About cli­mate change

Con­fer­ence to fo­cus on cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion, adap­ta­tion

Annapolis Valley Register - - ONLINE - By lawrence pow­ell The Spec­ta­tor an­napo­lis royal

A con­fer­ence, mod­elled af­ter an or­ga­ni­za­tion started 60 years ago as a brain­storm­ing group to halt the pos­si­ble nu­clear an­ni­hi­la­tion of the hu­man race, opens this month to deal with a threat just as deadly – cli­mate change.

The 2017 Pug­wash Con­fer­ence Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 com­mem­o­rates the first con­fer­ence held in 1957 when 22 nu­clear physi­cists gath­ered at the Thinkers Lodge to talk about atomic bombs and nu­clear war.

“We were asked to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing a re­treat, that in a sense is pat­terned af­ter the first 1957 re­treat on nu­clear war, with the idea that nu­clear war was a threat, it’s still a threat now - as high-level of a threat is cli­mate change,” said Cen­tre for Lo­cal Pros­per­ity founder and se­nior ad­vi­sor Gre­gory Hem­ing of Port-royal.

Lo­cal Pros­per­ity is part­ner­ing with Thinkers Lodge and Cum­ber­land En­ergy Au­thor­ity to or­ga­nize the con­fer­ence that in­cludes a day of pub­lic events Sept. 28 at var­i­ous venues in Pug­wash, plus a re­treat from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Thinkers Lodge.

On Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. the pub­lic can also at­tend pre­sen­ta­tions of the out­comes of the thinkers re­treat at Pug­wash Peace Hall.


Like the 1957 con­fer­ence, the cli­mate change re­treat will in­clude 22 thinkers with in­ter­na­tional and re­gional per­spec­tives on cli­mate change, its im­pact on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, po­ten­tial adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion strate­gies, and the po­ten­tial for build­ing re­silient com­mu­ni­ties, Lo­cal Pros­per­ity said in an email.

The key fo­cus will be Project Drawdown which will pro­vide an in­ter­na­tional lens for cli­mate change and the im­me­di­ate paths for­ward at the lo­cal level.

“The idea is how we would be­gin to make sense out of cli­mate, with the ex­ist­ing doc­u­ments that we have – one of which are mu­nic­i­pal cli­mate change ac­tion plans … – so we brought in some other peo­ple who have a broader view of cli­mate,” said Hem­ing. “One is Project Drawdown out of Cal­i­for­nia that has pro­posed 100 dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions to reach the point of drawdown, which is tak­ing enough CO2 out the air that the planet be­gins to heal. We’ve iden­ti­fied that point. So here’s 100 so­lu­tions that might do that.”

Hem­ing said the con­fer­ence will bring those 100 so­lu­tions down to 25 so­lu­tions that may fit in At­lantic Canada.

“Then we have a group of 22 thinkers who are go­ing to look at all the things that might have to take place to adapt or mit­i­gate to the changes of the cli­mate,” Hem­ing said. “So this is a re­al­is­tic, pol­icy look at what can hap­pen to wrap our minds around cli­mate change.”


The con­fer­ence has a full-time reporter and writer, plus it will be recorded. But Hem­ing said on Sun­day af­ter­noon, he hopes a pub­lic state­ment will be made on what the next process might be.

“Whether that’s re­al­is­tic or not, I don’t know,” he said. “We want to come out with some spe­cific the­o­ries, tech­nolo­gies that ap­ply to the At­lantic prov­inces. And then what I want to do is be able to break it down to dif­fer­ent prov­inces, and then fur­ther break it down to dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties where at the end of the day we might be able to say ‘what can An­napo­lis County do to ei­ther mit­i­gate or adapt to cli­mate change and also drive an econ­omy around those things that we may have to be do­ing.’”

A full sched­ule of events, a map of Pug­wash, and lo­ca­tion de­tails are avail­able at: http://cen­tre­for­local­pros­per­ity.ca/events-2/ thinkers-lodge-re­treat/pub­lic-stu­dents-events-sched­ule/

The Cen­tre for Lo­cal Pros­per­ity is a reg­is­tered Nova Sco­tia non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing lo­cal eco­nomic so­lu­tions for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through­out Canada. The cen­tre or­ga­nizes ma­jor con­fer­ences and small com­mu­nity-based work­ing ses­sions and con­ducts ev­i­dence-based stud­ies that of­ten lead to com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Visit them at www.cen­tre­for­local­pros­per­ity.ca .

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