Climate Emergency: The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 515 West Hastings | 7:00 pm | Room 1900

Moderator:    Naomi Krogman, Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University

Speaker:        Mark Jaccard, SFU Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU

Respondent:  Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver and SFU alumnus

Abstract:  In this talk, Mark Jaccard shares the findings of his new book and speaks on how climate-concerned citizens can overcome myths that hinder us from acting in time to prevent extreme climate impacts. Their actions can involve personal consumption choices (electric vehicles, heat pumps) but these only have an effect if citizens are also engaged in the political process and civil society to elect and support climate-sincere politicians. These personal and collective efforts must align with and foster a global strategy of decarbonization, especially in developing countries. Come to the talk to find out what you can do.  Matt Horne will respond to Mark's presentation and share strategies that the City of Vancouver is implementing to create climate success.

Mark Jaccard was recently named an SFU Distinguished Professor. He is an author of the International Panel on Climate Change, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada for his internationally-recognized research using economic models to assess climate policies. He has won the Donner Prize for best policy book in Canada, the BC Academic of the Year Award, and several SFU awards including the Sterling Prize, the President’s Sustainability Award, and the Media and Outreach Award. He has also been arrested for blocking a coal train.

Matt Horne is the City of Vancouver's Climate Policy Manager. In this role he is responsible for delivering on the City's commitment to have 100% of the energy used in Vancouver come from renewable sources by 2050. Horne also advises senior management and the Mayor on climate change policy issues. Matt Horne is also an SFU alumni, graduating with a Master's in Resource in Environmental Management after attaining a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Dalhousie University.


SFU Faculty of Environment
SFU Alumni Association
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
David and Cecilia Ting Endowment Fund

About the 2020 Dean's Lecture Series

To wrap up the celebration of our 10th Anniversary, SFU’s Faculty of Environment is pleased to announce our 2020 Dean’s lecture series:  From Environmental Research to Public Solutions. The series features scholars and practitioners who explore some of the pressing social and ecological challenges we face.  Each talk will share current research and include perspectives from practitioners and community members on applying this knowledge to local collaborations and initiatives to motivate change at individual, organizational and political levels.

Additional talks in the series: