PechaKucha Night: Our Green Future was a special night. It was a chance to check in with the City of Vancouver’s plan to create the Greenest City in the World by 2020 and a city powered by renewables by 2050, but it was so much more than that.
Our speakers tackled issues of pipeline resistance and the real threat of oil spills, about how to build happy communities and foster new technologies. We learned about food waste as a justice issue, the fight for independent journalism in Canada and that innovation doesn’t count without good policy behind it. And much more.
In case you missed it, or want to relive the great night, we’ve posted videos of all the presentations as well as the musical performances on our Vimeo page.
And don’t forget, we have another PechaKucha Night on October 16 in collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art+Design.
Claudia Li – Hua Foundation
The Hua foundation is dedicated to propelling Chinese-Canadian youth into becoming social change leaders. Claudia’s work has spanned across grassroots community organizing in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, shark conservation, and climate communications with binational organizations.
Mark Jaccard – Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU
Mark studies energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008 and contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Emma Gilchrist – DeSmog Canada
Emma Gilchrist is a writer, editor, citizen engagement specialist and executive director of DeSmog Canada, an influential online magazine focused on energy and environment.
Winnie Hwo – David Suzuki Foundation
After a stellar career in journalism including 14 years as the news and current affairs director for Fairchild Television, Canada’s only Chinese language network, Winnie joined the David Suzuki Foundation to become the go-to person for Chinese language media on environmental issues.
Marten Sims – Happy City
Marten is the senior design and engagement specialist at Happy City; president of the Vancouver Design Nerds and served as a member of the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force.
Jennifer Mayberry – Manager of Environmental Planning, City of Vancouver
Jennifer is cleaning up our city. She manages all City-owned contaminated sites and Hazardous Materials Management, Corporate Zero Waste, Sustainability initiatives, Environmental Emergency Response, green building, and the environmental regulatory branch.
Michael Delage – General Fusion
Fusion: the power of the sun. Harnessed here on earth, it would transform the world’s energy supply. Michael is an engineer and technology entrepreneur with General Fusion, headquartered in Burnaby and developing the fastest, most practical and lowest path to commercial fusion energy.
Elaine Cheng – Feeding the 5000 Vancouver and Food Connections
Elaine launched the first ever Feeding the 5000 event in Canada – a global communal feasting event made from surplus wasted food that raised awareness about the fact that 40% of all food produced is discarded.
Am Johal – SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement,
As Director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Am is involved with producing over 100 public events annually with dozens of community partners. He sits on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation, Vancouver City Planning Commission and is on the steering committee for SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.
Rueben George – Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative
The Sacred Trust is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation mandated to oppose and stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project.
Andrea Smith – Sidesaddle
Andrea is co-founder of Sidesaddle, Canada’s first women-focused, everyone welcome bike shop. She has worked as a cycling advocate across Canada and trained as an urban planner focused on cycling and mobility as a human right.
Geoff Dembicki – Sustainability Reporter at The Tyee
Geoff reports on climate change and sustainability for The Tyee, but his writing has also appeared in Foreign Policy, Vice, Salon, Walrus and the Toronto Star. He’s working on a book called Are We Screwed? and will be attending the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris.
Musical Guest: Rae Spoon
Rae Spoon is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and published author. Rae was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2009 and 2014. Rae is the subject of the NFB musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which was an official selection for Sundance 2014 and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Join us again for the next PechaKucha Night with Emily Carr University on October 16th! It’s going to be another inspiring night.
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