Environment & Society


Turning up the empowerment dial: Community engagement in addressing climate disruption

Jan 25 2014 - 1:00am to 3:00am

This free public keynote presentation is part of the University of Alberta's Student Sustainability Summit. From the Sustainability Summit website:

Description: Most Canadians care about climate change and want action, yet the path away from fossil fuel dependence seems distant and unclear. Fortunately, citizens and stakeholders are now being engaged as key partners in assessing climate impacts deciding how to move forward. We can seize the opportunity to highlight and amplify stories from communities that are already benefitting from clean energy and climate solutions.

Speaker Bio: Cara Pike is the founder and director of Climate Access, a network for those engaging the public in the transformation to low-carbon, resilient communities. She has created many widely used communications tools, including the Ecological Roadmap (a values-based approach to building support for environmental protection) and Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners.

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Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (University of Alberta)
Edmonton , AB

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.

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Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

Nov 16 2012 - 7:00am to Nov 18 2012 - 7:00am
Nov 14 2012 - 7:00am
  • November 14 - Festival Preview (Stephen Leacock Theatre, Mount Royal University)
  • November 16-18 Festival with NGO Village (River Park Church Auditorium, 3818 14A Street SW)

2012 Festival Schedule



Friday, Nov 16 7:00 pm

War in the Mind (2011) Director Judy Jackson Read more about Marda Loop Justice Film Festival


River Park Church Auditorium
3818 14A Street SW
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Environmental groups launch major campaign to defend nature and democracy

Black Out Speak Out groups will darken websites nationwide in protest against efforts to silence Canadians

TORONTO – The federal government’s attack on nature and democracy means “silence is not an option” for Canadians according to a national campaign, being launched Monday, May 7, by the country’s leading environmental organizations.

“These changes — hidden in a budget bill in the hopes that Canadians wouldn’t notice — are threatening the core values all Canadians hold dear: nature and democracy,” said Sidney Ribaux, executive director of Equiterre. “We are compelled to speak out and we’re inviting Canadians from all walks of life to join us.” Read more about Environmental groups launch major campaign to defend nature and democracy


Oil and Democracy Speaker Series

It certainly is an interesting time for democracy in Alberta…

Community Service-Learning's (CSL) Spring Immersion Course 'Oil and Democracy' and the Parkland Institute are pleased to announce the 'Oil and Democracy Speaker Series'. Every Thursday for five weeks, speakers from a variety of different perspectives will share their experience within the oil and democracy relationship. This event is open to all members of the public and we welcome all to a healthy discussion on benefits and challenges of Alberta's natural resource wealth.

Date Every Thursday from May 10th - June 7th, 2012
Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room University of Alberta NRE 1 001
For directions, see http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca
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AEN Annual General Assembly 2012

May 26 2012 - 12:00am to 8:00pm

You are invited to attend the 2012 Alberta Environmental Network Annual General Assembly. This gathering is one of the best opportunities for ENGOs to get together, connect, and collaborate on strengthening the environmental movement in Alberta. This year's Assembly includes a timely presentation from noted Alberta political observer & commentator Paul McLoughlin (CBC Radio, Alberta Scan) and a technical briefing from the ERCB on Alberta's Fracking Regulations.

Online Registration

Please register by May 21. If you need to book accommodation at the FCJ Centre, please register by May 4. Read more about AEN Annual General Assembly 2012


Auditorium - FCJ Christian Life Centre
219 19 Avenue SW
T2S 0B8 Calgary , AB

Film Screening & Discussion— If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Mar 17 2012 - 12:30am to 3:15am

DOC Talks! A Monthly Documentary Event

DOC Talks is our new monthly screening event.  But itʼs more than just a screening!

We are partnering with the wonderful Metro Cinema to bring you an engaging evening full of documentary, drinks and discussion. Hereʼs how itʼs going to go down: 

6:30-7:00: Drinks and mingling 


Bring your drinks (yes that means beer & wine too!) into the theatre for the Opening Night Screening of If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front

8:40-9:15:  Interactive discussion lead by environmental activist, Brian Staszenski 

Price: $10 regular Metro Cinema admission, $8 for DOC Members  Read more about Film Screening & Discussion— If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front


Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre)
8712 109 Street
Edmonton , AB

Environmental Law Centre News Brief on Administrative Law

The latest issue of the Environmental Law Centre's News Brief is a primer on "administrative law":

Ever wondered who governs the government? Need to know how to challenge a decision made by an administrative board (like the ERCB, for example)? If so, the new issue of News Brief - Vol. 26 No.4 - is a must-read.

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Call for Input

Call for Proposals: Under Western Skies Environmental Conference

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America
23 Jan 2012


Under Western Skies is Mount Royal University’s award-winning biennial conference series on the environment.

With the inaugural UWS conference in October 2010, Mount Royal has taken a lead role in interdisciplinary and community-minded environmental studies in Alberta, establishing a high-profile venue where scholars, artists, students, and concerned citizens from around the world can gather on a regular basis to share ideas concerning all aspects of the environment. Read more about Call for Proposals: Under Western Skies Environmental Conference


Deliberative Democracy for a Changing Climate

Nov 17 2011 - 1:30am to 3:30am


Join us for an engaging dialogue on the Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) approach to public engagement and how it is helping Alberta communities to have meaningful and collaborative conversations around the impacts of climate change. We'll identify positive actions that can be taken to mitigate the impacts and the opportunities that can be leveraged to strengthen our community and local economy.


Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) Read more about Deliberative Democracy for a Changing Climate


Room 2906
Red Deer College
Red Deer , AB


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