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Islands Trust's Climate Change Speaker Series

As a follow up to joining other governments around the world in declaring a climate emergency, Islands Trust is launching a free Climate Action Speaker Series. 

This three-part online webinar series involves a variety of organizations and individuals, including the Ecological Research Network, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance, and Embrio Consulting. Through the webinar series participants will learn how they can support climate change adaptation and resilience at home and in their communities.

Webinar topics will focus on rainwater harvesting, the critical role that the marine plant eelgrass plays in climate action, and ecosystem-based adaptation.

Rainwater Harvesting

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Presenters:

Shannon Cowan, Coordinator, Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance

William Shulba, Senior Freshwater Specialist, Islands Trust

Cost: FREE

All are welcome

Across the Islands Trust Area, water shortages are a concern, which rainwater harvesting can help solve. During this webinar, participants will learn about non-potable rainwater conservation and harvesting, and collection systems that can be how to put in place.

Presenters, William Shulba, of Islands Trust and Shannon Cowan, of the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance, will profile climate impacts on water sustainability, showcase rainwater harvesting systems, and provide a tour of different types of rainwater harvesting systems.

Register: https://bit.ly/3jGf17t

 

Ecosystem-based Adaptation

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Presenters: 

Ruth Waldick, Ecosystem-based Adaptation Specialist, Ecological Research Network

Tine Rossing, Ecosystem-based Adaptation Specialist, Ecolibrio Consulting

Cost: FREE

All are welcome. We encourage climate action planners and practitioners to attend.

The climate emergency requires new approaches to climate action that recognize the interconnectedness of humans, ecosystems, and species. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is gaining traction internationally as a way to use nature-based approaches, which enhance human and ecosystem climate change resilience.

This webinar will provide community members, engaged in climate action work, with valuable information about practical EbA approaches that can be applied in their communities.

Presenters Tine Rossing and Ruth Waldick will profile the impacts of climate change on the Trust Area and show how EbA approaches can lead to stronger climate resilience for humans, other species, and ecosystems.

Register: https://bit.ly/2Z7Ggjw

 

Eelgrass: A Climate Hero

When: Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Presenters:

Aimee McGowan, Blue Carbon Researcher, SFU, Resource and Environmental Management

Victoria Postlethwaite, Blue Carbon Researcher, SFU, Resource and Environmental Management

Nikki Wright, Eelgrass Conservationists, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

Cost: FREE

All are welcome.

Within the Salish Sea lies an unsung climate hero named Zostera marina, commonly known as eelgrass. This underwater plant has many benefits, including the storing of 'blue carbon' (carbon absorbed by oceans) and shoreline protection. 

During this webinar, participants will learn about the climate action role eel grass plays and why it’s important to protect and restore this hard-working marine plant.

Presenters and eelgrass/blue carbon specialists, Aimee McGowan, Victoria Postlethwaite, and Nikki Wright will talk about the ecosystem contribution of eelgrass and discuss what we can do to protect and restore this important plant.

Register: https://bit.ly/3lPzjNK

 

For more information about the speaker series, please contact:

Gillian Nicol
Program Coordinator, Trust Area Services
(250) 405-5195

Page last updated: 04/09/20
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