Our earth has entered a period where human activities are destabilizing planetary systems, including climate. The effects of this change are global, long-term and uncertain. Universities, research institutes, governments and communities are exploring how best to build resilience and adaptation to cope with the coming changes. What are some key findings?
Series Coordinators: Gord Edwards and Judy Mapleson
Climate change has happened, is happening and will continue to happen. The time to adapt is now. This presentation will look at the rising costs in Canada caused by climate change, and consider efforts to mitigate this risk through programs for homeowners, the development of standards, codes and guidelines, and promoting the role of green infrastructure.
Blair Feltmate is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. The primary purpose of the Intact Centre is to mobilize practical and cost-effective means to help lower the risks in Canada from the costs associated with extreme weather events. Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management.
Climate Change is affecting the farming community in Ontario – on top of degrading soil and loss of pollinators and biodiversity in general. Farmers are facing increasingly localized and volatile weather conditions that are threatening food production. How are farmers adapting and building their resilience? And what can be done to support our farming community in Grey Bruce in addressing these interconnected environmental challenges?
Thorsten Arnold obtained degrees in environmental science, agricultural economics and watershed management in Germany. Now resident in Ontario, Thorsten is consulting, writing and teaching about an agriculture that simultaneously promotes food production, rural economies, and biodiversity. He co-owns Persephone Market Garden near Hepworth, instigated the Eat Local Grey Bruce online farmers market, and now focuses on the development of food value chains.
Effectively building local resilience in a changing world will require collective action by individuals, business, government and civil society. With experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and having served as the mayor of Guelph, Karen will discuss her experience in engaging communities to make lasting change.
Karen Farbridge has over twenty-five years of experience leading community innovation. Her experience includes seventeen years in municipal politics, with eleven as the mayor of Guelph which gained a reputation for sustainability under her leadership. Karen is a thoughtful change agent who effectively challenges status quo thinking to encourage new conversations and inspire innovation.
Before Western culture ‘discovered’ the first peoples of Turtle Island they had control of two continents. The Anishinaabek and the Haudenosaunee and the Mi’kmaq and hundreds of others all had nationhood with laws, language and land. Their governments lasted for thousands of years until Western culture intervened, causing wide-spread destruction to their culture. What lessons about resilience have emerged from their history?
About the Lecturers:
|Doran Ritchie, Bear Clan, is a member of Saugeen First Nation. Currently he is the Manager of Resources and Infrastructure at the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office. Doran has a diverse background working with Federal, Provincial environmental groups, other First Nations, Parks Canada, and in archeology, resource management and law enforcement.|
|David Mclaren has worked for government, in the private sector, for Environmental Organizations and for First Nations. He is also an award-winning writer. With the support of the Joint Council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, David launched the SON Environment Office in 2005. He worked with a succession of Chiefs to get the First Nations into proper consultation with the Crown and with proponents.|
Through more frequent episodes of drought, flood and extreme rainfalls, climate change is affecting water resources and watershed health. Liz Zetlin spearheads the movement to make Owen Sound a ‘Blue Community’ – one that prioritizes access to clean, safe, public water sources. She will speak on water protection and the roles of art and activism in creating resilience. Her talk will feature personal stories, art, poetry, films and community projects inspired by lakes and rivers.
Liz Zetlin is an award-winning poet and filmmaker. She was Owen Sound’s inaugural poet laureate and co-founder and artistic director of the Words Aloud Festival. She was also honoured with the city's first Outstanding Individual in the Arts award. Her current project is Resilience: Transforming Our Community: a climate change film of hope.
In universities and research institutions, the notion of transformation has recently come forward as a high-profile solution to many of the planet's profound environmental and social challenges. This talk will consider how supporting deliberate transformations can create more fair, sustainable, and resilient communities.
Jessica Blythe is an Assistant Professor at Brock University. Jessica’s research focuses on how communities experience environmental change and what explains their differing capacities for adaptation and transformation. She is particularly interested in building the resilience of coastal communities, securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and collaborative forms of natural resource governance.