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Post-Paris climate talks — Ottawa’s HUB hosts action panel in time for Earth Day

Above photo from unsplash.com: Manhattan, New York City, United States

With Earth Day in our near future and the United Nations’ climate summit not far in our past, Ottawa’s Impact HUB is bringing the conversation to the capital city.

Along with Smarter Shift/The Energy Mix, the HUB will host a discussion this Wednesday, Apr. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. where attendees and an expert panel can review climate change, energy, and the growing movement to build a post-carbon Ottawa.

The UN’s meeting in Paris this past December was a landmark year—the first time almost all nations of the world agreed on a common strategy to fight climate change. And yet, the targets are voluntary and even if reached by all, would still fall far short of stabilizing the global climate.

While international agreements are key to rapid carbon reductions, hands-on solutions are being built from the ground up—by people working in cities, businesses, non-profits, colleges, universities and online communities.

So, just days ahead of the formal UN agreement signing (which will be done in New York this Friday, Earth Day), head to the HUB for a lively community conversation and update on post-Paris action – and find out what you can do to make a difference.

Cost: $12 for HUB members, $17 non-members – includes a free Beau’s beer! (100 per cent of the proceeds go towards supporting social innovation and city-building in Ottawa, as well as community-focused learning). Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Panelists:

Mitchell Beer, Smarter Shift/The Energy Mix

Mike De Souza, National Observer

Andrea Flowers, City of Ottawa Renewable Energy Strategy

Graeme Cunningham, Bullfrog Power

Janice Ashworth, OREC

Katrina Kroeze, Carbon 613

Moderated by Jane Porter, Stratos

Impact Hub Ottawa, 71 Bank St., 6th Floor