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2021 Key Messages and Policy Recommendations: Adaptation Building Resilience in the Global Climate Emergency

Overarching Messages: As the climate becomes increasingly destructive of lives, property and biodiversity, it is abundantly clear that human communities must act with urgency—must adapt—to protect themselves from further devastation. Climate change adaptation refers to adjustments in ecological, social, or economic systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli and their impacts. In simple terms, countries, communities… Read More »

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Religious Leader Engagement – An Emerging Contribution to Peacebuilding (Nov 23)

Learn what RLE is, how it is utilized, and lessons learned by Canadian Armed Forces in peace-building as well as by domestic institutions. Featuring: General Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Moore, Brigadier General Guy Belisle, and Sylvie Lemiux.

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G78 Recommends Action to Adapt to Climate Change in Letter to the Prime Minister

The following letter was sent to the Prime Minister as well as the Ministers of Global Affairs, Finance (& Deputy Prime Minister), Environment & Climate Change, International Development, Trade Agriculture, Health, Infrastructure, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Natural Resources Canada, requesting action with the recommendations from our 2021 Annual Policy Conference.

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Watch the Video: Putting your money where it can fight climate change

This webinar will examine how your retirement savings can help defuse the growing climate crisis and pave the transition to a sustainable planet.

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Opinion piece by G78 Chair, Roy Culpeper

The Hill TimesMonday October 11, 2021, p.19 Canada needs to demonstrate sincerity in its climate adaptation actions It is not too late. Canada can still pledge to increase its contribution, by doubling it again to $2-billion a year. That would still amount to less than half its fair share, but would reflect much greater sincerity in its commitment… Read More »

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Videos are available for our 2021 Annual Policy Conference – Adaptation: Building Resilience in the Global Climate Emergency

The aim of this year’s Policy Conference is to enhance the national and global dialogue on the role of adaptation in addressing the threats of climate change. The conference will examine policies that will not only help to shield us from the impacts of climate change but provide ancillary benefits that will make our lives, our communities, our economies and our environment more sustainable. Read more to learn about the scope of the conference, the detailed program, and how to participate.

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Watch the video – A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

The world is not on a path to meet greenhouse gas emission targets to hold global warming to a 1.5 degree increase and avoid climate catastrophe. How are we ever to do this–is it even possible? We need radical systemic change to the way we live and work–during this decade. The world climate conference to be held in November (COP26) will be a crucial test of the world’s willingness and ability to meet this huge challenge. To tackle this enormous issues Seth Klein will present insights from his new book, “A Good War”.

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Watch the Video – NATO: Solution or Problem?

The Taliban are advancing in Afghanistan; Libya remains in a state of chaos; and NATO enlargement has heightened tensions on Europe’s eastern borders – NATO’s record in the past two decades is not looking particularly good. Nonetheless, at its most recent summit, the alliance broadened its horizons, speaking in terms of containing China – a state far removed from the North Atlantic. In light of these developments, Professor Paul Robinson of the University of Ottawa will discuss whether NATO is a solution to problems of international security or whether it is itself one of the problems.

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Watch the video – Community Owned Renewable Energy

We don’t have to wait for government, private industry, or institutional investors to finance the transition to renewable energy and green technology. Citizens and local communities can act by pooling their money and facilitate the climate action we need. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC) is a proven local for-profit energy cooperative that has a track record of building new generation assets, attracting growing membership while paying regular dividends. This webinar will discuss the experience of OREC as an alternative model to help us achieve Canada’s zero net carbon target.

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Watch the video – Global Vaccine Inequity: a Tale of two pandemics

June 16th, Dr Peter Singer, Special Advisor to the Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization will speak on how COVID19 has shone a harsh light on the pre-existing social and economic inequities among and within countries. It has also used in the defining challenge of our time: vaccine equity. This can be addressed with dollars, dose sharing, and domestic manufacturing. Ultimately COVID-19 vaccine sustainable equity and regional security will depend on domestic production supported by sharing of technology, know how and intellectual property. This is the world’s Mandela moment: it always seems impossible until its done!

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