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.



Assessment: Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate


Natural Resources Canada has just published a new national assessment of Canada’s marine coasts. ACT Executive Director Deb Harford was also one of the reviewers of this assessment.

From the summary:

Coasts are an important component of the Canadian identity, economy and culture. Fronting on three oceans— Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific—Canada’s coasts, the longest in the world, are diverse and dynamic regions whose biodiversity, beauty and resources contribute to the country as a whole. The impacts of climate change on Canada’s coasts, which extend far beyond changes in sea level, present both challenges and potential opportunities for coastal communities, ecosystems and economic activities. How we adapt to the coming changes will be critical to the sustainability and continued prosperity of Canada and its coastal regions. The following points represent high-level conclusions from Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate, and are discussed further in this synthesis:

  • Changing climate is increasingly affecting the rate and nature of change along Canada’s highly dynamic coasts, with widespread impacts on natural and human systems.
  • Recent extreme weather events demonstrate the vulnerability of coastal infrastructure.
  • Changes in the extent, thickness and duration of sea ice, both in the North and in some areas of the East Coast region, are already impacting coasts, ecosystems, coastal communities and transportation.
  • Sea-level changes will vary significantly across Canada during this century and beyond. Where relative sea level is rising, the frequency and magnitude of storm-surge flooding will increase in the future.
  • Knowledge of climate risks and the need for adaptation in coastal areas is increasing, with many examples of local and regional governments in Canada taking action on adaptation.
  • A range of adaptation measures will be needed in most settings to address the complex array of changes. Alternatives to hard coastal-protection structures can be effective in addressing coastal erosion and flooding in many areas.
  • It is imperative that future development be undertaken with an understanding of the dynamic nature of the coast and changing coastal risks. Monitoring and assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken to date, as well as research to fill data and knowledge gaps, would help inform sustainable planning and development.

Read more from the document here.


Mobilizing for a Transition: Interview with Iron & Earth











In the midst of ongoing resource extraction projects, growing climate change activism, and debates about jobs versus the environment, what do oil and gas workers think about the climate?

In a new article, ACT researcher Halena Seiferling interviewed Lliam Hildebrand, founder of Iron & Earth, a new organization of oil and gas workers calling for a shift to renewable energy. She asked about organized labour, capitalism, and how his co-workers are approaching the coming energy transition.

From the article:

Some folks who see the environment as the ultimate priority might conclude that oil and gas workers don’t care about the environment. Do you think Iron & Earth is helping to break down stereotypes around oil and gas workers?

LLIAM: I think a lot of people naturally assume that oilsands workers will defend the oilsands at all costs because that’s where their livelihoods are. That’s not the case. We are incredibly grateful for the work that we have had in the oilsands, and that’s going to be a big part of our message because we are trying to build bridges. We’re not going to be a confrontational organization at all costs. We want to be promoting solutions and what we see in terms of opportunities that will benefit all stakeholders. People might assume that oilsands workers wouldn’t support renewables, but I don’t think the general population of Canada realizes how transferable a lot of our skills are. We can build anything. And renewable energy is large-scale infrastructure; we can build that, and we would rather build that than some more carbon-based infrastructure.

Read more from the article here.


Job Opportunity: Climate Change Adaptation Senior Fellow


blueEnergy is looking for talented, committed individuals to join our diverse, dynamic organization, and can offer many opportunities for meaningful personal and professional growth.

Currently blueEnergy is seeking a mature, culturally sensitive, proactive individual with strong motivation to work in the social team in Bluefields, Nicaragua. As blueEnergy Nicaragua’s Social Fellow, you will work within the Climate Change Adaptation program.

The Social Fellow will contribute to the research and development of climate change document and research activities related to the program and support the social team in projects related to the program. In addition, the Fellow with support the writing of new project profiles and their corresponding budgets. Candidates must have exceptional teamwork and emotional intelligence, and be able to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.

Click here to read more and apply.


Jim Hoggan Book Launch: I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

Check out this interesting upcoming event in Vancouver:

The SFU Centre for Dialogue is very excited to host the launch of Jim Hoggan’s new book, “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up”. Jim’s book addresses the issue of climate change communication (as well as other issues) and asks the hard question – why aren’t we getting anywhere?  He makes a great case for the need for dialogue and constructive engagement.

Wednesday May 25th, 7:00 pm
Tickets: click here to purchase


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