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Calgary Climate Symposium - November 2-7, 2019

The City of Calgary is hosting its second annual Calgary Climate Symposium as an opportunity to open up the conversation about climate change:

  • How and why to talk about it
  • How it affects Calgarians
  • What we can do about it together

Connect with community and youth leaders, entrepreneurs, prominent climate experts and City staff for a series of unique (and free!) networking and learning opportunities at the Calgary Climate Symposium.

Join the conversation on social media: #fortheclimateyyc

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The Calgary Climate Symposium will explore:

  • How Calgary can prepare for the impacts of a changing climate
  • Actions you can take to reduce contributions to climate change
  • Innovative solutions to climate change

Eco-Solar Home Tour

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Time: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Location: For details on locations of each home on the tour, visit Eco-Solar.

The Eco-Solar Home Tour is a free tour of energy-efficient homes that shows practical and timely examples of sustainability.

Tour presenters open their homes to show examples of what homeowners can do to make their homes more efficient and to reduce their carbon footprint. This event has been organized by the Eco-Solar Home Tour Society of Alberta.

Advance registration is not required.

How to Talk About Climate Change

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location (Updated Oct. 31, 2019):
University of Calgary - School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Climate change can seem like a polarizing subject to talk about, but it doesn’t need to be. The good news is most Albertans have similar values and are open to the right language and messenger. This presentation and discussion, with insights from the Alberta Narratives Project, will provide you with the tools and confidence to have productive conversations about this important issue.

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Pat Letizia
Executive Director, Alberta Ecotrust

Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Ecosystems and Communities

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Glenbow Theatre.

Many Calgarians feel a strong connection to the mountains; some choose to live here for the easy access to the exceptional recreational opportunities in our backyard.

This discussion explores climate change impacts on mountain ecosystems and communities with perspectives from mountain researchers and guides who have contributed to the Alpine Club of Canada’s State of the Mountains Reports​.

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David Hik
Professor, Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Lael Parrott
Professor, Earth, Environmental, Geographic Sciences and Biology, UBC Okanagan; and Vice-President for Access & Environment, Alpine Club of Canada
Jim Gudjonson
Director, Sustainability Office, Thompson Rivers University; ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide; and Vice-President for Facilities, Alpine Club of Canada
Dan Shugar
Associate Professor, Geosciences; and Director, Environmental Science Program, University of Calgary
Will Gadd
Named Mountain Hero by UN Environment; ACMG mountain guide; renowned mountain athlete

Fighting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs: Our Best Untapped Opportunity Starts at Home

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Telus Convention Centre Glen Rooms

The total cost of residential basement flooding is increasing across Canada. In response, home insurance premiums have risen 20 to 25 per cent over the past five years, and in areas of extreme risk, flood insurance may be unavailable at any cost.

To help alleviate this growing stress, there is one scalable solution that remains largely untapped in Canada – homeowners, with no special expertise and for generally a few hundred dollars per home, can deploy measures around the outside of their property, and in the basement itself, that will immediately lower their risk of basement flooding.

These simple methods will be profiled, along with the recommendation that federal, provincial and municipal governments communicate means to mitigate flood risk to homeowners.

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Blair Feltmate
Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Weather and Climate: Not what your grandparents knew!

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Glenbow Theatre

Urban floods, ice rains, winter heat waves, interface wildfires, weather bombs, mega-droughts – if you think we’ve been cursed and clobbered a lot harder and a lot more often recently, you are not imagining it.

It used to be that our weather was “normal” and dependable. Now, more and more Canadians are asking: What’s happening to our weather?

If our weather is becoming weirder and wilder are people responsible or is it nature doing this to us? Or both?

Maybe we are changing more than the weather. What has become clear is that the Earth is warming and the number of weather-related disasters is on the rise. We can no longer assume that yesterday’s weather will apply tomorrow.

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David Phillips
Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Shift into Winter

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Knox United Church Sanctuary

Interested in riding your bike this winter, but not sure how to get started? Join us for a free, fun and friendly introduction to winter cycling by Calgarians, for Calgarians! Our panel will share their experiences and tips to keep you cycling year-round. Please bring a mug for a warm drink!

Presenters: Two Wheel View, Bike Calgary & The City of Calgary

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Climate Change Panel Discussion with Young Calgarians

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Glenbow Theatre

Increasingly, youth are expressing concerns about climate change. This event is an opportunity to connect with others and take part in meaningful conversation between youth leaders and City Council members.

  • Learn how the City of Calgary is addressing climate change
  • Listen to young voices describe their concerns, hopes and ideas
  • Ask your questions and discuss what matters to you
  • Get inspired by hearing about local climate actions led by youth, and learn how you can take part

Light refreshments will be served. Please arrive before 5 p.m. to be seated.

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Climate Change Solutions Panel Discussion and Demonstration

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019.
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Calgary Municipal Building Atrium

Climate change is a complex challenge that can seem overwhelming. This discussion and demonstration will demystify individual actions Calgarians can take to reduce contributions to climate change, such as switching to renewable energy, home energy efficiencies and upgrades, active commuting, electric vehicles, local food and more.

In partnership with the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA).

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Megan Lohmann
Head of Community Energy Management for Community Energy Association
Rod Olson
Owner and Farmer, Leaf & Lyre
Elan de Laforest
Executive Director of Passive House Alberta, and co-founder SERI Ltd
Lindsay Bliek
Chief Content Creator for This Mom Bikes; Recipient of Bike Calgary's 2019 Commuter of the Year Award
Kristina Groves
Four-time Olympic Medalist; Ambassador for the Alberta Solar Co-op; Member of Peter's Energy Solutions