Ideafest: Climate change, water and governance—challenges and opportunities in our backyard, and for our Earth

Date: March 6th, 2018

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: University of Victoria, David Turpin Building A120

Cost: Free

Wildfires, floods and extreme weather events plagued the globe in 2017. Is this our new normal? Are we ready for change that’s already underway? Our diverse panel of researchers and thought leaders will look beyond the science at the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate. They’ll share promising developments in governance, policymaking and engineering as well as insights that narratives may hold. In doing so, they will offer hope, look at some of the difficult choices and discuss potential solutions for dealing with our changing climate.

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Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation, running from March 5–10, 2018. This year’s festival features over 40 outstanding events on topics ranging from climate change and chamber music to Indigenous law and antibiotic resistance. All events are free and open to the public.

This panel, “Climate change, water and governance—challenges and opportunities in our backyard, and for our Earth,” will be hosted by the Centre for Global Studies on March 6th and feature the WSP’s Rosie Simms.

Moderator: Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies

Panellists include: Anita Girvan (School of Environmental Studies), Tom Gleeson (Civil Engineering), Ged McLean (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions), Edward (Ted) A. Parson (Centre for Global Studies & Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA) and Rosie Simms (POLIS Water Sustainability Project)