Skip to main content
KPU Surrey Campus

You are here

KPU&Science World: Optimism in an Era of Climate Change

KPU&Science World: Optimism in an Era of Climate Change

Off Campus
Science World at TELUS World of Science

Description:

Before the talk begins, join us in a set of interactive, hands-on activities and scientific demonstrations related to the presentation! Talks begins at 7pm, doors open at 6pm, unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Optimism in an Era of Climate Change
Speaker: Dr. Paul Richard

Sustainability

Climate change is real, and terrifying. We have entered a time when droughts are longer and hotter, storms are stronger, floods are deeper and more frequent.

But we need not be paralyzed by fear. We already have the technology necessary to address the problem and alleviate its worse consequences. It's simply a matter of using it, and the first step is awareness. I plan to describe what these technologies are, both the ones that mitigate the impacts (better flood management, for instance) as well as those that address the source of the problem (green energy instead of fossil fuel). I will use examples from around the world, but will use as a home base Hamburg, the German port city that shares many things with Vancouver. Relying on science and a well-balanced mix of market forces and government planning, Hamburg has managed to create very innovative solutions to flood prevention and control, water supply, energy storage and energy savings measures, and community planning. From developments made to withstand flooding at no cost or inconvenience, to apartment buildings that use algae or even human waste as a source of energy, Europe in general and Hamburg in particular has come up with solutions that apply to Vancouver. When I visited, I felt like I had entered the future, one that works – and I'd like to share what I discovered as a way to shake that sense of doom that seems to prevent us from moving ahead.

America/Vancouver KPU&Science World: Optimism in an Era of Climate Change Before the talk begins, join us in a set of interactive, hands-on activities and scientific demonstrations related to the presentation! Talks begins at 7pm, doors open at 6pm, unless otherwise stated. Science World at TELUS World of Science Off Campus