Climate Talk: Capitalism and Climate Change
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Climate Talk: Capitalism and Climate Change

  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 182 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hey UBC! Come join us on October 4th for our first Climate Talk of the school year, where we will be discussing Capitalism and Climate Change. This is a growing area of research that is important to understand if we want to make progress on climate change policy in the coming years.

Location: Irving K Barber Learning Center Room 182

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by UBC Political Science Professor Kathryn Harrison. Professor Harrison focuses her research on environmental policy in Canada. She looks at why governments implement the policies they do as well as the efficacy of alternative policy instruments. If you want to know more about her you can read her book, "Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy."

The talk will begin with a short presentation from Professor Harrison regarding her research and her take on the relationship between capitalism and climate change. After her presentation, we will open up the discussion to the room.

This talk is open to all UBC students and community members. No prior knowledge is necessary, but we will be posting relevant information ahead of time to give some background information on the issue. We will also be providing some free snacks for all attendees, so be sure to come out, learn, and share your thoughts on this important topic!

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Pints and Policy: EPA Pub Night
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pints and Policy: EPA Pub Night

Come join us for our first social of the year! This is a salon-style social, meaning that the evening will be centered around discussing current environmental and political issues. However, no prior knowledge is necessary. This is also a great way to get to know other people interested in environmental policy!

The event will be held at the Wolf and Hound pub/lounge, and as an extra incentive we will be buying a few pitchers so be sure to get there early to grab some free beer! Bring your friends, have a pint, and debate hot topics in BC and around the world.

This event is 19+

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Building Efficiency in Vancouver - Panel Session
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Building Efficiency in Vancouver - Panel Session

Municipal building energy consumption accounts for almost 50% of C40 cities’ total carbon output, C40 cities such as Vancouver have the unique opportunity to significantly reduce and meet carbon emission goals by finding innovative solutions within this domain. This panel session strives to assess Vancouver’s current initiatives in the context of recent developments within the field, and recommend specific policies that it can implement in order to more effectively achieve its goal of becoming the ‘Greenest City’ by 2020.

The panel session will consist of a student led discussion regarding the topic outlined above, with representatives from the The Panel Policy Institute (PPI) and the UBC Environmental Policy Association (EPA) acting as moderators. Participants are expected to prepare some brief research on an assigned Green City. The ultimate goal of this panel session is to reach consensus on a set of concrete policies that Vancouver can implement within its green building strategy.

Please register, as there are limited spaces available.

We hope to see you there!

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Canada's Carbon Tax: What It Means For You and the Environment (Co-Hosted with UBC Sustainability)
Mar
10
5:30 PM17:30

Canada's Carbon Tax: What It Means For You and the Environment (Co-Hosted with UBC Sustainability)

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Want to learn about Canada's new carbon tax and what it means for Canada's economy and environment? On March 9th, join us at the BC Hydro Theatre for a panel discussion and Q&A about Canada's environmental policies and the impact of the carbon tax on our day-to-day lives and the country as a whole.

This event is brought to you by the UBC Sustainability Ambassadors and the Environmental Policy Association. Please register ahead of time as space is limited. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

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Pints and Policy 2.0: Welcome Back Social
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Pints and Policy 2.0: Welcome Back Social

Come join us for our term 2 social! This is a salon-style social, meaning that the evening will be centered around an informal discussion of current environmental issues. However, no prior knowledge of environmental policy is necessary.

The event will be held at the Wolf and Hound pub/lounge, and as an extra incentive we will be buying some pitchers for attendees. Bring your friends, have a pint, and debate environmental issues in BC and around the world.

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Climate Talk: Closing the Information Gap on Climate Change
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Climate Talk: Closing the Information Gap on Climate Change

Hey UBC! Come join us on November 30th for our final Climate Talk of 2016, where we will be discussing the information gap that exists in the general public about climate change. This is a key issue that we must address if we want to make progress on climate change policy in the coming years.

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by author and climate scientist Stewart Cohen. Stewart currently works as a Senior Researcher in the Climate Science division of Environment and Climate Change Canada, where he studies the regional impacts of climate change. One of his main areas of interest is in figuring out how to better inform the public of climate change issues. If you want to know more about him, you can check out his book, "Climate Change in the 21st Century".

The talk will begin with a brief presentation from Stewart regarding his research on the impacts of climate change. After his presentation, we will open up the discussion to talk about how this scientific information can be best conveyed to voters and policy makers.

This talk is open to all UBC students and community members. No prior knowledge is necessary, but we will be posting relevant information ahead of time to give some background information on the issue. We will also be providing fair trade coffee and cookies for all attendees, so be sure to come out, learn, and share your thoughts on this important issue!

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EPA goes to: Stop Kinder Morgan
Nov
19
11:30 AM11:30

EPA goes to: Stop Kinder Morgan

Come join the EPA on November 19th as we attend the protest to stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. The protest will start from Vancouver City Hall at noon, so we will be meeting up before hand at 11:30 to attend together. It is important to hold our government accountable to its promises on climate change policy, and the EPA wants to help by demonstrating to the Liberal government that this pipeline expansion is no exception.

Meet-up location: outside of the Starbucks on 8th and Cambie at 11:30 am. We will walk to the protest from there.

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Climate Talk: Carbon Taxes
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Climate Talk: Carbon Taxes

Come join us on October 26th for our next Climate Talk! This time we will be discussing carbon taxes, specifically focusing on the Liberal Party’s recent proposal to institute a $10/tonne tax on carbon in 2018, which will incrementally rise to $50/tonne by 2022.

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by local activist and community leader Kevin Washbrook. Kevin currently serves as a director at Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change (VTACC), an organization which aims to address global warming by encouraging civic participation in politics, and providing voters with the necessary resources to stay informed of environmental issues.

The talk will begin with a brief presentation from Kevin regarding his take on the current carbon pricing initiative and its ramifications on Canada’s stance as an energy exporter. Following his presentation, we will open up the discussion to talk about the broader economic, political, and environmental implications of carbon pricing.

This talk is open to all UBC students. No prior knowledge is necessary, but we will be posting relevant information ahead of time that will help with any potential information gaps. We will also be providing fair trade coffee and cookies for all attendees, so be sure to come out, learn, and share your thoughts on this important policy decision!

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Pints and Policy: EPA Pub Night
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Pints and Policy: EPA Pub Night

Come join us for our first social of the year! This is a salon-style social, meaning that the evening will be centered around discussing current environmental issues. However, no prior knowledge of environmental policy is necessary.

The event will be held at the Wolf and Hound, and as an extra incentive we will be buying some pitchers for our section! Bring your friends, have a pint, and debate environmental issues in BC and around the world.

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Threats to BC Ecosystems and Indigenous Communities: Site C dam
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Threats to BC Ecosystems and Indigenous Communities: Site C dam

Come join us for our first Climate Talk of the 2016/17 school year! Our discussion will be focusing on the Site C dam project by Fort St. John, BC and the environmental and indigenous concerns surrounding its construction.

The event will be held in the Jack Bell Building (Room 124), and is open to all UBC Students. There is no prior knowledge required, just come with an open mind! We will also be providing food and drink.

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Climate Talks: Fracking and the Corporate Dominance of the Oil Industry
Mar
30
2:30 PM14:30

Climate Talks: Fracking and the Corporate Dominance of the Oil Industry

Hey UBC! After the great success of our last Climate Talk, we look forward to continuing the discussion with "Fracking and the Corporate Dominance of the Oil Industry". Come to IONA 301 where we will be joined by VSE's own Dr. Clive Chappel in discussing the economic benefits vs environmental costs of fracking and big oil.

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Climate Talks: Government vs. The Free Market
Mar
9
2:30 PM14:30

Climate Talks: Government vs. The Free Market

Hey UBC! Come join us in IONA 301 for the our Climate Talk: Government vs. The Free Market, where we discuss the roles that government, big business, and entrepreneurs have in creating solutions for climate change.

Who is responsible for providing the capital, infrastructure, and technological innovation required to take major steps against climate change? Whether one of these groups is responsible, or all of them are continues to be debated. This is one of the most pressing issues facing industrialized economies, and we invite you to come and share your opinions for an open discussion, moderated by VSE's Dr. Ashok Kotwal.

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