Join us for our virtual conference on climate change – Massey is #MissingCOP26

 

COP26, the annual global gathering of climate experts and governments, was scheduled to be held November 9-20, 2020 in Glasgow. As the fifth such meeting since the critically important 2015 Paris Agreement, COP26 is to be pivotal in assessing progress and in strengthening commitments to slow global heating while it is still possible to preserve a stable climate.

Due to the pandemic, the official COP26 has been postponed until November 2021, and much attention has been diverted from climate action to COVID–19. But the climate crisis is still gaining speed, and the window for preserving a stable climate is closing. What can be done to lay the groundwork for a successful COP26 next year?

Massey is Missing COP26 so we want to do something about it. As part of the College mandate to contribute wisely to the public good, we are putting on a free five-part virtual climate conference from November 9-19, 2020 to build strategic momentum towards a powerful Canadian role at COP26 in 2021. Massey College has a long tradition of making meaningful contributions to public discourse in Canada, through the Massey Lectures, the Massey Dialogues and otherwise, provoking debate and discussion in a setting of excellence and achievement. Massey Senior Fellows have had extraordinary careers at the highest levels of science, medicine, technology, philosophy and law, and many Massey Junior Fellows go on to have the same.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Royal Ontario Museum, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, the Canadian International Council and the World Refugee & Migration Council. We expect a diverse and influential audience from across the country and beyond.

 

Massey is Missing COP26 has five elements, all of which would have been present at the official COP26. We focus them on Canada and the role it will play at COP26, now re-scheduled for November 2021. Join us for these invigorating discussions with thought leaders across Canada, take action in your own life, and then ask your political representatives to act on what you have learned.

 


 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR FIVE-PART SERIES:

 

PART I — Why Climate Change Matters to All Canadians: Intergenerational Voices

Date: Monday, November 9 – 12:00-1:00pm EST

Lloyd Axworthy and David Suzuki have spent decades advocating, pressing and legislating for social justice and climate justice with enormous success and also setbacks. Looking back on more than 50 years on the frontlines of activism, what can they share with a new generation of activists? And why now do they see the need to come together and join forces on the critical consequences of a planet warming at an accelerated rate?

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy – Chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council, Dr. David Suzuki – Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, join youth climate activist Sophia Mathur for an armchair conversation across the generations, moderated by Rosemary McCarney, former Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations (2015-2019) and the 2020/2021 Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy and Global Affairs.

 

To watch the recording of this important conversation, please click here.

Full event details can be found on the webpage: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-intergenerational-voices

 


 

PART II — International Diplomacy: What Ingredients Made COP21 In Paris a Success and Could We Do It Again?

Date: Thursday, November 12 – 12:00-1:00pm EST

 

In 2015, the countries of the world met in Paris and achieved consensus on a set of commitments to reduce carbon emissions and strive to reduce the pace of global warming. 2015 was considered a breakthrough in climate change ambition. We know now that we need much stronger commitments as science and data have continued to inform us. Can we recreate the momentum of 2015 in a much changed world in 2021 when the countries of the world again come together to negotiate? Kathleen Wynne was at the heart of the negotiations in 2015 – she will share her experiences from that momentous time, from her perspective as a senior member of Canada’s delegation for the Paris Climate Agreement negotiations.

Kathleen Wynne – MPP Don Valley West, former Premier of Ontario (2013-2018), joins Rushay Naik – Junior Fellow, Massey College, in an interview by Rosemary McCarney, former Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations (2015-2019), and the 2020-2021 Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy and Global Affairs.

 

To watch the recording of this important conversation, please click here.

Full event details can be found on the event page: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-international-diplomacy/

 


 

PART III [Workshop] — Which Policy Instruments Can Achieve A Stable Climate? An En-ROADS Climate Interactive Workshop

Date: Monday, November 16, 2020 – various times

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that gives everyone the chance to design their own scenarios to limit global heating. Join certified Canadian Climate Ambassadors to try out your favourite policies and get immediate feedback on the likely results. The simulation offers an intuitive interface, has been carefully grounded in the best available science, and has been calibrated against a wide range of existing integrated assessment, climate and energy models. Learn about the model here.

Full event details can be found here on the webpage: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-en-roads-climate-workshop/

 

Thank you to our Workshop Facilitators: Canadian En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors Massey College Senior Fellow Dr. Dianne SaxeLaura LindbergMartha Toy DMVLaura Sacks M.Sc.Dr. Christine Hitchcock, and Doug Pritchard.

 


 

PART IV — The Role Of The Canadian Financial Sector in Expanding Carbon Intensive Projects

Date: Tuesday, November 17 – 12:00-1:00pm EST

We are witnessing major shifts in lending and investment policies across the globe by banks, pension funds and other major sources of capital to low or zero carbon emission products and infrastructure. Are Canadian financial institutions moving quickly enough to this new reality? Are Canadian savings products aligned to Canadian commitments to a green economy? Are banks’ lending portfolios aligned to the commitments being made by the Canadian government internationally at COP21 and domestically in the most recent Throne Speech?

Joining us for this conversation will be Mairead Lavery – President and CEO, Export Development Canada, Christine Bergeron – CEO, Vancity, Adam Scott – Director, Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, and will be hosted by Rosemary McCarney, former Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations (2015-2019), and the 2020-2021 Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy and Global Affairs.

 

To watch the recording of this important conversation, please click here.

Full event details can be found here on the event page: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-the-role-of-the-canadian-financial-sector/

 


 

PART V — Will Arts and Culture Build Public Momentum for Ambitious Climate Policies at COP26?

Date: Thursday, November 19 – 12:00-1:30pm EST (*90 minute session)

Speakers and performers

Our guests are The Honourable Steven Guilbeault Canada’s Heritage Minister and noted climate activist, Josh Basseches – CEO and Director of the Royal Ontario Museum, poet Alice Major, singer-songwriter Ron Hawkins, and singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer. The conversation will be moderated by Massey College Senior Fellow Dr. Dianne Saxe – SaxeFacts.com. Join us for these invigorating discussions, reduce your own carbon footprint, and then ask your political representatives to act on what you have learned. 

 

To watch the recording of this important conversation, please click here.

 

We also heard from: 

ShiftAction – Protecting your pension and the climate

CleanAir Partnership – Home energy retrofits

Guelph Tool Library – Sharing stuff, not buying 

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment – Active transportation for health

David Suzuki Foundation – Think global, act on local government

Nourish Healthcare – Plant-based diets

 

 

To watch the recording of this important conversation, please click here. 

Full event details can be found here on the event page: https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-arts-and-culture/

 

 


 

We invite you to join us. For enquiries, media requests, or for more information about Massey is #MissingCOP26, please contact Abra Rissi by clicking here.

 

Thank you to our co-sponsors for supporting Massey is Missing COP26

 

 

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