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Hosted by the Bay Area Climate Change Council of February 25, 2020.
Community members of all ages and climate change knowledge levels came together to hear from local leaders and special guest speaker, Dr. Mark Jaccard. Paul Armstrong from Mohawk College started off the evening along with opening remarks from Councilor John-Paul Danko from the City of Hamilton and Councilor Rory Nisan from the City or Burlington. The Bay Area Climate Change Council reported to the community on progress in 2019 and important climate initiatives for 2020.
Dr. Mark Jaccard is a professor of sustainable energy in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. His latest book, The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress, focuses on how to overcome human psychological traits that hinder our ability to act effectively on the global warming threat.
This event was supported by the Centre for Climate Change Management, in partnership with the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington, and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Following the Climate Change Forum, 104 community members participated in interactive group workshops. The primary goals of the activity were to:
- Better understand community member’s barriers and motivators when it comes to supporting climate change initiatives in the region
- Help the Bay Area Climate Change Implementation Teams to understand the more complex systems creating barriers to change
As part of the workshop, participants discussed four key areas of interest: Food, Buildings, Transportation or Engagement. The were asked a series of questions and then engaged in valuable conversation and brainstorming with other members of the community. The discussion was captured by note takers and summarized to reflect the outcomes.