Climate Literacy event at SFU March 17th

**This event has been Postponed until further notice

Become a climate champion: An opportunity to learn from and engage with leading climate science and policy experts at Simon Fraser University. 

Are you an SFU student, faculty, staff member or community member committed to growing your understanding of climate science and pathways for change?

Climate Literacy 101 is an opportunity to learn from and engage with leading climate science and policy experts at SFU. We are grateful to have Elder Syexwaliya open the event and welcome guests to the land. Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld and Dr. Mark Jaccard will then present on the state of the climate and how citizens can contribute to climate success, followed by a Q&A discussion. The event will close with information on ongoing campus climate action initiatives and ways to get involved at SFU.

Kirsten Zickfeld will speak about the climate science that underpins the requirement for net zero carbon dioxide emissions to stabilize Earth’s climate. She will illustrate the atmospheric greenhouse effect, the long permanence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the lag in the warming of the ocean, which conspire to keep global mean temperature elevated even if human-made carbon dioxide emissions are eliminated.

Mark Jaccard will speak on how climate-concerned citizens can overcome myths that hinder us from acting in time to prevent extreme climate impacts. Their actions can involve personal consumption choices (electric vehicles, heat pumps) but these only have an effect if citizens are also engaged in the political process and civil society to elect and support climate-sincere politicians. These personal and collective efforts must align with and foster a global strategy of decarbonization, especially in developing countries. Come to the talk to find out what is required on a simple path to climate success and what you can contribute.

Please register for this free event. Or watch the live webcast.

4:00-4:30 p.m.: Doors, refreshments, mingling
4:30-6:00 p.m.: Elder Syexwaliya, Dr. Zickfeld, Dr. Jaccard
6:00-6:30 p.m. Featured climate action initiatives

The Fraser-Thompson Room at the Diamond Alumni Center is wheelchair accessible.
Embark and PICS events are free and open to Embark members which includes Simon Fraser University undergraduate and graduate students. This event is also open to other members of the SFU community.

This event is being hosted on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. In particular, this includes the land of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo nations.


Kirsten Zickfeld - Professor in SFY's Geography Department
Kirsten Zickfeld

Kirsten Zickfeld is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at Simon Fraser University. Her primary research interests are in the long-term effects of human activities on climate. She is internationally recognized for her research on the irreversibility of human-induced climate change and carbon budgets consistent with climate targets. She served as a Lead Author of the recently released IPCC Special Report of on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees and is a Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. She has won the President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and SFU President’s Prize for Leadership in Sustainability.


Mark Jaccard - Professor at SFU
Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard is a professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management and was recently named an SFU Distinguished Professor. His Ph.D. is from Grenoble University. He researches the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies. He is an author of the International Panel on Climate Change and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Jaccard is the author of The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success, published in January 2020.