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ACT ED at Sustainable Communities Conference

ACT ED at Sustainable Communities Conference

  ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford is at the Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa this week. Tell your friends in Ottawa to catch her talk Thursday February 11th! Deb is speaking as part of the ‘My Hometown 2050’ plenary which will discuss future challenges and opportunities for cities. Session summary: The year 2050 may seem like a […]

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Gender equity crucial in aftermath of disasters

Gender equity crucial in aftermath of disasters

In the chaos of natural disasters, many social systems break down. Ensuring that access to services, supports, and education in these circumstances is gender-equal is crucial for building community resilience and quick recovery. An article in Briarpatch Magazine explores these concepts, focusing on Cuba’s response to Hurricane Sandy. From Briarpatch:  “According to the UNDP’s report on Gender […]

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San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

San Diego: Entirely Renewable Energy in 20 Years

                              San Diego is showing that cities can take bold climate action without waiting for national initiatives. From The New York Times: “With a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the country’s eighth-largest city, became the largest American municipality to transition to […]

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Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Sponge Park: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

                            A new park in New York City provides a great example of ecosystem-based adaptation as non-structural flood mitigation. From The New York Times:  “Aptly called Sponge Park, the 2,100-square-foot plot will, when it opens next spring, intercept thousands of gallons of storm […]

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ACT ED in Tyee Article on Crescent Beach Adaptation

ACT ED in Tyee Article on Crescent Beach Adaptation

ACT’s Executive Director Deb Harford is quoted in a new article in The Tyee about climate change effects in the community of Crescent Beach, BC. The article focuses on what the predicted effects of climate change will be for communities like Crescent Beach in BC’s Lower Mainland area. “The impacts of sea level rise are […]

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Project Spotlight Video on ACT

The Real Estate Foundation of BC, one of ACT’s core funders, has produced a Spotlight video featuring ACT’s work. Watch it now! The video features ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford, ACT  Senior Water Adviser and co-author of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals for water Bob Sandford, and ACT Senior Policy Adviser and former BC Deputy […]

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Renewable Energy Is About Equality, Not Just Environment

Renewable Energy Is About Equality, Not Just Environment

Transitioning to renewable energy doesn’t just have benefits for our environment and for mitigating the worst effects of climate change. It will also lead to a world that is more equal and just for all people. From The Guardian: “Changing our energy system is about more than replacing fossil resources with sun and wind. In fact, […]

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The Twisted Fate of Northern Communities: Home of the First North American Climate Refugees

The Twisted Fate of Northern Communities: Home of the First North American Climate Refugees

Third in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. We’ve all heard about polar bears starving, stranded on ice flows and unable to hunt effectively due to global warming. Photos flash around the world of emaciated bears struggling to survive in a rapidly changing environment, […]

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