The effects of climate change are becoming ever more evident. Rising temperatures, drought, and extreme weather events seem part of nearly every news cycle. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ in order to curtail climate change, and Canadian voters consider climate change among the top three issues in the coming election. But is Canada doing enough to tackle climate change and environmental degradation? How will climate change impact Canada and Canadians, and how can the global governance of environmental challenges be improved? Our panel of environment and climate change experts will address these and other questions connected with one of the most important political and foreign policy issues of our time.
Catherine Abreu is the Executive Director of Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat (CAN-Rac) Canada. CAN-Rac is Canada’s primary network of organizations working on climate change and energy issues, and brings together more than 100 organizations operating from coast to coast. Catherine is an internationally recognized, award-winning campaigner whose work centres on building powerful coalitions to advance transformative action on climate change. One of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy as named by Apolitical in 2019, she has over 15 years of experience campaigning on environmental issues including 7 years in the heart of the global climate movement.
Ryan Katz-Rosene is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, based at the School of Political Studies and affiliated with the Institute of Environment. On campus Ryan serves as a co-ordinator for the International Political Economy Network, and holds research interests in the political economy of climate change and climate policy. Off campus Ryan serves as the President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and an Editor for the journal Studies in Political Economy. He lives on his family’s organic farm in Wakefield, Québec.
Nick Rivers, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Nicholas Rivers is the Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the economic evaluation of environmental policies, using econometric and computational methods. He has received awards and grants for his research from the Trudeau Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the National Science and Engineering Research Council. He currently serves as a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
This panel is the last in the series “Voting for a Better World? Foreign Policy in the 2019 Election,” hosted by CIPS and funded by an SSHRC Exchange Grant.