Change matters...

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) brings together experts across disciplines to consider the impacts of climate change from every angle. A fresh approach, built on smart science, working toward achievable solutions – because at Waterloo, change really does matter.

A Message from IC3's Executive Director, Daniel Scott, and Managing Director, Simon Glauser about Climate Change and the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has rightly dominated our collective global attention in 2020. We’re inundated with a steady stream of information (and in some cases, disinformation) on how we are managing through this crisis. We, here at IC3, have been following this like everyone else, while also taking note of the important social and political commentary, research, and insights on the connections between COVID-19 and climate change. There are many fundamental similarities to the systemic and socially regressive nature of climate risk. Insights into on our collective (and individual) responses to the pandemic can inform how we fight the climate crisis going forward.
Without diminishing the unprecedented dislocation of the unfolding pandemic, COVID-19 provides a preview of the compounding impacts and future risks to the economy and vulnerable populations that we face in a world beyond +2°C. This will also be an turning point in history that could either accelerate our transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient world, or set us back years, if not decades.
One thing is clear: COVID-19 has emphasized the interconnectedness of our world and the difficult reality of our shared vulnerabilities. We hope the profound lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic inspire the social innovation and economic transformation required by the climate crisis. 
  1. June 26, 2020IC3 member named president of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
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    IC3 member and professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Marek Stastna, is the new president of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). 

  2. June 18, 2020IC3 member among top researchers in new international group of experts on behaviour change for addressing social and environmental issues
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    Faculty of Arts professor and environmental communication expert Imre Szeman joins group of scientists in launching the International Panel on Behavior Change (IPBC) association, an interdisciplinary, independent and apolitical entity.

  3. May 25, 2020Marie-Claire Cordonier-Segger, IC3 member & Professor, receives prestigious International Justice Award
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    Congratulations to Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Long Standing International Law Association Board Member, Laureate of the prestigious new Weeramantry International Justice Award

    Marie-Claire Cordonier-Segger is a professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

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