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The City of Edmonton is proud to host the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference March 5-7 2018. While the conference, and the related events are going on, we want to be sure Edmontonians and all visitors to our city get in on the discussion about climate change so we’ve planned the following community events:

Cities And Scientists Stage

Learn more about climate change and its potential impact on our cities by attending talks by some of the leaders who will be taking part in the conference. The talks take place from Sunday March 4 to Wednesday March 7, 2018. Check back here for more details and times.

Images Of Climate Change

Organized in partnership with the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability and MacEwan University’s Office of Sustainability, this package of events focuses on power of art (paintings, film, video and photography) to communicate the stories of climate change. Events include two evening lectures, a student-led festival of climate ideas and images, and an art exhibition featuring the works of dozens of post-secondary art students from the University of Alberta and MacEwan University.

Get your tickets for the following events.

Event #1: George Kourounis

Date: Wednesday November 8, 2017
Time: 7-9pm
Location: University of Alberta, CCIS 1-430

George Kourounis, named by Canadian Geographic Magazine one of Canada’s greatest explorers, comes to Edmonton to discuss his first-hand observations of the troubling impact climate change has caused to our world.

Kourounis, host of Angry Planet, has travelled to some of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth to document the extremes of nature and climate. He frequently finds himself up close to the world’s most fearsome forces; vicious tornadoes, the eyes of hurricanes and inside erupting volcanoes. George is a fantastic speaker and storyteller.

Event #2: Shalini Kantayya

Date: Wednesday January 24, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: To be announced

A Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose works focus on human rights and sustainability through imaginative media. Shalini directed Breakthrough for National Geographic; a series profiling trailblazing scientists who will transform our future. The series was executive produced by Ron Howard.

Event #3: Youth Festival - Climate Change Ideas and Images

Date: Tuesday February 27, 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Centre for Applied Technology, NAIT

This half-day festival of student leadership will showcase and contrast the climate change stories, ideas, experiences, images and recommendations of students from Alberta and around the world, including:

  • An exhibition of student ideas and recommendations, featuring student leaders/advocates from more than 20 Alberta high schools
  • A main-stage Pecha kucha-style presentation featuring more than a dozen international students and four Alberta students, telling a climate change story from their home community (supported by photographs and personal insights)
  • A main-stage session featuring young video and film makers and their works related to climate change
Event #4: Images of Climate Change Art Exhibition/Show

Date: February and March 2018
Location: To be announced

The art exhibition will feature:

  • Approximately 30 individual artworks produced by some of Alberta’s most accomplished post-secondary fine arts students dealing with the theme: Climate Change
  • An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta featuring the work of Canadian multi-media artist Peter Von Tiesenhausen, whose works reflect the pursuit of sustainability
  • An evening of discovery at the Art Gallery of Alberta featuring the discussion of four prominent Alberta artists, their works, and their ideas on the power of art in influencing climate action.

Global Students’ White Paper

High School students from around the world will collaborate online to develop a white paper on understanding and responding to the challenges of climate change from a unique perspective: global youth. A small representative group of the students will be in Edmonton March 5-7 to present their findings to the delegates of the 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. Edmonton students and citizens will have an opportunity to hear and meet these students while they are in Edmonton, including public presentations they will deliver on City Scientists Stage and at the Youth Festival at NAIT.

For More Information

Jim Andrais

Title Community Events Manager



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