Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal is to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.
We Can Change Climate Change
This is the second year that Selkirk College is collaborating with Countdown to take action on climate change. We all have a vital role to play. See video recordings from Climate Countdown 2020.
The event will feature over 10 local speakers working on various aspects of climate change, including activism, health and wellness, community collaboration and energy. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers during a facilitated panel. The event will open and close with music from a Selkirk College music student and will also include TED video shorts sprinkled throughout.
What are locals doing to inspire a sense of the possibility and accelerate climate action? Learn more about the 2021 event in our news story.
- Sunday, November 21 from 3-5 p.m.
Hosted in partnership with the Citizens' Climate Lobby Nelson-West Kootenay Chapter and the West Kootenay Climate Hub.
Learn more about our awesome line up:
Linn Murray & Jamie Hunter - Attending COP26
Linn and Jamie are both Selkirk alumni who just got back from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. Linn is a host on “the Ecocentric” weekly environment news show on Kootenay Coop Radio, and is an organizer of Fridays for the Future West-Kootenays. Jamie is the co-founder of Stop Ecocide Canada and a Fridays for the Future organizer. They both will be sharing some of their experience at COP26.
Bruce Wilson - Local energy innovations
Bruce is currently Board Chair of Iron & Earth, Founding Director of Columbia Institute of Renewable Energy, and owner of Thor Hydrogen, a green hydrogen start-up. Becoming increasingly aware of the growing urgency of the climate emergency, Bruce left his career with Shell to support the energy transition through training and delivery of zero-emission energy solutions.
Natalie Douglas - Moving beyond just energy efficiency
Natalie will briefly introduce the topic of embodied carbon (otherwise known as material carbon emissions), discuss why it’s crucial that its consideration be integrated into existing energy efficiency programs, and highlight the work that the City of Nelson and City of Castlegar are doing on the topic.
Ingrid Liepa - Columbia Basin Climate Source - basinclimatesource.ca
Ingrid began working on climate change initiatives in the late 1990s when working in the power sector. After moving to Kimberley in 2006, she helped pioneer local climate adaptation efforts in the Columbia Basin through the Columbia Basin Trust's Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative from 2007 to 2015, and more recently with the Trust's Climate Action Program. Ingrid was a lead content creator for the Columbia Basin Climate Source, a one-stop climate information resource created for the Columbia Basin Boundary region, which she will profile in her TEDx talk.
Steven Cretney (he/him) - Nest Lab – Collaborative community action on climate change in Nelson
Steven is the project lead for Nest Lab, and runs a Nelson-based design and engagement studio focused on social, environmental and educational initiatives. He likes to spend time with his family riding, exploring and breathing in the fresh air of the forest.
Dr. Kyle Merritt (he/him) - Doctors and Nurses for Planetary Health - Kootenay Boundary
Kyle is a family doctor working in Nelson and department head of the ER at KLH. He grew up in Castlegar and has two sisters, one partner, 3 kids and 3 chickens.
Ivy Tourand (she/her) - Climate change and health: A Selkirk College Nursing Program Curriculum Review.
Ivy is a 4th year nursing student through the University of Victoria at Selkirk College. She has lived in the Kootenays all her life and loves to ski, camp and be outdoors.
Kaitlyn Taburiaux (she/her) - What are the mental health impacts of the climate crisis on local youth (18-24), and what resources or tools can help?
Kaitlyn is a third-year pre-med student at Selkirk College. She grew up in the Kootenay area and has always had a passion for climate change activism.
With musical performances from Grace Clark
Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Métis artist Grace Clark has had a passion for music since the age of 3, when she started playing piano. At age 7, Grace picked up the fiddle and quickly immersed herself in the northern performing arts community playing at various festivals and venues, and has since blossomed into the singer & songwriter we know today. Drawing inspiration from nature and the world around her, Grace began writing her own songs as a teenager and graduated in April 2021 with a Voice & Songwriting Major from the Contemporary Music & Technology Program in Nelson, British Columbia. Follow Grace on Instagram at @graceclarkmusic
Hosted by local youth Jade Osecki and Avianna Clempson