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Change for Climate Community Series

The City of Edmonton’s Change for Climate campaign has inspired a series of unique events leading up to the  2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. From insightful lectures and film screenings to art exhibits and science fairs, these events will inspire residents and visitors to engage in dialogue and take action beyond the conference.

View the events and learn how to get involved!

Change for Climate: EPCOR 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.

Change for Climate Community Events

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

Shalini KantayyaDate: Wednesday January 30, 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location: University of Alberta, CCIS 1-430

Award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya drops us into the middle of the high stakes, fast paced race
to build a clean energy future—the biggest economic opportunity of our time. In her films, she tells the story of the rapid innovation that is disrupting outmoded industries and putting power back into thehands of those who need it most.

Not only is Shalini Kantayya witnessing change—her film work is helping communities take action. Her scifi film A Drop of Life is set in a near dystopian future, but it has already been used as a tool to organize water rights in 40 villages across Africa. And her feature documentary Catching the Sun uses the stories of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China to show how solar energy can be a powerful force for democratization.

Come meet a ground-breaking new voice in documentary film, and learn about the clean energy revolution that is happening all around us, right now. In this entertaining and interactive presentation, Shalini Kantayya uses film clips to tell stories that move the heart, reach new audiences, and make real change in the world.

Clean Energy Future Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday January 30, 2018

Time: 12:05-12:55pm
Location: Heritage Room, City Hall

Shalini Kantayya and three local guests share their thoughts on a clean energy future from a local and global perspective. Local presenters include Rajan Rathnavalu from Newo Energy, a Social Enterprise; Leo Wong from the Social Innovation Institute at MacEwan University, and Holly Driscoll from WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy).

Event #3: Change for Climate: Festival of Student Voices

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: Change for Climate: Art for Change
February 23 - March 31
See each listing for specific times and dates

Art, in all its forms, is a powerful communication medium for engaging people emotionally and intellectually.  Recognizing this power, this series of community events explores the potential of visual art; painting, sculpture, and mixed media, to inspire climate change awareness and action.

MacEwan University Student Art Exhibition

Dates: March 1-8, 2018
Location: MacEwan University, Allard Hall
Time: 8am-10pm
Over 20 MacEwan University Fine Art students deal with subjects of climate change, sustainability, environment through their chosen form of artistic expression.

University of Alberta Student Art Exhibition – Anthropocities

Dates: March 8-22, 2018
Location: Rutherford Library, University of Alberta
Time: Rutherford Library regular hours
Over 20 University of Alberta BFA students deal with subjects of climate change, sustainability, environment through their chosen form of artistic expression.

Panel Discussion – The Power of Art to Influence Social Change

Date: March 1, 2018
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Time: 7-8:30pm

Renowned Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen will lead a panel discussion in conjunction with his Art Gallery of Alberta exhibition which runs from January 27 to May 6, 2018.

The landscape of Alberta has been a primary source of inspiration for von Tiesenhausen, with sustainability being a constant thread that has woven its way through his work over the course of his long career.

Peter von Tiesenhausen will be joined on the panel by climate scientists, policy makers, and other artists to explore the power of art to influence social change in society, with a focus on its power to influence climate action.  

Latitude 53 – Emerging Artist Exhibition

Dates: February 23-March 31, 2018
Location: Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street NW
Times: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-7pm

This exhibition features a commissioned work by Indigenous artist Brittney Bear Hat. Her exhibition, titled Linage, continues her research into land and ownership through cultural perspectives. Linage presents a conversation between the landscape and the work that goes into it for its resources like oil and gas.

SNAP Gallery – Emerging Artist Exhibition

Dates: February 28-March 30, 2018
Location: Snap Gallery, 10123 121 Street NW
Print shop hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from noon–6pm; Thursday from noon–7pm; Friday and Saturday from noon–5pm
The SNAP Print Shop feature window can be viewed from the street 24 hours a day 
This exhibition features a commissioned work by emerging artist Lauren Crazybull.

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.

Change for Climate is a call to all Edmontonians to take action on climate change and work together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Find a spectrum of actions you can take.

For More Information

Jim Andrais

Title Community Events Manager



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