World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is a global citizen consultation that will be held on June 6th, 2015. One of the Canadian chapters of this worldwide event will be held in Waterloo, ON.
On June 6, beginning at dawn in the Pacific Islands and ending at dusk in the West Coast of the United States, citizens around the world will take part in the largest ever public consultation on climate change and energy. Citizens will be asked an identical set of questions on climate change and energy policy, targets, and measures.
Join Robert Shirkey, Canadian lawyer and creator of a campaign to get climate change labels on gas pump nozzles as he discusses the psychology, economics, and law behind the idea. Founder of Our Horizon, Robert has given lectures across North America and is a recognized global authority on the subject. The concept has been endorsed by some of the world’s leading experts in climate science and policy.
Why are the upcoming UN Climate Negotiations important?
The twenty-first session of the conference of the parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Paris in December 2015. COP21 is considered to be a pivotal moment in international climate negotiations, with the objective to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years, a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
The Water Institute Lecture Series continues with Dr. Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin and Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future.
Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries have been meeting in formal negotiations at least twice each year since 1992. From the outside (and even from the inside!), progress can appear achingly slow at these meetings. Despite this, there have been significant successes, particularly on the issue of adaptation.
Shari Fox Gearheard, an Arctic researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder, will present content from her recent book, "The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities". IC3 is pleased to welcome Shari (BES '96 MES '98) back to campus.
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting a screening of the 2011 award-winning documentary, The Island President. Focusing on then-president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, the film documents his efforts to confront the issue and effects of climate change on the world stage, driven by the rising sea levels that put the island nation at risk.
David Estrin, CIGI Senior Research Fellow with the International Law Research Program will introduce the film.
The annual meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union – Eastern Sections of Hydrology, Biogeosciences, and Earth Surface Processes will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University on Feb. 7th.
Note that abstract deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 28th at 5pm.
Are you interested in climate change and international issues? Have you wondered where Canadian climate policy stands in relation to the rest of the world? Join us for a panel discussion reviewing the COP20 United Nations climate negotiations, and looking ahead to the critical negotiations that will take place in Paris in late 2015.