The third annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium comes to the Grand Theatre on Thursday, January 16 with emcee Laura Nash, host of Zero Waste Countdown. Her show, which airs on 91X in the Bay of Quinte and QCCR 99.3 in Nova Scotia, is about reducing waste and environmental impacts.
“Sustainable Kingston and the City, co-hosts of this event, were seeking an emcee who could help inspire us to take more climate actions and Laura certainly fits the bill,” said Julie Salter-Keane, Community Projects Manager. “She’s interviewed experts in a variety of fields and has an excellent overview of the challenges facing us as our climate changes.”
Also featured at the event will be a keynote address by award-winning urban planner Jennifer Keesmaat.
Three mini-sessions will be offered to participants to allow them to develop climate actions they can take – separately and together – to reduce Kingston’s community greenhouse gases by 15 per cent from 2018 levels by 2022, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.
Check out the full line-up of speakers and sessions for the afternoon’s agenda:
- 12 p.m. Doors Open | Change for Climate Information Fair
- 12:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
+ Land Acknowledgement Kathy Brant, Grandmother-in-Residence for Grand OnStage
+ Opening Remarks Mayor Paterson
+ Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux, Poem: House I Forgot About
+ MP Mark Gerretson and MPP Ian Arthur
- 12:45 p.m. Robert Keen, Forests Ontario
- 1:30 p.m. Inspiring Action Mini-session with Pamela Shea, St. Lawrence College and Paul MacLatchy, City of Kingston
- 1:45 p.m. Wellness Break
- 2 p.m. Mason Prout and Matt Brown, Patagonia
- 3 p.m. Inspiring Action Mini-session with Dan MacKinnon, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., Devon Hawkins, nufuuds, and Russell Horne, City of Kingston
- 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break and Networking
- 4 p.m. Inspiring Action Mini-session with Aidan Tomkinson, KCVI
- 4:10 p.m. Sustainable Kingston
- 4:25 p.m. Paige Agnew, City of Kingston, Density by Design
- 4:40 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Jennifer Keesmaat
- 5:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
- 6 p.m. Networking | Change for Climate Information Fair
Purchase tickets for the third annual Kingston Climate Change Symposium at The Grand Theatre box office at 218 Princess Street or online ($20 for adults and $15 for students plus HST and handling).