Events Archive

Primary Forests and Roadless Areas in the “Anthropocene:” Why We Need Wild Places for Our Survival

September 15, 2017 - 3:30pm

Primary forests and roadless areas are disappearing at an alarming rate. Earth has lost ~35% of its pre-agricultural forest cover over centuries with only ~32% remaining as primary forest (unlogged). About 80% of the Earth’s terrestrial surface (all cover types) remains free or roads but these areas are fragmented into 600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1 square kilometer and only 7% that are >100 square kilometers. The disappearance of intact areas needs to be a central focus of global sustainability efforts and climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches.

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If a Tree Falls in A Forgotten Rainforest Does Anybody Hear?

September 14, 2017 - 7:30pm

When most people think of rainforests, Avatar-like visions of lush equatorial forests populated by howler monkeys swinging from treetops, colorful butterflies and toucans punctuating the green background, and aboriginal people coexisting with the rainforest’s life-support systems come to mind. But not all rainforests are in the tropics. Temperate and boreal rainforests make up less than 3 percent of the Earth’s forests, are found in only 10 regions, are globally important, but many are endangered. The Pacific Coastal region of North America contains the largest concentration in the world.

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9th World Environmental Education Congress: Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections.

September 9, 2017 - 8:00am to September 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

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The World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainability. WEEC 2017 is the 9th congress and will feature the theme of Culture/Environment: Weaving New Connections.

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Canada's climate change moonshot: BC-made solutions and clean-tech breakthroughs

June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Science tells us that to stay under 2°C of average global warming above pre-Industrial temperatures, the global economy must go carbon negative—drawing down more greenhouse gases than we pump into the atmosphere. 

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Sea Level Rise Series: The Octopus's Garden

June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Imagine the City of Vancouver without the sea wall. Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver, will share emerging ideas as the City begins to plan for a meter of sea level rise by 2100.

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Building low-carbon, resilient communities: an interactive workshop

May 31, 2017 - 5:30pm

Please join us for this interactive workshop where we will learn about climate change adaptation, talk about the latest climate science, and assess perceptions of local vulnerability and risk. Presented by Ewa Jackson of ICLEI Canada and Trevor Murdock of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Hosted by UNBC and PICS. 

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Managing BC’s forest sector to mitigate climate change: future options for emissions reductions

May 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Event recording part one, Werner Kurz. Watch all the speakers from this event on the PICS YouTube channel. 

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Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum 2017

May 17, 2017 - 10:00am to May 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

Join Renewable Cities at their 2017 Forum to participate in a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition 100% renewable energy in cities. 400+ leaders from local governments, the private sector, utilities, and the NGO and research communities will gather to engage and learn in Vancouver, British Columbia.

From electricity to heating/cooling to transportation: From policy to building political will, from finance to technology, learn about cross-cutting solutions.

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