Keynote: Dr. Amy Luers 

Wednesday, February 6
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Cultural performance with Dr. Deepak Paramashivan, drinks and snacks in the lobby.

Sparking Exponential Climate Action

Dr. Amy Luers  

Sponsored by the University of Alberta Sustainability Council, the City of Edmonton, MacEwan University and the Global Education Program

We face a future full of disruption. To keep global warming below 2°C, countries must adopt a simple rule: cut emissions in half every decade to 2050. Solutions may be market ready and economically attractive, but it will require economic transformation at an unprecedented speed and scale.

Meanwhile, Silicon Valley’s digital revolution is re-wiring the way we work, shop, live and socialize. Tech giants have had a profound influence on democracy and the modern economy, and the promise of artificial intelligence, robotics, and the internet of things will only bring more disruption.

Can the massive transformations of the digital revolution help drive us toward a climate-safe world? Technology alone will not solve the climate crisis. This talk explores the priorities for science, technology and policy to drive forward the integrated approach that is needed to tackle this challenge. Amy Luers and Future Earth are showing leaders, scientists and business that they must collaborate to put us on the road to a thriving, sustainable future.

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    Dr. Luers has published in both academic and the popular media on issues related to vulnerability to global environmental change, data, sustainability, climate policy, and science communication. A respected scientist and data innovator, Dr. Luers has been recognised as a PopTech fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, Heinz Environmental Scholar, and has advised the California state government, the White House, and the United Nations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences. Dr. Luers holds a PhD in environmental science and an MA in international policy studies, from Stanford University; a BS and MS in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University; and a BA in philosophy from Middlebury College.

Sparking Exponential Climate Action

Dr. Amy Luers 

12:30 - 1:30 pm
11-161 Roundhouse, Allard Hall
MacEwan University
11110 - 104 Ave NW

For details see the Keynote description.

Global Goals Talks

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Atrium, Students' Union Building

Join us for engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as a cultural performance by MelAfrique.

Today's Talks:

Minding the Gap: Alberta and SDG 10

Ricardo Acuña  

Executive Director, Parkland Institute, University of Alberta; and Board Chair, Oxfam Canada, and Deputy Chair, Oxfam International


Ricardo Acuña has been Executive Director of the Parkland Institute, a progressive public policy think tank at UAlberta, since 2002. He is also currently Chair of the Board of Oxfam Canada and Deputy Chair of Oxfam International

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    He is a frequent media commentator and a regular speaker to students, teachers, and community groups around Alberta on topics including Alberta politics, public policy, citizenship and democracy, the provincial economy, energy policy, gender justice, and international development. For 12 years he wrote a regular column on provincial affairs for the now-defunct publication Vue Weekly.

Food4Good: Building a Food Initiative from the Ground Up 

Jennifer Clary 
Steering Committee Chair for Food4Good

Jennifer Clary has been involved in the Food4Good program for over three years. She was drawn to Food4Good because of the grassroots nature of the work they were doing in the community.

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    She is a registered dietitian with experience in primary care, public health and health promotion. She is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with Food4Good to work toward vibrant, thriving communities that are food secure. 

Innovation for Sustainable Development: Amphibious Robots Help with Environmental Monitoring

Nicolas Olmedo   
President and Founder, Copperstone Technologies; and PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

He is now a PhD Candidate working on field robotics. He co-founded Copperstone Technologies in 2014 to build amphibious robots for environmental monitoring and to help solve environmental challenges of industrial operations.

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    He is now a PhD Candidate working on field robotics. He co-founded Copperstone Technologies in 2014 to build amphibious robots for environmental monitoring and to help solve environmental challenges of industrial operations.

You, Me & the Sea

Dr. Cameron Jefferies  
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

Dr. Cameron S.G. Jefferies is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law at UAlberta. His work focuses on matters of international and domestic environmental law, energy and natural resources law, oceans law and policy, and tort law.

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    He is the author of Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2016), a co-author of Tort Law, 6th ed. (Thomson Reuters, 2017), and a co-editor of Global Environmental Change and Innovation in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has also authored a number of book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Energy Law Journal and the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. He is actively involved in the local environmental rights movement and is a member of the Edmonton chapter of the United Conservationists Fin Free Campaign.