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ONLINE: The Climate Emergency – A GIER Webinar

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) is pleased to invite you to the webinar The Climate Emergency, taking place Oct. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. EDT.

Our panelists will be:

  • Chantal Bilodeau, founder and artistic director, The Arctic Cycle
  • Prof. Jana Levison, University of Guelph
  • Prof. Craig Johnson, director, Guelph Institute of Development Studies

The event will be moderated by Prof. Madhur Anand, director of GIER. We will also be giving away tickets to see the ALARM- Responding to Our Climate Emergency exhibitions at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, Ontario!

For free registration, contact info.gier@uoguelph.ca and let us know if you would like to enter the draw for tickets!

We look forward to having you join us!

We are faced with environmental problems that are complex and interdisciplinary in nature. And amongst these, climate change is one of the first to impact every single person on the planet. Consequences have been evident for years: more frequent extreme weather events, loss of species, zoonotic outbreaks, food insecurity, exacerbated economic inequalities, vulnerable communities, forced migrations, and the list goes on. After several decades of scientific consensus and warning, we now acknowledge this is an emergency: the climate emergency. Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report with some shocking, but realistic numbers: we need to reduce our emissions by 45% by the year 2030 to limit global warming by 1.5°C. The IPCC called for “rapid and far-reaching changes in all aspects of society.” In other words, addressing the climate emergency effectively will require environmental, social, economic, and cultural approaches. We need to break down disciplinary silos and build a new perspective that is inherently interdisciplinary. This is why the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER) was created: to reframe the way we think and deal with complex environmental challenges. Two year after the IPCC report, we bring to you three experts with different backgrounds to have an interdisciplinary discussion around the climate emergency. Where are we now? And how do we move forward?


Thursday, October 15, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Ontario Canada


Event is open to
U of G students, U of G faculty and staff, The public