Talks & Lectures

Event

Oil Spills 101: Crude Truths, Corporate Spin& Community Organizing for Environmental Justice

Oct 29 2013 - 12:00am to 3:00am

From pipeline blow outs and tanker spills to train derailments, when it comes to oil spills, how can we protect our communities, and the lands and waters that we love? How can we push through the corporate spin and public relations campaigns to advocate effectively for our communities and the planet in the aftermath of these environmental disasters?

This workshop will cover the basics of oil spill impacts and demystify industry and government cleanup. It will explore some of the ways that we, the grassroots, can skill up and step up when it comes to community oil spill response and ecological detox and recovery. Read more about Oil Spills 101: Crude Truths, Corporate Spin& Community Organizing for Environmental Justice

Location

Room 262
Education Centre South, University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
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Public Symposium— Letting in the Light: Science to Guide Public Water Policy in the 21st Century

Oct 31 2013 - 3:00pm to 11:30pm

Free public symposium and concluding panel discussion

Science to Guide Public Water Policy in the 21st Century:
Canada's leading ecologists discuss how science can guide growth

These lectures will be live-streamed.

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Science’s luminaries in ecology gather to demonstrate how environmental policies based on sound, cutting-edge science can minimize the long-term damage to the environment. The series begins with a keynote session from internationally acclaimed scientist and media commentator Dr. John Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC, Herzberg gold medalist, and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.The sessions will culminate in a panel discussion in the afternoon. Read more about Public Symposium— Letting in the Light: Science to Guide Public Water Policy in the 21st Century

Location

L1-490
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

The Global Ecological Crisis: Setting the Real Bottom Line — David Suzuki with David Schindler

Oct 31 2013 - 1:00am

Public lecture: Dr. David Suzuki, CC, OBC, PhD

In the past century, humanity has undergone an explosive change in numbers, science, technology, consumption and economics, that have endowed us with the power to alter the biological, physical and chemical properties of the planet. It is undeniable that the atmosphere and climate are altered; air, water and soil are fouled with toxic pollutants; oceans are depleted; forests are being cleared; and species are disappearing. Now that most people live in large cities, our relationship with nature is less obvious. Humanity needs to rediscover humility and our place in the world so that we and the rest of life can continue to flourish.

Discussion with Dr. David Schindler to follow. Read more about The Global Ecological Crisis: Setting the Real Bottom Line — David Suzuki with David Schindler

Location

Myer Horowitz Theatre, University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Event

Sustainability Awareness Week

Oct 21 2013 - 6:00am to Oct 25 2013 - 6:00am

4 campuses. 5 days. 56 events.

The University of Alberta is gearing up to celebrate sustainability with its sixth annual Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW), running October 21 to 25, 2013Read more about Sustainability Awareness Week

Location

various locations
University of Alberta (Main Campus, Enterprise Square, Augustana Campus, Campus Saint-Jean)
Edmonton , AB
Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Come Hell & High Water

Nov 27 2013 - 2:00am

Managing Hydro-Climate Change in a Rapidly Changing West

with Robert Sandford

Warming temperatures are accelerating the rate and manner in which water moves through the global hydrological cycle. In this presentation an internationally respected expert on water-related climate policy explains what recent flooding in Alberta tells us about what we have to do differently to enhance human resilience to accelerating hydro-climatic change in the Canadian West Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Come Hell & High Water

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Get the Buzz

Nov 6 2013 - 2:00am

What’s happening with Alberta's bees and how is grazing influencing our native pollinators?

with Megan Evans

Learn about basic bee ecology and the results of a Master's project studying the effects of grazing on floral resources and bees in southwestern Alberta.

$5 Adults, $1 Children Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Get the Buzz

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Living with a Cutthroat

Oct 9 2013 - 1:00am

with Amanda Halawell
The Westslope Cutthroat Trout has been listed as “threatened” by the provincial and federal government. Learn about their ecology and threats to Cutthroat Trout habitat. Join in a discussion of habitat restoration strategies and possible recovery of a dwindling species.

$5 Adults, $1 Children Read more about AWA Tuesday Talk: Living with a Cutthroat

Location

Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

2013 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Oct 26 2013 (All day)

With special guest speaker:

Lorraine Mitchelmore
President and Country Chair, Shell Canada Ltd.

Over much of the past century Alberta's natural environment has been caught in the grip of ever increasing resource extraction. Riches from Alberta's lands have economically benefited many here at home, nationally and internationally. But now there is growing recognition from within the province and from outside that Alberta cannot maintain its water and air quality, its arable soil base and its indigenous wildlife without major changes towards ecological sustainability. Alberta has literally raced into its present environmental predicament; now, in determining our future, how can AWA best bridge gaps and maintain forward momentum towards a goal of ecological sustainability? How will we best work with a variety of partners to secure a legacy of abundant native wildlife and natural wild spaces, of clean water and air, and the soil base we depend upon for food supply, all of these being integral parts of ecological stability? Read more about 2013 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary
Event

Involving the Public in Environmental Planning: The Edmonton Citizens' Panel

From the Way We Green Speaker Series website:

Addressing our toughest environmental problems requires action by all parts of society and wisdom from all parts of society. But how can the voices of diverse citizens become a meaningful and constructive part of environmental decision making?

The Citizens' Panel on Edmonton's Energy and Climate Challenges (2012) provides clues. This Panel gathered 56 randomly selected and attitudinally diverse Edmontonians who, after six days of deliberation, agreed by strong majorities on recommendations to Edmonton City Council and Administration describing how and why the city should become low carbon by 2050.

Read more about Involving the Public in Environmental Planning: The Edmonton Citizens' Panel

Location

Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB

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