The Octopus's Garden

Octopus's Garden: Planning for Sea Level Rise Series

SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), the Pacific Water Research Centre in SFU’s Faculty of Environment and the Centre for Dialogue in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Vancouver Aquarium are pleased to invite you to the next talk in the Octopus’s Garden Series:

About the Octopus’s Garden 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, 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. We hope you will join us!

Past Talks

NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Sea Level Rise - The Big Picture.

Featuring John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and Leading Expert on Sea Level Rise, Florida, USA and Gil Kelley, Chief Planner and General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver, and Dr. Sybil Seitzinger, Executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

RESOURCES

Abstracts and Biographies

Video

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. 

RESOURCES

Abstracts and Biographies

Video

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 Environmental Law).

RESOURCES

Abstracts and Biographies

Video

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Sea Level Rise in Deep History: First Nations Coastal Flood Stories

Featuring Squamish Chief Ian Campbell and Haida elder Captain Gold, who share stories of their nations' history.

RESOURCES

Abstract and Biographies

Video and Podcast

JUNE 8, 2017

Planning for Sea Level Rise

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.

The first talk in this series explores local issues and solutions.

RESOURCES

Biographies

Video