On Jan. 23, a newly formed organisation at the University of Regina, Academics for Climate, will launch a public lecture series on climate change in Saskatchewan and beyond, to be held between January and April 2020.
The aim of the Academics for Climate Community Series: Towards a Better Understanding of Climate Change in Saskatchewan is to increase public understanding of climate change and its range of impacts, and to offer audiences tangible actions they can take away.
The 11 lectures will feature a range of topics, including an explanation of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the consequences of climate change on water, Indigenous perspectives on climate change, fake news and climate change, resiliency, and strategies for getting to net zero carbon.
“We are thrilled to make academic research, knowledge, and expertise on issues of climate change accessible to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend, including youth, people curious to know more, and people who are skeptical of climate change,” says Sarah Abbott, associate professor in the film department.
Abbot is one of the co-organisers of the Academics for Climate Community Series, alongside Dr. Britt Hall, associate professor in the biology department, and Dr. Sean Tucker, associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration.
The series begins on January 23 with a talk by Dr. David Sauchyn, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC). His lecture will focus on the difficulty of detecting climate change in Saskatchewan, where the natural variability in weather and climate is amongst the largest on Earth.
"There is a lot of information in newspapers and online about how climate change is affecting other parts of the world. This lecture series is an opportunity for U of R researchers to share their knowledge of global climate change, and also what it means for our part of the world," says Sauchyn.
Sauchyn’s lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) 119 on the University of Regina’s main campus. Admission is free.
Information about all the Academics for Climate upcoming events will be available on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/444260053128091/