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Community-Engaged Research and the Climate Crisis
A symposium hosted by SFU Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) and the UBC Centre for Climate Justice
Climate crisis is already unfolding across BC: heat domes, wildfires, and floods have had devastating impacts on communities throughout the province, both urban and rural. These impacts – like other social and environmental injustices – are unevenly distributed, often exacerbating existing harms to Indigenous peoples, communities of colour, and the underhoused or socially vulnerable.
Community-engaged research offers powerful methods for understanding these impacts, increasing the capacity of under-resourced communities to plan for and live through them, and amplifying the stories and visions of change coming from those living through the climate crisis. But there is a tension between the pace and scale of community-engaged research – which requires that relationships be built with care, patience, and close attention to context – and the urgency of the global climate crisis. How then can we do community-engaged research at the speed of the climate emergency? What role can community-engaged research play in creating change that is both globally impactful and sensitive to local realities?
This symposium brings together community organizers, movement and youth leaders, media makers/storytellers, researchers, and other practitioners of climate justice to share practices, stories, and lessons to collectively strengthen our ability to advance climate justice. The one-day event will foster discussion and connection among initiatives centred on three themes:
- Collaborative research and climate responses that advance Indigenous sovereignty;
- Storytelling for community resilience and policy change; and
- Youth-driven research and engagement for climate justice.
The climate crisis symposium was held on the 20th of October 2022. Thank you to everyone who has attended and participated.
Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2022
Time: 9am - 5pm PT
312 Main St, Vancouver BC
NOTE: This event will be held in-person only therefore please only register if you are able to attend in-person at 312 Main in Vancouver on October 20th.