Are you interested in learning more about climate change and how cities like Burlington can take action? If yes, then you should consider attending the Cities in Action – Bay Area Climate Change Summit taking place from March 25 to 28, 2019 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. You can attend one, two or three days. The summit will be launched on the evening of Monday March 25 with a free public event.
Community leaders will talk about actions their organizations are taking to tackle climate change. There will be something for everyone at the summit: presentations and panel discussions related to business and the economy, transportation, energy and community resilience. Be inspired to take action at home, work and in the community.
Highlights are provided below but more details can be found at https://citiesinaction.mohawkcollege.ca.
FREE Public event – March 25, 2019 – Cities in Action – Climate Hope in Action
Come and learn how leading cities are taking action on climate change – in Canada and around the world. The keynote speaker is Sweden’s Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker. Åsa is Chair of ICLEI Europe and the former Deputy Mayor of Växjö, a Swedish city awarded ‘Greenest City in Europe’. Åsa will be talking about how European cities are addressing climate change, striving to be carbon neutral and implementing innovative adaptive technologies.
Day 1 – Tuesday, March 26 – Climate and the Economy
Day one will feature some of Canada’s and the Bay Area’s leading thinkers and companies to explore the relationship between climate change and the economy, new innovation and real action being taken to build the economy while transitioning to a cleaner future.
Day 2 – Wednesday, March 27 – Energy and Community
Over 80 per cent of Canadians live in urban areas. Cities are the greatest consumers of energy and have some of the greatest opportunities to impact climate change. Participants on day two will learn about action being taken in Hamilton, Burlington and beyond to transition to low carbon, resilient cities for today and future generations.
Day 3 – Thursday, March 28 – Transportation and Health
Our mobility options within and between our cities can have a profound impact on our greenhouse gas emissions, our health and our economy. Day three features the Bay Area Transportation Forum, showcasing transportation solutions of today and tomorrow: current realities and future possibilities.
The Bay Area Climate Change Summit is a collaboration between the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College and the Bay Area Climate Change Office (including the Cities of Burlington and Hamilton), the McMaster Centre for Climate Change, and Sustainable Hamilton Burlington.