COP27 and the politics of power, people and place


Join our post-COP27 event for an opportunity to hear from and speak with faculty and student delegates who’ve just returned from climate negotiations in Sharm El Sheikh.

Following opening remarks from Ian Mauro (PICS) and keynote by Dr. Pasang Sherpa (UBC Faculty Delegate), our youth panel — fresh from COP27 — will cover climate topics such as power and governance, plurality and agency, geographical bias, and dig deep on reflective questions that get to the heart of what progress was made, what was lacking, and where to focus our energy next.

Take this opportunity to ask fellow students what attending COP27 was really like, what impacted them the most, and what they think should happen to make future COPs more effective.

Proudly presented in partnership by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, SFU Sustainability and the UBC Sustainability Hub.

Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa, assistant professor, Lifeways in Indigenous Asia, The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and the Department of Asian Studies, the University of British Columbia.

Pasang is a Sherpa anthropologist from the Mount Everest region in Nepal. For the last 10 years, her research topics have included Indigeneity, human dimensions of climate change and the Sherpa diaspora. As a contributing author to the sixth IPCC Assessment Report, Pasang and co-author Chakraborty have published critical reflections on how the IPCC in its role as dominant global climate knowledge producer can open up space for Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Dr. Ian Mauro

Dr. Ian Mauro is the executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Mauro joined PICS in November 2022. He is the former executive director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, has developed community-based climate projects from coast to coast to coast, and led the creation of the Climate Atlas of Canada.

He has developed numerous, award-winning climate-change initiatives, including Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, which he co-directed with acclaimed Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, and Beyond Climate, narrated by David Suzuki. Mauro is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and an Apple Distinguished Educator.