Upcoming Conversations

Integrated Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Early 2017. Led by Professor Ann Dale

Given the May 2016 wildfire in Alberta and the increase in wildfires in British Columbia, how do we adapt to the changing climate and world? Integration of disaster management and sustainability planning as well as harnessing community resilience and social capital for preparedness could move us towards proactive prevention. This could include the use of information and communication technologies, such as social media. In addition, as found through MC3’s research, we need to move beyond a siloed approach in considering mitigation and adaptation, and pursue an integrated sustainability strategy that has the potential to yield benefits for both adaptation and mitigation.

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Biodiversity Conversations: How important are the common loon and polar bears to Canadians?

Stay tuned for this 2017 series featuring Women for Nature of Nature Canada

Moderated by Professor Ann Dale, Co-Chair of Women for Nature, and in partnership with Nature Canada, we are leading an online curated series of real-time virtual e-Dialogues in 2017 responding to the critical imperative of biodiversity conservation for the 21st Century in Canada. This project aims to raise civic awareness around critical questions and engagement around the importance of biodiversity. Why is it important to Canadians? What are the drivers and barriers for conservation? How important are Canadian icons such as the common loon and polar bears? What can we do individually and collectively to protect it?

Conserving our biodiversity is necessary for the integrity of ecosystem health but also integral to healthy human communities. The loss of keystone species can cause a cascading decline in ecosystems upon which we are dependent. By convening women leaders from diverse sectors from across the country to stimulate thinking, dialogue, and local action, we can identify discuss, and contextualize strategies to help inform decision-makers for changes in public policy.

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Canadian Icons Project / Canadian Change Conversations

Stay tuned for this 2017 series

The Canadian Icons Project / Canadian Change Conversations celebrate our identity and citizenship. Launched in conjunction with Canada’s 150th Anniversary, these initiatives create a place and space, physical and virtual, for conversations about issues that are shaping our society today and tomorrow. The goal is to reflect on our achievements – but also to deepen engagement, inspire positive action, and promote change and innovation that make our communities and nation even stronger and more sustainable.

Click here, to learn more about this project.