Virtual Internships with the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Applications are now open for two paid internship opportunities with the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. These positions are open to students that were enrolled full-time at a Canadian university or college during the winter/spring term of 2020.

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is an unparalleled collaboration among more than 50 experts from across the country that produces rigorous and independent research, analysis and insight to bring clarity to the climate challenges and transformative policy choices ahead for Canada

The Institute is already set up as a virtual workspace, and is committed to offering a meaningful experience to interns even during the current period of uncertainty and isolation in response to COVID-19.


ACCO: Stronger Together through COVID-19

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) in the USA is moving ahead dynamically through the COVID-19 pandemic. From virtual town halls and interactive podcasts to live online training sessions, ACCO is proving to be a leading example of adaptive capacity and resilience.

Learn more about ACCO’s COVID-19 response here. A number of their virtual initiatives will be open to the public.



ICLEI Canada’s Adaptation Changemakers Project

After two years of building adaptive capacity across Canada, ICLEI has concluded its Adaptation Changemakers Project.  ACT has been proud to partner with ICLEI to support this initiative–in fact, our LCR Interventions report was produced as a resource for the project.

Through this project, ICLEI worked with eight municipalities, building their capacity to understand local climate risks and plan for adaptation across economic, social, built and natural systems.  With guidance from ICLEI staff and Regional Experts, the participating communities have made massive strides in advancing their resilience.

To learn more about the Adaptation Changemakers Project’s outcomes, learnings and processes, check out ICLEI’s project summary report.

Congratulations to ICLEI on this fantastic project. The team at ACT looks forward to continuing to collaborate on future initiatives!


Op-ed: LCR is Canada’s safe green path


“It’s time to evolve our energy narrative to include low carbon resilience, for the benefit of our economy, communities, ecosystems, and grandchildren.”


Low carbon resilience received the spotlight this week in an op-ed piece written by ACT’s Deborah Harford, which was featured in The Hill Times. The article, titled Low carbon resilience is Canada’s safe green path in a changing climate, highlights that while adaptation and mitigation are already becoming business as usual for local governments and professional practitioners, widespread collaboration on integrated adaptation and mitigation isn’t yet underway.

The interconnected challenges and opportunities associated with climate change require responses designed to achieve the most effective outcomes. A low carbon resilience approach will allow Canada to get a bigger bang for our buck.

Read the full article here.


A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety (postponed)

**Event postponed until further notice**

On Tuesday, March 24th, join UBC Reads Sustainability to learn from author Sarah Jaquette Ray, as she presents her “existential toolkit” for the climate generation.

Drawing on ten years’ experience leading and teaching in college environmental studies programs, Sarah has created an “existential toolkit” for the climate generation in her book A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety. Combining insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness, and the environmental humanities, Ray explains why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout, and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice.

More information and event registration can be found here.



Climate Literacy 101: On a Path to Climate Success (postponed)

**This event has been postponed until further notice**


Are you concerned about climate change? Interested in understanding the climate system and learning effective climate action pathways?

On March 17th, 2020 join EMBARK and PICS at SFU for Climate Literacy 101 – an event offering the opportunity to learn from and engage with leading climate science and policy experts at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld and Dr. Mark Jaccard will present on the state of the climate and share how citizens can contribute to climate success. The event will close with a Q&A discussion and information about ongoing climate action initiatives at SFU.

Register to attend in person. This event is open to students, staff and faculty members and the SFU broader community. The event will also be live-streamed for a general audience and available for viewing after the event through the link here.



Call for Applicants: Elizabeth Henry Scholarship

Are you a graduate student working on a community-based environmental research project in British Columbia? Apply for the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health.

This $3,000 annual scholarship supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives.

The Scholarship was created in 2014 with support from the Directors and the staff of the Fraser Basin Council to remember Elizabeth Henry and her many contributions to our organization and to communities across British Columbia. Elizabeth exhibited high ethical standards and integrity in her work, and she was committed to promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The intent of the scholarship is to support community projects that reflect these values.

Click here for more information, including eligibility and how to apply.


Annual Conference of the New Brunswick Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative (postponed)

**This event has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. We will provide updates as they are made available.**

ACT’s very own Deborah Harford will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Annual Conference of the New Brunswick Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, in Moncton, NB. This year’s conference, Integrating Nature in Adapting to a Changing Climate, will explore how project leaders are using nature-based approaches, the economic case for moving towards nature-based approaches, and how to overcome key obstacles to adapting with nature.

Registration and more information can be found here.


The Heart of the Fraser: World Water Day Film Screening & Discussion


What better way to celebrate World Water Day on March 19th, 2020, than with a special screening of the award-winning film For the Love of Salmon (2018) and The Heart of the Fraser (2019). The Fraser watershed supports more salmon runs than any other river in the world. Both of these films call attention to the dire need for protection of this ecologically sensitive and culturally rich region.

Following the films, Laura Brandes (POLIS Water Sustainability Project) will host a conversation with three local change-makers who will share their stories as well as what you can do to help protect this mighty river.

DATE: Thursday, March 19, 2020
TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105, Victoria, BC

See the event page for more information.



Natural Asset Management: An Introductory Course

Enrollment is open for an upcoming course at RRU, Natural Asset Management: An Introduction to Making Nature Count in Canadian Municipalities.

A growing number of municipalities are taking steps to identify, value, account for and work with nature, and are implementing green infrastructure into their financial and asset management planning.

Interested in learning how you can, too? Join Roy Brooke, the Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative, in a one-day introductory course on March 10th, Natural Asset Management: An Introduction to Making Nature Count in Canadian Municipalities.

This course will cover the core concepts of municipal natural asset management, the most recent case examples, and the latest approaches. It will provide essential information to anyone working for, or with local governments or who is interested in innovative approaches to community sustainability.

For more information and enrollment, click here.


Internship Opportunity with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Internship Program. The CCA convenes the best experts in their respective fields to assess the evidence on complex scientific topics of public interest to inform decision-making in Canada.

The Internship Program provides an opportunity for two successful applicants to work at the interface of science and public policy. Interns will engage directly in the CCA’s assessment process and gain experience interacting with experts at panel meetings, carrying out research and writing in support of assessments, and helping to bring reports through production.

The Internship Program is a full-time commitment of six months. All interns carry out their placement at the CCA office in Ottawa. The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

More information can be found here.


The Institute for Climate Choices is hiring

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is hiring! The Institute produces rigorous and independent research, analysis and insight to bring clarity to the climate challenges and transformative policy choices ahead for Canada.

As a collaborative team with more than 50 experts from across the country, the successful candidates will be able to work from anywhere in Canada with an internet connection.

Available positions include:

  • Communications Specialist (bilingual French/English required)
  • Content and Production Specialist (bilingual French/English preferred)
  • Senior Advisor, Indigenous Engagement and Research

See the official job postings for more information.


Still Creek Streamkeepers Talk Series: Green Infrastructure



On February 24, as part of the Still Creek Streamkeepers Talk Series, ACT Research Assistant Kacia Tolsma will give a presentation on green infrastructure application in the Still Creek area. This talk will focus specifically on bioswales; how they work, how much water they can absorb, design guidelines, and general considerations will all be covered.

Green infrastructure can play a significant role in absorbing rain water; improving water quality, which can have positive benefits for salmon bearing streams; and  improving community vitality and aesthetics.

This talk will be held at Slocan Community Hall on Monday February 24, at 7pm. Light snacks and drinks provided.

We hope to see you there!


Research Seminar: The Mental Health Impacts of the Climate Crisis

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University will be welcoming Dr. David Pollack to share his research in a seminar on February 13th, The Mental Health Impacts of the Climate CrisisClimate change has led to increased extreme weather events, intense heat, ocean acidification, air pollution, and biodiversity losses at alarming rates. While the physical health impacts may be obvious, the less visible mental health impacts are significant and alarming.

The presentation will cover topics involving mental health and climate, exploring how humans are affected. Evidence demonstrates increasing incidence and exacerbation of acute and chronic emotional distress and illness. Psychiatric patients, by virtue of their illnesses, socioeconomic status and medications, possess particular vulnerabilities to climate impacts. It will explore the impacts of heat on aggression, violence and suicide; the impacts of air pollution on anxiety, developmental disorders and dementia; and the broader impacts of acute traumatic events as well as the pervasive reality and immediacy of the climate crisis on generalized eco-anxiety, “nature deficit disorder” and ecological grief. It will conclude with discussion of recommended interventions at the individual, clinical and public health levels.

Thursday, February 13 – Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. PST
9920 Blusson Hall, Faculty of Health Sciences SFU
* This seminar will be webcasted and recorded here.


David A. Pollack, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus for Public Policy at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance and represents two major psychiatric organizations on the steering committee of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, and serves on the OHSU Sustainability Steering Committee.


ACT is hiring!


ACT has an exciting job opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow starting May 1st, 2020. The successful candidate will join the Integrated Climate Action in BC Communities team, carrying out research with local governments across BC on planning-to-implementation pathways for low carbon resilience approaches that reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change, with multiple co-benefits.





Please see the job description for further details.

Applications close Feb 28th.


Accounting for Natural Assets Report

Accounting for Natural Assets Report: a Low Carbon Resilience Approach

Natural assets are increasingly important under future climate changes. Accounting for them is considered to be a primary low carbon resilience (LCR) approach that can help communities reduce vulnerability to current and projected climate impacts and emissions over time.

In our newly released Accounting for Natural Assets report, we summarize the findings of a detailed analysis into the tangible value of natural assets, such as wetlands, forests, and coastlines, with the aim of helping local government decision-makers better understand how other communities are valuing natural assets. The document summarizes best practice and proxy data for communities to consider in their own asset management planning, and showcases the adaptation and mitigation benefits of natural assets.



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