The Octopus's Garden
Planning for Sea Level Rise Series
Who will be tending your vegetable garden when the ocean rises? An octopus? A seastar?
The Octopus's Garden series features experts on sea level rise from a wide variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions.
November 8, 2017 - 7pm
Sea Level Rise - The Big Picture, featuring John Englander, oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise; Gil Kelley is the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, with the City of Vancouver; Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
October 19, 2017
Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration - The Challenges for Climate Refugees, featuring Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development, London, U.K. (via video conference); James Horncastle, Lecturer, Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University and Anna Zhuo, Co-founder, Climate Migrants and Refugees Project, Vancouver.
October 5, 2017
Sea Level Rise and the International Response - Policy Action, featuring Special Envoy on Water for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Henk Ovink and flood consultant Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater Consulting) and Lawyer Deborah Carlson (West Coast Enviornmental Law).
September 21, 2017
"Sea Level Rise in Deep History - First Nations Coastal Flood Stories", with Squamish Chief Ian Campbell and Haida elder Captain Gold who will share stories from their nation’s history followed by discussion. Click here for the poster of the event.
June 8, 2017
Planning for Sea Level Rise - Local challenges and solutions
featuring Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist at the City of Vancouver; John Readshaw, Manager of Coastal Engineering at SNC-Lavalin, and Andy Yan, Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University
Link to the recording
About the Octopus’s Garden: Planning for Sea Level Rise Series:
Regions around the world are experiencing climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, while planning for the long-term effects of sea level rise and coastal storms. These stressors are driving damages and increased costs for communities, and increasing the risk of mass migration. Building on the success of the Resiliency and YOU talk, this series runs from June-November 2017, and features experts on sea level rise from a variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. Topics to be addressed include the science and physical challenges to sea level rise, local and provincial and international preparations and initiatives, climate refugees, traditional knowledge and indigenous responses to sea level rise, and finally what to expect globally - and what we can do about it locally.
For the poster of the series click here.
Brought to you by the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), and the Pacific Water Research Centre in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.