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A Brief Comparison of Edmonton and Calgary’s Climate Change Plans & Progress

BACKGROUND

As climate change will likely “result in long-term changes in temperature and precipitation… increased frequency and severity of weather events such as droughts, floods, forest fires, and severe storms”, this change brings with it both great challenges and unique opportunities (Government of Alberta, 2021). Two of Alberta’s largest municipalities - Edmonton and Calgary - have been working to address climate change through their mitigation and adaptation plans.  Read More

COP26 Outcomes, Canada’s Commitments & the Resulting Effects on Alberta

COP26 officially concluded as of November 12, 2021 where world leaders and delegates came together at the UN's yearly climate summit to assess progress in dealing with climate change. 

COP26 Outcomes

Reaffirmed Paris Agreement Commitments

197 countries signed the Glasgow Climate Pact, reaffirming commitments made during the Paris Agreement. The pact concentrated on mitigation, adaptation (loss and damages), finance, and collaboration and stated that carbon emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030 to reach the 1.5°C goal.  Read More

Environmental reporting rules in Alberta modified during COVID-19 outbreak

By Jeff Wiehler

Three ministerial orders introduced at the end of March modified environmental reporting requirements in Alberta, citing challenges of complying with routine reporting during the COVID-19 outbreak. Following those ministerial orders, the Alberta Energy Regulator released two decisions on May 20 to suspend operators' monitoring requirements due to health and safety concerns during the pandemic. Read More

Response to COVID-related stimulus spending from environmental groups

Joint statements and recommendations from environmental groups across Canada

Over the past month, Canada’s civil society, particularly environment-focused organizations, has been advocating for Covid-19-era federal financial support and investments to be channelled to provide benefits for workers, ecosystems and the climate. Read More

Alberta environmental groups moving campaigns online during the COVID-19 outbreak

Ideas and resources for virtual events and campaigns

 

With limitations to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the only option for large events and rallies is to transition them online. Albertans can still join, learn and act – all from behind their computers or smartphones.

Many environmental groups and organizations in Alberta have swiftly adapted to virtual events and campaigns. Even though this change was not expected, it is an opportunity to experiment with delivering different styles and formats.  Read More

Let's grow and mobilize our network

Thank you for your interest in and support for the Alberta Environmental Network in 2019. The AEN had a very busy year and we are planning for our activity and network to grow in 2020! Here's some of the highlights from 2019 that I am most excited about:

AEN members creating and disseminating a pre-election survey of provincial political parties asking them their positions and policies on key environmental issues.

Promoting members’ campaigns such as CPAWS’ Bighorn Country campaign, as well as creating an AEN Energy Efficiency campaign in partnership with Efficiency Canada and the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Growing the network to intersect with other movements including health.

Launching the AEN Climate Caucus and Climate Communications Working Group.

Convening and connecting Alberta climate strikers and activists with AEN members in Edmonton.

Electing four new directors to the AEN board, representing more regions in Alberta.

Planning the creation of new caucuses and working groups in 2020.

Ticket Giveaway for Alberta Ecotrust's 2019 Environmental Gathering

Alberta Ecotrust is partnering with Community Drinks for a giveaway:

Attend Community Drinks on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary to enter the draw for your chance to win a ticket to the 2019 Environmental Gathering! The ticket is worth $250+, and gives you access to  two full days of presentations and workshops, food and beverage, networking break activities, and our networking reception! Read More

Mapping What Matters Survey— win a $1000 Capacity Grant

The Alberta Ecotrust Foundation is conducting a comprehensive survey of environmental non-profit groups in Alberta. By completing the survey, your organization will be eligible for a draw to receive a $1000 Mini-grant for Capacity. From the Ecotrust website:

At Alberta Ecotrust, we believe the environmental challenges we all face are too large for any organization to address alone. It is critical that we work together to find solutions to the most pressing issues of our day.


If you are the Executive Director, Board Chair or primary decision-maker for an environmental nonprofit in Alberta we would like to invite you to complete this confidential survey. The collective responses will help us understand the scope, scale and needs of Alberta’s ENGO community in order to optimise how our programs can best support the important environmental work you do as charities and nonprofits. Your responses will also contribute to a collective understanding of this sector and results will be shared with all participants via a summary report. Please add your voice!

The deadline for the survey is August 18 at 5:00pm.

If your organization has not received an invitation to complete the survey, follow the link below to request an invite. Read More

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