportation Infrastructure Design

Transport Canada hosts a webinar series entitled Transportation: Adapting to the Changing Climate. The objective is to build knowledge and capacity both within the department and the broader Canadian transportation sector on the impacts of a changing climate and adaptation solutions.

The next webinar in the series is titled Incorporation of Climate Considerations: Transportation Infrastructure Design. 

When: Tuesday, March 19th 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST.

For more information and to register see here.

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Vancouver’s Water Narrative: Learning from Copenhagen and Rotterdam

We are proud to share Vancouver’s Water Narrative: Learning from Copenhagen and Rotterdam report written by ACT intern Ronja Sorenson in collaboration with Vancouver’s Green Infrastructure Team.

This report investigates how far Vancouver has come in its efforts to update its water management methods. It uses indicators associated with an Australian approach to defining a “Water Sensitive City” to assess the kind of advancements needed for Vancouver to practice truly holistic management of the urban water cycle. The Water Sensitive City concept advocates for holistic management of the urban water cycle in order to protect and enhance the health of receiving waterways, reduce flood risk, and create public spaces that harvest, clean, and recycle water. This report draws on a comparative analysis of how the European cities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) have achieved significant advancements in water management, in order to identify recommendations for how Vancouver could advance towards becoming a Water Sensitive City.

See here for the full report.

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(Mar 12) SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring and Information- Adapting to Climate Change Webinar

Transport Canada hosts a webinar series entitled Transportation: Adapting to the Changing Climate. The objective is to build knowledge and capacity both within the department and the broader Canadian transportation sector on the impacts of a changing climate and adaptation solutions.

The next webinar, entitled SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information – Adapting to Climate Change, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. The webinar will focus on SmartICE, an award-winning technological innovation for the North, which was first developed in Newfoundland and Labrador through collaboration with northern communities, including Nain and Pond Inlet.  SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate Inuit traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology to provide data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions in real-time, to support safer travel on ice.

For more information and to register see here.

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(Jan 23-24 2020) Call for Papers: 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Call for Papers: 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya 23rd-24th January 2020

The 2nd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA  is being organized by the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP).

Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working
in the field of climate change adaptation in the African continent, the aims of the Symposium
are as follows:

I. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs and enterprises from Africa and those working in Africa with an opportunity to display and present their works in the field of climate change adaptation;

II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate change adaptation projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the African
continent;

III. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show how climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice;

IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

For more information on registration and how to submit a papers see here

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(Mar 13,25,27) CleanBC Telephone Town Halls

CleanBC will be hosting a series of Telephone Town Halls throughout March. They are looking to speak directly with up to 400,000 British Columbians on how the plan can work for them to make life more affordable and comfortable while cutting carbon pollution.

There are four Telephone Town Halls, each focusing on a specific region of the province. All times listed are Pacific Time.

· Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm for the Lower Mainland and Southwestern BC.

· Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm for the Kootenays, the Interior and Northern BC.

· Monday, March 25 at 7 pm for Vancouver Island and communities throughout the coast.

· Wednesday, March 27 at 7 pm for the Lower Mainland and Southwestern BC.

For more information and to register see here.

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(Feb 20) We need a fresh approach to climate change migration. This is why

A fresh approach to “climate change migration” requires including the voices of those whose lives and homes are in the greatest danger. Global migration planning and policies must start with community-based, participatory research that can better prepare communities for both sudden and slow onset natural disasters associated with a changing climate. Carol Farbotko, a Human Geographer from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CISRO) provides seven steps towards reframing “climate change migration,” with human security as its starting point.

1) Decarbonize the global economy

2) Do not make assumptions

3) Adopt a mobilities perspective

4) Direct more resources to disaster prevention and in situ adaptation to slow-onset climate change impacts

5) Start from the community scale and build upwards

6) Create real opportunities for people living in highly vulnerable places to be active agents in shaping their future

7) Stop sensationalizing climate change and displacement
To read the entire article published by the World Economic Forum see here.
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(Apr 26) 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application

For graduate students in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon, the Bullitt Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship.

The Foundation awards this two-year, $100,000 Fellowship annually to one graduate student who has overcome adversity, demonstrates strong leadership potential, and is focused on work to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Emerald Corridor, stretching from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR.

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record and be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of colour are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply see here. 

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