(August 28) – Webinar: Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks

The Climate Risks for Coastal Transportation Infrastructure Community of Practice (CRCTI CoP) is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming webinar of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) report titled “Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks”. The webinar will be held on August 28th, at 1:00pm ET, and presented by Dr. John Leggat, Chair of the CCA Expert Panel on Climate Change Risks and Adaptation Potential, and Paul Kovacs, Panel Member and Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

This webinar will summarize the recently published Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks report. In the report, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) identifies 12 major areas of risk, including: coastal communities, physical infrastructure and fisheries. The CCA convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts with backgrounds in economics, human health, earth sciences, social sciences, and climate change adaptation and risk assessment, including ACT’s ED Deborah Harford. An additional 17 experts contributed their knowledge and insights at an expert workshop. The report’s findings emerged from the judgement, experience, and expertise of the workshop participants and Expert Panel members, informed by published evidence.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

Please click here to access the full report.


(October 28-30) – ACT Co-hosting Livable Cities Forum, Victoria, BC.

ACT is excited to co-host this years Livable Cities Forum in beautiful Victoria, BC on October 28-30th. Now, more than ever, collaborative community-level action is required to build sustainable, healthy, and equitable communities that are resilient to the risks posed by a changing climate and more frequent extreme weather. Actions that transform and protect our cities must play a role in fostering livable, thriving communities.

The 2019 Forum will bring together a wide range of speakers and sessions, and is designed to showcase the importance of taking this synergistic approach to climate change planning and implementation at the local level. The main themes of this year’s forum include:

– Exploring the Climate Change and Health Nexus
– The Role of Infrastructure in Building Better Neighbourhoods
– Advancing Low Carbon Resilience for more Livable Communities

Be a part of the conversation on how to build better, stronger, and more connected communities that are prepared for current and future impacts of climate change.

Learn more about this innovative and exciting event: http://www.livablecitiesforum.com/about/


(August 24) MP Town Hall with SFU Professor Dr. Mark Jaccard – Climate Concerned Canadians, Get Your Questions Answered!

On Saturday August 24, SFU Professor Dr. Mark Jaccard will join MP Joyce Murray for a town hall talk and discussion on climate action entitled “The Present and Future of Canada’s Climate Effort”. Canadians throughout the country are feeling the effects of climate change, and as emissions continue to rise impacts such as flooding, wildfires, and mass migrations of people fleeing will become more frequent, severe, and costly. 

In this town hall, Dr. Jaccard will reference his forthcoming book “The Citizen’s Guide for Climate Success”, to outline how citizen efforts can lead to climate action by our political leaders, including linkages to recent political developments in Canada. The talk will be followed by an extensive Q&A session to discuss next steps in making sure governments respond to the biggest crisis of our generation. The conversation will cover a wide range of imminent topics; fracking, carbon pricing, behavioural change, nuclear power, oil pipelines, electric vehicles, biofuels, and negotiating global agreements.

Joyce Murray, MP (top photo), Dr. Mark Jaccard (bottom photo). 

Details of the event:

Saturday, August 24
1:00 PM – Registration
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Presentation followed by Q & A Kitsilano Community
Centre (2690 Larch St) This event is free to attend and open to all –
Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

RSVP to joyce.murray.c1c@parl.gc.ca or by calling 604-664-9220.


(August 6) Climate Migrants and Refugees Project

ACT has been working with the Climate Migrants and Refugees Project (CMRP) to understand and address the way climate change will cause displacement in communities within Canada and around the world, and to develop strategies to help create safe and resilient communities that are ready to help those who may have lost their homes or livelihoods due to climate change. 
CMRP is now working to build a network of engaged practitioners, researchers, activists, and community members who are already working on climate change displacement in some form or another.
Please take their survey to share how you are involved or interested in this issue and to learn how you can connect with others in this area: https://forms.gle/mbjgabVHtmJkkY9cA

(July 22) – Release of Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia

On July 22, 2019 the Government of BC released a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia to help better understand climate-related risks in BC and develop appropriate measures to these risks. This is the first provincial-scale climate risk assessment in Canada, and the first phase of an initiative to better understand climate related risks in BC.

The report addresses 15 provincially significant climate risk events for BC, and evaluates the likelihood of said events occurring both now and in 2050 based on high global emissions. The results also discuss the health, social, and economic consequences of the risks.

The results of the report illustrate that the greatest risks to BC are:

  • Severe wildfire
  • Seasonal water shortage
  • Heat wave
  • Ocean acidification
  • Glacier loss
  • Long term water shortage

The findings show that nearly all risk even scenarios would have major province-wide consequences in at least one area.

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) is working to understand Indigenous perspectives on B.C.’s changing climate and to collaborate with Indigenous communities to build on their resilience in the face of climate change. Going forward, CAS also plans to customize and pilot the risk assessment for use in provincial ministries and for regional governments, so they can better understand and respond to emerging climate risks.

Read the full report.


(July 23) Listen to ACT’s ED Deborah Harford in a live podcast

On July 23, 2019, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford spoke with West Coast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. In the podcast, Harford gives listeners the background on the organization she co-founded (ACT), and explains how studying humans and animals is extremely important for adaptation. A self-coined “science translator”, Harford is adept at turning science in policy, and thus action, using her communication skills as a pivotal tool.

Listen to the podcast here, and learn more about the backbone of the ACT community.



(July 30) – Grant Openings via Columbia Basin Trust

If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well being, a grant program offered by Columbia Basin Trust can help bring ideas into fruition.

Who can apply? 

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business. Your project must take place in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

There are different types of grants available; over $5,000 and less than $5,000. Please view the website to learn about the different stipulations for each type of grant.

How Can I Learn More About the Program?

The Trust will be hosting two information meetings to review the Environment Grants Program and answer questions about the application and selection processes. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting.

Information meetings will be hosted by teleconference and the same content will be covered at both information meetings. If you are unable to attend an information meeting via teleconference, please reach out directly to Trust staff to discuss your application at 1.800.505.8998 or email envirogrants@ourtrust.org.

  • September Information Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT
    Dial-In: 1.855.950.3717
    Passcode: 272595
  • October Information Meeting
    Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT
    Dial-In: 1.855.950.3717
    Passcode: 272595

Please visit the Columbia Basin Trust Website to learn more about this opportunity.


(August 7, 2019) Webinar: Adaptation Pathways: How to plan when the climate … keeps on changing?

Join presenter Liese Coulter, a Science Policy Fellow from the Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch of the BC Ministry of Agriculture in a webinar next Wednesday August 7, 2019. 

The webinar will discuss the adaptation pathways approach and will introduce a user guide and well-referenced technical framework. In this webinar, Coulter will discuss the three main benefits of adaptation pathways, including: better applying climate knowledge to develop less vulnerable agriculture, structuring long-range planning to include agriculture in community adaptation, and identifying climate, social, and economic triggers for transformation.

To register for this interesting webinar, please click here!



Interdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group Report

On February 22, 2019, ACT hosted a cross-sectoral interdisciplinary focus group of local professionals to share perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in green infrastructure planning and its implementation on a municipal and regional scale.

This report summarizes the main topics that were discussed, which include collaborating across disciplines (i.e., interdisciplinarity), taking a regional approach, and developing an interdisciplinary community of practice.

Read the report to find out more and visit our biodiversity-led green infrastructure page for more additional resources from this project.


(July 18) Preliminary Climate Risk Assessment for BC Webinar

On Thursday July 18, 2019, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PDT the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is hosting a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for BC webinar. 

From the website: “This project developed a framework for and an assessment of 15 provincially significant climate-related risks, including both discrete events (e.g. wildfire, flood) and slow-onset risks (e.g. sea level rise). Consistent with ISO31000 methodology, the risk assessment framework is scaled for application at the provincial level, uses a scenario-based approach, and nuances the consequences that the risks produce for health and well-being, the economy, natural resources, infrastructure, and ecosystems. This project was motivated by a recommendation made by the B.C. Office of the Auditor General in 2018 that the province conduct a comprehensive climate change risk assessment. It will also help inform the development of a new Adaptation Strategy for BC due to be released in 2020.”

Click here to register.


(July 15) Inspiring Climate Action: Seeking a Web Savvy Contractor

The Inspiring Climate Action project needs a contractor to produce web content for their site. The site will showcase climate adaptation initiatives and professionals working in climate action across BC.
The “microsite” will be mounted on weADAPT, an initiative of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Ideally, our efforts in BC will become part of a Canada-wide and international knowledge network focused on climate change.
To learn more about this position and for application details, please click here.

(April 23-20, 2020) 7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

The Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Management’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will convene the seventh Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020). Taking place exclusively on the internet, CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to SDG 13 (climate action). Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

Learn more about this event on their website here.


(July 25) CIP’s National Climate Change Survey Webinar

On July 25, 2019 the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) will host a webinar to discuss the findings of their National Climate Change Survey. Planners have an acute role in integrating climate action policy into planning, and to create communities that are resilient, receptive, and engaged in long lasting climate stability.

Updated CIP climate change policies have been developed in tandem with planners, climate scientists, advocates, and other partner institutions using surveys, interviews and focus groups.

Click to view the updated CIP Policy on Climate Change. 

To register for the webinar, please follow this link.


(July 10) CBC News Article Outlines Co-Benefits of Climate Action

In an article released today, “Fighting climate change may be cheaper and more beneficial than we think”, CBC News talks with ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Ann Dale, a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. The article details the numerous co-benefits of pursuing adaptation and mitigation strategies; a synergistic approach we refer to as Low Carbon Resilience (LCR). Co-benefits have the advantage of more localized and short-term impacts, a characteristic than can help incentivize and spur decision making changes in local government.

Currently, ACT is working on developing a LCR framework for the Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI). This framework will help communities integrate synergistic adaptation and mitigation planning, while also helping them realize the multiple co-benefits that can be achieved through an LCR approach. Understanding this lens will help governments plan for both short term and long term goals.

Multiple examples of co-benefits were mentioned in the CBC News article:

  • Financial; in countries like China, air pollution will reduce GDP by 10%.
  • Ecological; restoring wetlands can act as natural buffers to sea level rise, reduce emissions from pumping, and can sequester carbon in the process.

Along with these co-benefits, others such as job creation, improved water and air quality, and reduced urban temperatures exist within the crux of LCR climate action strategies.

Read the full article here.


(October 30-31, 2019) Zero Waste Conference, Vancouver

Did you know that of 92.8 billion tonnes of minerals, fossil fuels, metals, and biomass entering the economy, only 9% are re-used annually? “Not good enough” says Circle Economy CEO and Zero Waste Conference Keynote Speaker Harald Friedl. On October 30-31, 2019 join us in attending the Zero Waste Conference in Downtown Vancouver to discuss circular economy success stories, waste prevention innovations, and gain local and global perspectives on waste prevention. 

This years conference will explore questions such as, what steps does Canada need to take to integrate into the global circular economy? What does success look like in Canadian economies, lives, and communities? To learn and understand more about these complex questions, the Zero Waste Conference will weave theory and action with profound speakers to motivate listeners to engage in a zero waste, circular economy.

Recently announced Keynote Speakers include Harald Friedl, CEO, Circle Economy and Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder of Miniwiz.

For information, or to register for the Zero Waste Conference, click here. We hope to see you there!



(July 9) Launch of Climatedata.ca

The Government of Canada has launched an exciting new interactive website, Climatedata.ca. The climate information portal will allow users to visualize, analyze, and interact with climate data projections across Canada. From large scale to specialized, individual grids, reliable access to online data will help Canadians in all industries understand and adapt to changing climates.

Highlights of the Climatedata.ca Portal: 

  • Historical and projected climate data available to view and download at a resolution of about 10 x 10 Km
  • 25 different temperature and precipitation indicators available, including for extremes.
  • Updated Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) curves

The site, developed in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM), Ouranos, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC), and HabitatSeven, is an interactive tool that will help decision makers integrate climate data and adaptation into their strategies.

Click to visit the climatedata.ca portal!



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