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Spring into Action Event: June 8-9, 2009

Hello All...

Plans are in motion for the Spring Into Action Event, June 8-9 in Saskatoon. 

The focus is to examine the intersections between education for sustainable development and Aboriginal perspectives. The first day of the event will be of interest to all RCE members. While there is a particular emphasis on supporting the Ministry of Education goals as noted below, the second day is reserved for those interested in action planning around all issues of ESD.

As part of this second day (June 9), there will be an opportunity for Working Groups to meet to discuss the overall themes of the event as they relate to our specific theme areas (in our case, Climate Chagnge) along with other specific activities and directions the working group may want to take. The student researcher, Kim Dohms, who is compiling material from the inventory of ESD projects related to our working groups, also intends to have this material available at this time. This event could provide an excellent opportunity for our Working Group to "springboard" forward.

As such, I've set up a POLL asking who from the Climate Change Theme Area Working Group is planning to attend.  This information will help to determine whether this particular RCE event would work in terms of timing for our working group for this planning type of purpose.

I hope everyone considers this event.  It is sure to be an interesting couple of days.


Seeking a Climate Change TAWG Co-Coordinator

Hello All...

I'm throwing out an opportunity to see what kind of interest there might be.  I've been considering stepping down as Coordinator of the Climate Change Theme Area Working Group (TAWG).  Not only is my time available to dedicate to the group becoming more limited, but it would benefit the group to have greater diversity of connections, interests and perspectives related to climate change. 

Initially I was thinking that having someone from the academic research realm to help provide guidance to the Climate Change TAWG would potentially be the most interested type of candidate, however, that certainly may not be the case.  The RCE is to build bridges between diverse organizations, so it's pretty wide open.

As such, if you are interested in either solely taking on the Coordinator role for this TAWG, or sharing it with me as a Co-Coordinator, please let me know and we can talk about it in more detail.

If you're new to the Sask. RCE and you you want to talk to some of the other TAWG Coordinators before committing to see what kind of work they are doing and what they're role has been and is anticipated to be for the next little while, that might be helpful for you.

Thanks for your consideration, everyone...and have a fantastic day!


Kim Sare, Climate Change TAWG Coordinator

Public Lecture in Regina: Climate Change Impact & Adaptation in Sask and Canada

PARC / Johnson-Shoyama Public Lecture: "Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation in Saskatchewan and Canada" with Dr. Don Lemmen (Science Manager, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Natural Resources Canada) & Dr. Dave Sauchyn (Research Manager, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), University of Regina)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

JS Window Room

2nd Floor Gallery Building

University of Regina College Avenue Campus

Saskatchewan and Canada are facing major impacts from ongoing and projected climate change. This presentation will focus on observed and forecast impacts in the Prairie Provinces and on the key national-scale conclusions found in the groundbreaking report From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007. By examining approaches taken by other countries, we can envision possible next steps to move forward in Canada with adaptation to climate change impacts.

Please Note: Attendees are invited to a complimentary buffet lunch, starting immediately after the event.

Don Lemmen served as lead science editor and lead author of a national scientifi c assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada released in 2008. Dr. Lemmen is also a negotiator and technical expert on adaptation as part of Canadian delegations to the United

Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dave Sauchyn served as lead scientist and lead author of the Prairie Provinces chapter of the national assessment on climate change impacts and adaptation. Dr. Sauchyn is the acknowledged expert on climate impacts in the Prairies region and has been invited to speak on the topic from Chile to the Canadian Senate.

With campuses at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School (JSGS) is an interdisciplinary centre for public policy research, teaching, outreach & training.

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) is a partnership of the governments of Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba mandated to pursue climate change impacts and adaptation research in the Prairie Provinces.


Registration for our events is strongly encouraged. Knowing who plans to attend our event allows us to announce a change of venue if room size is not adequate and to send additional information related to the topic being discussed. To register online, please visit us at

www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca and click on Outreach & Training. For more information contact us at 306.585.5869 or js_outreach@uregina.ca.

There is no cost for this event but seating is limited.

Cool Conference: IMPACT: Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership

This conference caught my eye as something that may appeal to some of university students.

"If you are between 19-25 and attending a Canadian university or college in any discipline, apply now for this extraordinary opportunity. All conference, transportation, accommodation and meal expenses will be fully covered. Your contribution is one of time and commitment - time to prepare and collaborate prior to the conference and the commitment to initiate change going forward."

For more information, check it out here: http://www.impactyouthsustainability.ca/en/


Cape Farewell Art/Science Expedition 2008

Just thought this may be of interest...

The Cape Farewell Art/Science expedition is taking place in Greenland again this year.  David Noble from 2degreesC. He will be joining an all-star cast of artists and scientists, including Canadian musicians Feist and Martha Wainwright and many others, in what is sure to be a phenomenal and productive journey. Cape Farewell is ultra-cool. It is pioneering the cultural response to climate change.  The idea is to inspire the artists, who are amongst our most creative and innovative communicators, to engage on climate change and produce climate change-inspired art that connects with people in the way that the arts can. This year’s expedition is to western Greenland and along the face of the Jakobshvan glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Check out www.capefarewell.com for more info and for live updates and cool news, images, sounds, thoughts and inspiration from the boat. There is a little widget thingy on the 2degrees website that connects directly into the boat, so you can get stay tuned there too.

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