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EarthWorks, Eldercollege, SD46 partner for climate change lecture

ColumnHead-onCampusWe are all becoming more aware of our environment and how our daily habits and purchasing decisions affect our climate. From bicycling to recycling, just about everyone is doing something to reduce his or her impact on the environment.

This month, we are featuring a special collaboration between young people and those over 55 in a lecture co-sponsored by Capilano University’s Eldercollege and Earthworks programs and School District 46 students in Grades 10 through 12. Students from the Chatelech Secondary Leadership club will host and facilitate the event, and will find out how they can become involved at a personal and future professional level.

The lecture featuring Dr. Patrick Walden from UBC’s Triumf Research Facility will be held at the Chatelech Auditorium on Wednesday, November 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Dr. Walden will speak on climate change based on scientific evidence accepted by the U.N. International Panel on Climate Change and will examine the options of replacing much of our primary energy with renewable and Nuclear Energy. You can read more about Dr. Walden’s research at

The lecture will be part of EarthWorks, a lecture, film, and field trip series with an environmental stewardship and interdisciplinary flavour hosted by Capilano University. EarthWorks is spearheaded by students, staff, and faculty from the University’s Biology, English, Geography, Liberal Studies, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation programs, and beyond. EarthWorks’ mission is to educate and inspire students as well as members of the campus and local community to understand complex environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective enabling all to take action for positive change.

This month, let’s all reflect on the steps we are taking to reduce our impact, and take inspiration from the young people and the elders in our community as they join hands to forge new understanding.

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