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Webinar: Declaring a Climate Emergency: UBC’s Climate Emergency Task Force Process and Path to Implementation
March 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
Join us for an interactive session to learn about the University of British Columbia’s Climate Emergency response and connect with leads of various innovative and exciting climate action projects that may inspire you to action and foster new collaborations.
In response to the urgency of the global climate crisis and acknowledging that climate justice must be central to its response, UBC declared a Climate Emergency in 2019. Following a year of extensive community engagement, the UBC Board of Governors has since endorsed the Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF) final report and recommendations (February 2021) to advance justice-based climate action, equitable development and resilient communities.
While the implementation of the CETF report is a shared responsibility across campus, the newly established Climate Emergency team – housed at the Sustainability Hub – is dedicated to coordinating and convening UBC’s climate action leaders for furthering collective action and impact. The student-led UBC Climate Hub has also been central to advancing these recommendations, connecting and empowering university and community stakeholders to take bold climate action for a just future.
The session will consist of a broad overview of UBC’s climate emergency process and implementation, followed by an opportunity to join breakout rooms to meet, learn from, and connect with four established or emerging projects:
- Climate Studies and Action Certificate
- Climate Justice Research Collaborative: UBC Climate Hub’s unique opportunity for undergraduate students to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects focused on climate change and climate justice. These projects are undertaken with the supervision of faculty and the mentorship of graduate students. Students receive course credit for their participation.
- Climate Teaching Connector: UBC Climate Hub and Sustainability Hub project that further incorporates interdisciplinary climate education into existing undergraduate courses by compensating graduate student climate experts as guest lecturers.
- UBC Library Air Travel Decision Tree: The Library Climate Action Team crafted a tool to support conversations and decision-making around reducing air travel in professional settings.
Pablo Beimler, Co-Senior Project Manager, Climate Emergency Coordination, UBC Sustainability Initiative
Pablo is supporting the implementation of a comprehensive and just response to the climate crisis across UBC campuses. He is a Masters of Community and Regional Planning graduate in the Indigenous Community Planning program at UBC and has a B.A. in Environmental Economics & Policy, B.S. in Conservation & Resources Studies, and minor in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley. Pablo was formerly the Climate Hub @ UBC’s Academic Lead and has years of experience conducting wildfire research and facilitating community-led and focused wildfire management, outreach, and youth education programming throughout Hawaiʻi and in South Lake Tahoe, California. He is a Japanese-Jewish-American settler currently living as an uninvited guest on the beautiful traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.
Nadia Joe, Co-Senior Project Manager, Climate Emergency Coordination, UBC Sustainability Initiative
Gä̀gala- ƛiƛetko (Nadia Joe) has spent the past 10 years working to support Indigenous communities across Canada advance their rights and interests in water security through various water co-management initiatives. She was raised by a river and loved into leadership by the many elders, leaders, mentors of the nłe?kepmx and southern Tutchone-Tlingit peoples. Her mother is nłe?kepmx and sylix and her father is southern-Tutchone & Tlingit. She belongs to the Crow Clan (Kä̀jet) of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Meghan Wise, Coordinator, UBC Climate Hub
Meghan Wise (she/her) recently completed an M.A. in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research, writing, community engagement, and organizing are rooted in three primary areas. Researching populist climate denialism as barriers to climate policy and action. Analyzing the lessons we can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic to better understand and address the impacts of climate change. And researching the impacts of climate change on community mental health and wellbeing and how this intersects with building community resilience. Currently, Meghan holds the position of Coordinator of the Climate Hub at UBC. Meghan is also an artist and uses her work to explore the role of art in meaningfully mediating and processing complex issues of environmental and community sustainability and climate change.