Fire, Climate, and Community Panel Event

Date: March 6, 2024
Time: 1pm – 4pm 
Location: The Melville Centre for Dialogue, KPU Richmond

With climate change comes a rise in the frequency and intensity of weather events. In BC, and around the world, this also means an increase in the scale and destructive power of fire. The Climate+ Challenge is pleased to take part in KPU’s UNSDG Week activities with the presentation of Fire, Climate & Community on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 pm. Registration is now open and open to faculty, staff, students, and external guests. This event brings together four esteemed experts, John Vaillant, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Eugene Kung, and Liz Toohey-Wiese at the Melville Centre for Dialogue on the Richmond Campus or Virtually to discuss fire, its links to the climate emergency, and its effect on our communities. The panelists bring unique perspectives derived from research, journalism, experiential, artistic, and advocacy backgrounds. From the levelling of First Nations communities, Fort St. John, and Lytton, to the increase in wildfire smoke and changing forests, topics covered in this important conversation will inspire action and plant seeds of hope.

John Vaillant will also take part in a book signing at the end of the event. Click here to register. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by Salishan Catering


1:00 Light Refreshments & Connection

1:30 Welcome from Elder Lekeyten

1:45 Welcome from the Office of the Provost

1:50 Introduction of the Panelists and Moderator

2:00 Panel Discussion

3:00 Audience Q & A

3:30 Light Refreshments & Book Signing