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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. 

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

 

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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.

Did you miss the webinar?

Watch the recording: https://bit.ly/3iFNB0y

Review the webinar's supporting resources and Q&A

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.

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

Presenters Tine Rossing of Ecolibrio Consulting and Ruth Waldick of the Ecological Research Network will profile the impacts of climate change on the Islands Trust Area. Webinar attendees will learn how nature can help people adapt to climate change by working with, rather than against, the local ecosystem. Participants will gain an understanding of why a healthy ecosystem is necessary for human well-being. The presentation will cover:

  • How climate change will affect the Trust Area
  • What is ecosystem-based adaptation and how can it enhance the resilience of island communities
  • Nature-based actions that we can take at the community and individual household levels to become more resilient

Did you miss the webinar?

Watch the recording: https://bit.ly/3kgOTzZ

Review Ruth Waldicks and Tine Rossing PowerPoint slides, Quick sheet about EbA and Q&A

For more information about the speaker series, please contact:

Gillian Nicol
Program Coordinator, Trust Area Services

(250) 405-5195 - gnicol@islandstrust.bc.ca

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